No one leaves an Italian holiday without being smitten with pizza. And by that we mean, the real deal.
That chewy but still crisp thin dough laced with yeasty undertones. Topped with incredible sauce, tasty sausage or aged prosciutto, basil, creamy mozzarella.
So when we can’t take a European vacation, understandably, we want that deliciousness at home. And here’s how you can get as close to it as possible with the added benefit that you can share the experience with your whole family.
STEP ONE: Make the dough
KitchenAid Pizza Dough
- KitchenAid stand mixer with the flat beater and dough hook attachment
- Digital scale
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rolling pin
- Pizza tray
- 2 cups (300g) bread / strong flour
- 7g sachet dried yeast*
- ½ tsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 150ml tepid water
- 50ml olive oil
- Extra olive oil for greasing
- Extra plain flour for dusting
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- Preheat oven to 230C (210C for a fan-forced oven).
- Attach the flat beater to the stand mixer and pouring shield to the mixing bowl.
- Place flour, yeast, sugar and salt into the bowl. Mix on speed 2 until combined.
- Add the tepid water and oil and mix until the dough just comes together.
- Change attachments and place on the dough hook. Knead on speed 2 for 4 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.
- Remove the dough (with lightly floured hands) to a clean lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 15 – 30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Return to the mixer and knead 10 seconds.
- Roll out or press out into the pizza tray. (For a thick dough crust: the dough can be covered and placed in a warm place for 10 minutes)
If you’re feeling really energetic, make your own sauce. If not you can buy good quality passata everywhere now. Choose good quality toppings and when it comes to good pizza, simple really is best.
STEP TWO: Choose your topping!
If you’re stuck for inspiration try these combinations:
- Sugo, basil, burrata.
- Sugo, mozzarella, prosciutto and fresh rocket, finished with a squeeze of lemon
- Sugo, Italian sausage of your choice, green olives, tinned artichoke
- Thinly sliced potato, fresh rosemary, sea salt
- Or check out our blog which features three fantastic topping ideas
STEP THREE: Cook and enjoy!
There are lots of ways to cook pizza at home to get an authentic result.
A pizza stone in a hot oven is a great way to start with minimal investment.
A benchtop pizza oven is a small investment guaranteed to deliver truckloads of happiness.
We love the MasterPro Ultimate Pizza Oven because it has top and bottom heating elements, so it closely replicates the effect of a wood-fired oven and you can adjust the thermostat.