Perfect Pizza

1) mmmmmm, pizza

Continuing with the ltalian theme this weekend, G made a homemade pizza Sunday night. The goal was to try to replicate a traditional pizza margarita and more so, to get things so right that it could be baked – like they do in Italy – in 90 seconds.

Now to start, baking a pizza from scratch in 90 seconds is very difficult. Traditional pizza ovens can obtain temperatures in excess of 500°C while our own capable KitchenAid here can make its way to a little over 500°F. For those of you challenged by metric, that puts us short about 430°F (500°C = about 932°F). So, where to find the extra temperature needed? Well, you really can’t make it all up, but by putting the broiler to convection broil, moving your rack to about 6 inches from the element, letting the oven heat for an hour beforehand, and by ensuring you put a cast iron pan or – in our case a castiron pizza pan – in the oven as it heats you can get the oven to around 550°F. Enough to amazingly cook the pizza in roughly 4:30. Not bad all things considered.

2) G works the dough; 3) oven-roasted tomatoes

4) fresh basil; 5) giving the dough some holes

6) onto the peel it goes for dressing; 7) homemade tomato sauce first

8 & 9) adding the basil

9) adding the tomatoes; 10) finish with the buffalo mozzarella

11) fresh from the oven; 12) onto the plate

This was so good, we opted to make pizza again Monday night … this time adding some prosciutto ham.

13 & 14) once more with ham this time!

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7 Responses to Perfect Pizza

  1. chow says:

    Very, very nicely done.

  2. vsan79 says:

    OMG, i am so hungry now … lol.

  3. christao408 says:

    I always keep some pizza dough on hand – it makes a quick, easy and healthy meal.  I add a baking stone for extra heat absorption but certainly the heat is still nowhere as hot as it really should be.  One of these days, though, I’m getting a wood-burning oven!

  4. Fatcat723 says:

    Love homemade pizza – there are so many things to add for taste!!!

  5. CurryPuffy says:

    Prosciutto ham!! Yumm!!

  6. upandoutward says:

    That is AWESOME. It looks halfway healthy too!

  7. ElusiveWords says:

    You guys are like that chef on FoodTV – Heston Blumenthal.

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