Staying In: &pizza’s Recipe for the Perfect At-Home Pie
In these difficult times, it's important to find activities to do that will keep you feeling productive and centered. We can't think of a more enriching and nurturing task than cooking a delicious meal, which is why we asked &pizza to share a recipe for making their famous pie. Though the recipe below is for a classic margherita pizza, feel free to add whatever finishing touches you like to make it your own.
∙ 1 packet active dry yeast
∙ 1 log fresh mozz (shredded will work if you can't get fresh)
1) Activate the yeast
∙ Make sure the water is 95-100 degrees F. If the water is too cool, the yeast won't activate. If it's too hot, the yeast will die. Either way, your dough won't really rise properly.
∙ Mix the yeast and sugar into the warm water and let it rest for about 5 minutes (should look foamy on the surface).
2) Start making the dough
∙ Take 1 cup of your flour and mix it with 1 tsp of salt and 2 tbsp of EVOO in your stand mixer bowl and lightly incorporate with a whisk.
∙ Give your yeast mixture a stir one last time and add it to the bowl and again lightly incorporate with a whisk.
∙ Add the remaining flour to the bowl and attach your dough hook to your stand mixer.
∙ Turn the mixer on and set it to the lowest speed and mix for 20 minutes.
∙ You will know it's done when it comes together and stops sticking to the sides of the bowl. The consistency should be tacky, but not wet.
3) Proof the dough
∙ Grease your hands with oil or cooking spray and scrape the dough out of the bowl and shape it into a ball.
∙ Place this ball into a new bowl that has been lightly greased with oil or cooking spray.
∙ Mix the ball around the bowl a bit so the entire dough ball is covered with oil.
∙ Cover the ball of dough with plastic wrap or a lint free towel and let it rest for 45 mins up to an hour and a half in a warm spot.
∙ Once it's doubled in size, it's ready.
4) Shape the dough
∙ Press down on the dough slightly in the bowl to release some air and then turn it out and place it onto a lightly floured surface
∙ Cut the dough in half and cover each half with plastic wrap or a lint free towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
∙ Begin to work the dough and flatten it out into a 12" circle or whatever shape you desire. You could also do this directly into a pizza pan or on a stone if you have one. Make sure to spray your pan with cooking spray or grease with oil. Cornmeal or semolina flour is also a great method to prevent the dough from sticking.
5) Bake the pie
∙ Top your pizza with your desired toppings and bake at 475 degrees F for 15-18 mins, making sure to rotate the pizza halfway through, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese nice and melted.
Watch &Pizza demonstrate how to make the pies, below.
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