I love this recipe very much. So I am narrating this post as a best medium-thick crust pizza (not too thin and not too thick, just like the way we love it).
Here in this recipe I have made the crust like a bread dough (rising the dough twice) and I think that's the secret behind the uniformly successful ones.
I prepared the dough using a 'kitchenaid stand mixer' and I am sure hand kneading also would bring closer results.
Also , always be careful on the 'lukewarm water' temperature. The yeast should froth within 10 minutes. Keep in mind to use the yeast within 2 months after purchase and keep it refrigerated always. If the 'proofing of yeast' is successful, then the baking would be definitely successful.
|Homemade pizza slice|
|Sauce I made for pizza|
|Before the yeast rises|
|After 10 minutes of yeast proofing.|
|Kneading the dough|
|The pizza dough|
|After 1 hour of rising|
|After second rising|
|Flatten the dough to pizza shape|
|Bake for 5 minutes|
lukewarm water - 1/2 cup
olive oil - 3 tbsp
1 sachet active dry yeast (1.5 tablespoon approximately)
salt - 1 tsp
sugar - 2 tsp
All purpose flour - 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups
garlic powder - 1 tsp
Microwave the water for 10 seconds (0r) just get the warm water from tap.
Add the oil, yeast, salt, sugar and keep it for 10 minutes.
It will become frothy.
Mix this with flour and garlic powder.
Knead to make a soft dough. We can knead the dough in a kitchenaid mixer. Use the dough hook and keep the speed at 4 or 5.
Coat the dough with little oil and cover with a damp cloth. Keep it in a tight vessel and keep it for 1 hour inside a warm place (I preheat oven to 150 F for 5 minutes).
Let it raise for 1 hour. After 1 hour , the dough will triple in volume.
Punch and knead again. Keep it to raise again for one more hour.
Now also the dough will raise.
This is the perfect pizza dough. We can prepare the dough and keep it in fridge for 1 or 2 days or we can use it immediately.
tomato puree (from can) - 1/4 cup
sugar - 1 tbsp
hot sauce - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste
Italian seasoning - 1 tbsp
garlic powder - 1 tsp
crushed red pepper - a pinch
fresh basil leaf - handful (chopped)
Mix this in a bowl and keep aside. Or just use a 1/2 cup of store bought sauce. My neighbor aunty would add tomato ketchup + hot sauce + seasonings only.
Shredded mozzarella cheese - 1 /2cup
Parmesan cheese - 2 tbsp
red onion - 1/2 (sliced thinly)
red capsicum - 1/4 cut in to small pieces
Jalapeno pepper - 1/2
pickled yellow pepper - 1
olives - few
Slice and keep the vegetables ready.
How to bake a pizza?
Preheat the oven to 375 F for 10 minutes before we start baking.
Pizza chefs know a lot of skills to prepare a flat bread. But I have only one trick. I just place the dough on a pizza baking tray and flatten it using a rolling pin or by hand.
Then apply a little oil over the flattened dough., spread it. Using a fork prick a few times all around.
Bake it at 375 F for 5 minutes.
Take it out.
Spread the prepared pizza sauce.
Spread the prepared toppings and cheese.
Bake at 375 F for 12 - 15 minutes, until fully cooked,
Take out. Slice and enjoy while it is hot.