pizzadough

Delia Smith's Basic Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is made in almost the same way as white bread – by hand or using a food processor, except that you add olive oil and a little sugar to the flour mixture and there isn't a second rising.

6 oz plain white soft flour

1 level tsp salt

1 level teaspoon dried yeast

1/2 level teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Pizza Troubleshooting

There are times when you might still have a soggy bottom (on your pizza!) even when using a pizza stone. Here are some possible reasons for a soggy pizza base:

  • · Too much sauce
  • · The cooking time is not long enough to extract the moisture
  • · Too many fresh vegetables which add to the water content, less is often more on pizzas
  • · Not enough cornflour
  • · Too much oil on the pizza - try adding this later

TANYA TIP: Some pizza chefs prebake the crust before adding the toppings.

The idea behind a pizza stone is to distribute the heat evenly across the pizza base and secondly to extract the moisture, so that your pizza dough is crispy. Heat is important in the cooking process of a pizza: all breads need a high temperature to cook. A little cornflour rubbed on the pizza stone before it gets heated can prevent the finished pizza dough from sticking. Because it is porous it does absorb other things such as soap and oil, which means that they should never be washed with a detergent and only ever with cool water when the stone is cool.

pizza stone  

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about making really tasty pizzas.......
  • Cheese, cheese and cheese!  ie add 3 or 4 different cheeses but steer clear of strong cheddar and other high fat, hard cheeses as they overpower the pizza and make it greasy, too. Mozzarella, Gruyere, Dolcelatte and Parmesan work very well.
  • Chicken and Mushroom - Don't be boring! Use great big Portobello mushrooms, or some of the wonderful and unusual mushrooms available in the supermarkets today. Also, try using spicy chicken, tandoori chicken or marinated chicken to add a new dimension.
  • Proscuttio, Ricotta, and Olives - speaks for itself
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes, Basil and Pesto
  • Fresh Herbs - add your cheese first, then sprinkle freshly chopped mixed herbs on top - oregano, parsley, basil and mint would be a good combo.
  • Roasted Vegetables - Roast a selection of veg first, then add to the prepared base to finish off - courgettes, red onion, celery, peppers & carrots would be great!
  • Bacon & Spinach - Chopped dry cure bacon with torn spinach leaves
  • Pepperoni,  Onion &  Jalapeno peppers - hot and spicy!

We've seen some fab ideas on a great recipe website - check out the pizza combo ideas on GreatPartyRecipes.com


 

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