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Travel to the west coast of Italy with this homemade Neapolitan pizza! Learn how to make pizza dough with fresh and simple ingredients and create a perfect crust that is crisp, light and slightly charred. It doesn't get more authentic than this! If you want some delicious ideas on what to do with this crust or other amazing crust, try my cheese breadsticks or pizza rolls!
By sharing a recipe on how to make pizza dough, he started on a life-changing, palate-altering European vacation. Not long ago, my husband and I made our first pilgrimage to the homeland of pizza: Naples. We spent the first few days wandering the cobblestone streets, drinking red wine and eating our weights in the ice cream. Although glorious, I couldn't contain my enthusiasm for our scheduled party in L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint.
Over the years, I have heard quite a bit about this classic pizzeria located in the center of Naples: the birthplace of Neapolitan pizza. The plain and simple cakes at Pizzeria Da Michele have been rated a "life-changing" experience by tourists from around the world! Since my first bite, a Napoli pizza obsession has been undeniably difficult to handle. Years later, I am still excited about my experience with my family and friends and now I am going to share it with you!
OUR NEAPOLITAN PIZZA ADVENTURE
If you have never tried to navigate the streets of Italy, let me tell you something: it is not easy. Driving to the pizzeria, my husband and I spent hours following a confusing (and not very useful) map. We arrived exhausted, a little nervous and ready to eat.
L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele only serves two variations: Pizza Margherita and Pizza Marinara. Basically, you can't just roll over there and order a pepperoni, meat lover or a veggie pie. The simplicity of the menu was refreshing to say the least. In the end, we decided to order one of each.
Shortly after ordering, an older man, who looked to be in his 70s, could be seen in the kitchen preparing the magnificent dough.
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In a beautiful and carefree descent, our pizzas were at the brick fire and then at our table. The first bite was heavenly. The second, third, fourth and fifth were also. I lost count of bites (and cakes) soon after that.
We left that pizzeria in love and frankly, amazed at what we had just experienced. From that moment I knew that no other pizza could compare. What was I going to do? I think teaching him how to make pizza dough and not just any pizza dough, but an incredibly Neapolitan pizza dough was just the ticket!
HOW TO MAKE PIZZA MASS – NEAPOLITAN PIZZA STYLE
With a legendary pizza moment firmly implanted in my mind, I came home with a goal. Although I knew I couldn't recreate the tasty charcoal flavor that comes from using a pizza oven, I was sure I could use my grill to get closer! So I sifted the flour, preheated the oven, and got to work!
A Neapolitan pizza dough is delicate, light, and slightly chewy. The crust should be crisp while preserving that fluffy interior. And all of you could have done it!
This Neapolitan pizza dough recipe is simple but delicious. With just a few ingredients and even fewer steps, you're ready to roll. Here are some tips to help along the way:
- Use a quality olive oil. I recently received an amazing olive oil from Bertoli, and it turned out to be amazing to cover my dough and add extra flavor.
- Use the Broiler. An authentic Naples Pizza is cooked in a brick oven that can reach over 800 degrees! The extremely high heat is what makes the cooking time faster and that wonderful charcoal. Of course, our ovens are not capable of that kind of heat, but we can use the broiler for the last ¼ of cooking to burn the crust.
- Start with simple ingredients. After all the hard work you've done to make homemade dough, do you really want to cloud the flavor with heavy toppings? Try a reduced (homemade) pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and basil for an authentic margherita experience. But if that's not your steez, complete with whatever you want!
Whatever you do, try it right away and give the takeaway / delivery pizza a break. You can thank me later!
USEFUL EQUIPMENT TO MAKE PIZZA MADE AT HOME
There are a lot of pizza-making kits that can come in handy. But, I find that a good amount of suggested tools are unnecessary and expensive.
Here are some everyday kitchen items that can be surprisingly helpful:
Parchment paper This dough can be quite sticky, so I think sometimes working on floured parchment paper can help prevent * sticky * situations. Parchment paper can also be used to transfer your pizza to the oven if you don't have a peel or are just looking for a simpler cooking process.
Gallon ContainersStore any remaining dough or topping in plastic containers with lids and quarts. Use a marker pen to label and date ingredients, then store them in the freezer for later use. When you're ready for more pizza, you've got a homemade kit waiting for you!
Flat pan (cookie) Don't have a pizza peel or a baking stone? A cookie sheet can do both. Just make sure to flour the surface abundantly or take out the parchment paper!
Once your dough has rested properly (at least 2 hours but up to 24), it's time to make pizza! Although it can be a little intimidating, I encourage you to have fun with it. Chances are, your first few attempts will get confusing, but with practice, you can shed dough with the best!
Follow the steps below to get the BEST pizza:
- Preheat oven to its highest level without having to turn on the broiler
- Generously flour your work surface and hands
- Gently work the dough in a circle making sure to leave the outer circle thicker than the rest. I would suggest using your hands instead of a rolling pin.
- Cover the pizza lightly. The heavier the pizza, the more difficult it will be to transfer.
- Transfer the pizza to the oven (be careful!) And cook for 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will depend on how hot the oven is. Look for a golden brown crust and some crust bubbles
- Turn on the grill for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking to deepen the color. Look carefully, the pizza will burn quickly if left on too long.
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How to make pizza dough: perfect Neapolitan pizza!
Travel to the west coast of Italy with this homemade Neapolitan pizza! Learn how to make pizza dough with fresh and simple ingredients and create a perfect crust that is crisp, light and slightly charred. It doesn't get more authentic than this!
Course: main course
Keyword: dough, easy recipes, recipes for kids, pizza, pizza dough, pizza recipe, traditional food recipes
Preparation time: 2 hours.
Cook time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of instant yeast
- 3 / 4-1 cup warm water
- 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons of quality olive oil to cover the bowl
- Optional: cornmeal to sprinkle dough
Add all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast to a medium bowl. Quickly combine the dry mix with a whisk.
Then add water to mix and use a whisk to make sure everything is mixed.
Knead a little and form a ball.
Take a large bowl and top with quality olive oil. Add the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise to room temperature for at least 2 hours, but longer is better.
When ready, roll out the dough and start making pizza.
Use the Broiler. An authentic Naples Pizza is cooked in a brick oven that can reach over 800 degrees! The extremely high heat is what makes the cooking time faster and that wonderful charcoal. Of course, our ovens are not capable of that kind of heat, but we can use the broiler for the last ¼ of cooking to burn the crust.
Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 23mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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