I realized a long time ago that if I had no idea how to cook - I’d be reliant on others and my limited wallet to have really good food…
I first learned how to cook from my late mother, who taught me to make tea when I was 2 years old (we had mint plants growing outside the kitchen door)
Since then, I have gone way beyond where I started, and I wanted to make a thread here about favorite recipes for good chow…
To make a PIZZA is a simple thing if you know how. The key is knowing how to PRE-Bake a crust for it, the essential bread on which the PIZZA is built, and here is the simplest and best way:
First I will point you at a video about making French Bread. I DO NOT agree with the recipe there, because i go with 3 cups of flour, to 1 and a bit extra cups of water, plus the yeast and whatever spices you want to add to the dry flour as the yeast proves itself in the wet part
*You can add dill seed or other spices to the dry flour before you mix it all up
Having seen that video - THAT is what I make a pizza crust with, by rolling it out flat!
And what I go with is heating the oven to 325 f. (quite what that is in C I leave to you to figure out) but what I also will do is to let it rise BETWEEN two pizza trays - on is used to cover the other so that the dough cannot dry out. I bake it the same way
Another tip is to pre-heat the oven to it’s lowest temp, 170F. or whatever, and let the dough rise between the pans until it starts to lift the top pan up
The final step is to bake the pizza crust(s) at 325 F. for twenty five minutes, and let it cool off in there - check it to see if it is browning nicely
What you will have is a pizza BODY that can in the space of minutes be topped with anything you like…
I have observed that Pizza Shops spread a very thin layer of tomato paste on their crusts (which ARE pre-baked) but what I will suggest to you is that you use tomato in other forms.
I like to drain a can of diced tomato and green chilies into a cup (the juice from that is a wonderful drink) and use that instead of a paste.
It also gives you several toppings all at once:
Garlic & Spices
On top of that pile whatever you want - it is a good opportunity to clear out leftovers from your fridge, ain’t it?
On top of it all, scatter your favorite shredded cheese, which need not be Mozzarella
~The next one I make I will share a picture of
But by PRE-BAKING the crust, and a crust of your own choice, but essentially French Bread - you have what you need to make a Pizza that no take away or Domino’s can match!
and you can use any flour you like, including Rye or Pumpernickel