Margherita Pizza

     Jessica and I have been talking for weeks about making homemade pizza, ever since we went to Via Napoli in Epcot over our honeymoon. We loved the simplicity of the Margherita pizza with its few easy ingredients and I’ve been trying to recreate it ever since. This recipe is just about right! 

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • Breadcrumbs

For the pizza: 

  • 4 tbsp pizza sauce (or any tomato sauce of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan 
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella 
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olives


Directions:

For the dough:

1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. In a separate bowl add the yeast to the lukewarm water to activate it. Create a hole in the center of the flour and slowly add the yeast and water until you form a rough dough. Set the dough on a floured surface and let rest for about 10 minutes.

2. After the dough has rested, knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Separate the dough into four equal size balls and then let set for two hours in a warm place, or until the dough has doubled in size. *Alternatively - you can make two balls and have two larger pizzas, use the extra dough to make breadsticks, or freeze the dough for later use.

3. Once the dough has doubled in size, form the dough of the pizza, being careful not to roll it too thin. It should be approximately 1/4 inch thick, with the edges slightly thicker to form the crust.

For the pizza:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Mix the tomato paste into the pizza sauce to thicken it. Thinly spread sauce on to the pizza dough and top with a bit of olive oil. 

3. Add freshly grated parmesan cheese, Mozzarella, basil leaves, olives, and any other topping you wish over pizza. 

4.  Bake for 7-10 minutes in a 425 degree oven. 

Click the video below to watch how to make this delicious pizza!