Homemade Pizza

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes in the western world. Pizzerias can be found in even the smallest towns. Names like "Little Caesar", "Dominoes", and "Pizza Hut" are some of the most recognized brands in the United States and Canada. Even though restaurants serve up great pizzas, homemade pizza is becoming ever more popular, perhaps because at home pizza can be tailored to precise tastes. Though some effort is involved, making pizza is not all that difficult.

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The history of pizza reveals that it began as a flat round bread eaten by peasants, but the love of pizza bread by an Italian Queen and a master pizzeria baker brought forth a new dish in the late 1800s. Before the second world war, pizza was made mainly in Italy. It was the soldiers who fought and occupied the peninsula that acquired a taste for pizza and other Italian dishes and spread the word about it.

To make a good pizza at home requires great pizza dough. Ready-made crusts can be bought in supermarkets. Nevertheless, for fresh flavor and customized crispy-ness nothing beats homemade pizza dough. The best method to ensure that homemade doughs are done and the right consistency is to bake them before putting on the other ingredients - ten minutes at 400° Fahrenheit (204° Celsius) should be sufficient. (See our pizza dough recipe.)

The next step in making pizza is spreading on pizza sauce. This can be done with sauce from a jar or made from scratch ingredients. Here custom made sauces can produce delicious flavors. Both red and white sauces may be used. Sauce should not be laid on too thick. The idea is to create a flavorful base for a variety of toppings. (More info on pizza sauce and recipes.)

Toppings are an essential part of any pizza. The traditional North American topping is pepperoni with mozzarella cheese. Nevertheless, a wide variety of toppings go well on pizzas. As a rule, any meats used should be safe to eat before placed on the pizza. This means ham and cooked sausage as well as cooked hamburger are all acceptable. A wide variety of vegetables will also do well on a pizza. The toppings on a pizza are largely a matter of taste. (Learn more about pizza toppings.)

Homemade pizza can be baked on a cookie sheet. Even so, there are pans specifically designed for baking pizza. These will yield crusts more like those made in a pizzeria. For exquisite pizza dough try using a pizza stone. (More info on pizza pans and utensils.) When the crust, sauce, and toppings have all been added to a pizza. It should be placed in a 400° Fahrenheit (204° Celsius) oven for about 12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the crust).

Most pizzas are round, but they do not have to be. In fact, pizzas allow for experimentation. The information in this folio will give basic ideas and recipes that the pizza fan can use to develop his or her own homemade pizzas. To read through this folio in the manner in which it was intended, please use the links found at the bottom of each page. To get to a specific topic, use the links in the contents above or in the navbar located at the top of each page. Thanks for visiting InDepthInfo!

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