How To Make a Pizza
Okay I know many people want to know how to make a pizza so I'll explain how I prepare a pizza. It's quite easy really. No need to panic. Honestly, you know that a fresh home made pizza tastes a thousand times better than one of those frozen jobs in a box. To boot, pizza is nutritious when home made. Pizza is actually a balanced meal when you consider the carbohydrates in the flour, vitamins from the vegetables, proteins from the mozzarella cheese and fats from extra virgin olive oil.
Before I give you the recipe I'll just tell you a bit about the pizza in case you're wondering how the pizza originated.
The beginning of bread began in Neolithic times. Records indicate that people added other ingredients to make it tastier.
Flat exports go back to the ancient Etruscans, the Greeks, Turks, Indians and Germans.
Oddly enough the Chinese mistakenly believed that Pizza was an evolution of the Chinese green onion pancake. The story kind of goes like this: When Marco Polo was back in Italy he was dying to eat Chinese green onion pancakes. Whilst he was at a dinner party in Naples he asked the Chef to try and recreate the dish. After half a day the chef failed miserably and Marco said, "Never mind just slosh the ingredients on top instead of filling the dough". The guests at the party were thrilled with the results. In places like Hong Kong this belief has died out but in main land China this is still a common misconception!
The pizza as we know it today was born in Naples in the 18th century. Bear in mind that tomatoes were bought to Italy in the 16th century from the Americas but people were scared to eat them for fear of being poisoned. When Italian immigrants arrived in America in the 19th century Pizza hit the American scene. First it was sold only in Italian neighborhoods.
History indicates that the first time the word "Pizza" was used in 997AD from a Latin text which was discovered in Southern Italy. Nobody really knows where the word originated but there are a couple ofories which go like this:
1. The blackening of bread or black ash that wheaters at the bottom of the oven is translated into the word "picea" in Latin.
2. Latin word "pinsa", which is the past particible of the verb "pinsere" which means pounding or crushing and enlarging to the making of the pizza dough.
3. "Pizzicare" which is an Italian word which means to pluck, in the case of pizza this would indicate plucking the pizza from the oven.
4. When the lombardys invaded Italy in the 6th century they bought their old high german word with them pizzo or bizzo which means mouthful. The oxford English Dictionary favors that even though they do state it can not be proved.
For the dough you will need the following ingredients:
1 Kg Flour
2 Table spoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 g Yeast
Half Liter Water
10 g Salt
10 g Sugar
Crumble the yeast into warm water, with the sugar.
Add the flour and mix.
Add the extra virgin olive oil and salt.
Knead the dough until it is soft and smooth with an elastic consistency.
Divide the dough into 4 balls and leave to rise for 3 to 4 hours.
If you want a higher pizza then use 40 grams of yeast.
You can make any topping you like but here are my tips:
When adding tomato first eliminate the skins by placing the tomatoes into boiling water. Add extra natural olive oil, basil or wild marjoram.
You can use buffalo or cow mozzarella cheese, but you must drain the mozzarella first and only add 5 minutes before the end of cooking.
You can try roasted zucchini and egg plant.
To add onions first brown in olive oil, same applies for mushrooms.
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the preparation before placing in the oven.
To bake put put in a wood oven which has been heated to 350 ° C, in an electric oven to 250 ° C and leave to bake for 30 minutes.