As a New Yorker, pizza runs through my veins. I grew up in Brooklyn, having access to a bunch of famous and delicious pizzerias. It wasn’t until I moved back to Brooklyn a few years ago that I was able to appreciate the beauty of pizza. There are also many thoughts on how to make pizza: what degree to bake it, which type of oven is best, etc. I’m not very picky when it comes to style, but I am a sucker for a traditional cheese or margherita pizza (especially from Di Fara or the delicious square pie from L&B Spumoni Gardens – if you don’t know, click here). Fresh mozzarella, topped with fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and homemade marinara sauce – but the sauce can’t be too sweet. I’ve always wanted to make homemade pizza, but I needed to learn how to make homemade pizza dough first. Making homemade pizza beats any pre-made dough, and while I don’t have a coal oven, making homemade pizza in your regular oven works very well, and this recipe is incredibly accessible.
I will admit I was very hesitant when I decided I would make my own pizza dough. Using yeast and getting the water to mix it with at a perfect warm temperature scared me, but I knew that if I didn’t give it a shot I would never try. I watched multiple videos of what properly activated yeast should look like, swallowed my pride, and dove right in. I didn’t realize it before, but I now know that my oven has a “bread proof” option, which made it easy for me to proof the dough. Check your oven if there is an option there too when making this recipe. Otherwise, you can simply turn the light on in your oven and proof it in there for 30m.
I am so happy I decided to go through with making this because it came out phenomenal. Crisp crust with a gentle chew in each slice, and of course topped with basil, cheese, marinara from Primal Kitchen Foods (highly recommend!), and my favorite cheese from Organic Valley. Of course, you do not need to use the brands I shout out here, use what you have on hand! I cannot wait for you to make this homemade pizza, it’s going to be on repeat here. Plus, now that I know how to make pizza dough, who knows what I’ll make next 😉
No need to buy store bought dough after making this recipe. Homemade pizza dough is at your fingertips with this easy, quick, fun recipe! Buh-bye take out pizza, hello homemade deliciousness!
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