Friday, February 09, 2007

Homemade Pizza

pizza out from the oven, ready to eat

Until about a few weeks ago, I never made my own pizza dough. I either bought the pre-made crust/ frozen pizza dough or worst yet the "pizza kit" that they sell at the stores. It always seemed like it would be a very daunting task to make dough from scratch.

One of my so called "cooking resolutions" for this year include making bread from scratch, making pizza dough from scratch, making ravoili from scratch among other things.

I saw Elise's post on homemade pizza and that gave me the go-try-making-the-pizza-dough-now motivation. Thank you, Elise :). I even bought a pizza stone recently on one of my trips to TX so I was itching to break it in as well.

The major hindrance I have in bread making is that I don't have a stand mixer or a bread machine which means I have to knead the dough by hand. For pizza dough though, I had seen somewhere that the dough could be made in a food processor. Off I went to test my google skills and I found Sara Moulton's recipe and Emerill's recipe.

I mostly followed Moulton's recipe except for the following incorporations from Emerill's and Elise's recipe.

  • I used Emerill's "soft but not sticky" concept to see when the dough was ready to come out of the food processor.
  • I kneaded the dough for about 4-5 minutes by hand, after it was mixed in the food processor.
  • I let the yeast rise for about 1 hour.
  • I also let the dough rise after dividing into 2 portions for about 15 minutes, before I rolled them out for the crust.
  • I mostly followed Elise's recipe for baking the pizza. I improvised with a cooke sheet since I do not own a pizza peel.
pizza dough, ready to be put in the oiled bowl

rolled-out pizza crust

turned cookie sheet being used instead of a pizza peel

pizza, ready to bake

The pizza was so good and it did not seem like it was too much work at all. Infact, after the first try, I have made it every week since then. Now as I sit here blogging, I am thinking "why did I take so long to try the homemade pizza?"


Linda said...

Oh... awesome! Great looking homemade pizza -- something I haven't dared try. Thanks for the detailed recipe and tips :)

RP said...

Great! I have blogged home made pizza too. It is too easy to make at home, easier than chapathis!

Anonymous said...


Your pizza looks great! I make pizzas using pita breads or readymade pizza doughs...never from scratch....but...what cheese did u use here?

Anu Russell said...

hey a couple of things I do to the pizza girish and I make...

we sometimes add Tandoori chicken and tandoori paneer.

We also add Maggi Tomato Hot and Sweet Ketchup...really gives hte pizza a zing! Try it out :)

pritya said...

Wow! that looks good. You are right when you say that the dough making is a little tricky. Great images and a tempting recipe!!! I like your description of blog name on the top.

Pritya said...

Wow! that looks good. You are right when you say that the dough making is a little tricky. Great images and a tempting recipe!!! I like your description of blog name on the top.

Bay said...

It looks soooo yummy. I'm gonna have to try it out in a while, for sure.

m.Lee said...

I haven't in awhile but I used my food processor with a dough blade to make pizza dough and freeze it all the time. A nice trick when making your own pizza is to blind bake the crust for a couple of minutes before adding the toppings. Makes for a crisper crust because the crust is protected from the sauce seeping in.

Elise said...

It looks great! Homemade pizza is surprisingly easy to make, isn't it?

b. cleveland said...

i have always been afraid of making my own dough and trying homemade pizza, too. you did a great job illustrating the process of building that pie. thanks!!

Reema said...

enjoy your recipes!!! is very yummy and easy to cook...