10 Tips for Making Better Homemade Pizza
You don’t need to be an expert to make great homemade pizzas. These 10 tips for making better homemade pizza and a good recipe is all you need to enjoy delicious homemade pizzas every single time. Simple, easy to follow tips that work every single time even if it’s your first attempt at making your own pizza.
I make Pizza at home every other week and it’s usually on a Thursday because our weekend starts on Friday! We call it Pizza Thursday. Like most kids, both my babies love Pizza.
The only reason we can afford to eat Pizza every week is that it’s homemade. I know exactly what goes into my pizza; I make homemade pizza dough, homemade tomato sauce and I am in control of what and how much cheese goes on that pizza.
My kids hate store bought Pizza….
One of the reasons I started making pizza every week was because Aadi and Rhea hate the pizza we get here locally. When they go to kids birthday parties the snack offered is usually a Pizza but often the cheese they use on those pizzas are the non-dairy cheese. We are not a big fan of that vegetable fat based cheese which is so greasy and inedible. And of course not healthy. At first, I did not realize until I once went to order a pizza myself. It’s non-dairy pizza mostly because here people try to keep kosher as they do not eat meat and dairy together.
Over years and years of baking pizza at home myself and giving you both my pizza recipes on this blog. My homemade pizza dough as well as my whole wheat pizza dough. There are a few things I thought I must share with you. These are tips I learned over the years, some by trial and error and some from people who were kind enough to share their tips and secrets.
10 Tips for making better homemade Pizza (Save/Pin)
- My first secret is a good homemade Pizza is a Pizza stone. Believe it or not; you will see a huge difference in your pizza baked on a pizza stone as compared to the baking tray. These use to cost a bomb before but nowadays there are many affordable pizza stones on the market. Having said that do buy a good quality pizza stone that will last you a lifetime. I’ve been using mine for over 10 years. My oven has changed but not my pizza stone. It looks really shabby because it has baked me many pizzas and bread over the years.
- Invest in a pizza trayor a pizza peel. That will help you transfer your pizza to and out of the oven. I have a pizza tray and it works really well.
- Keep the dough soft and elastic – like the way I show you in both my pizza dough recipes for homemade pizza as well as whole wheat pizza dough.
- Preheat the oven for a good 30 minutes before you bake your first homemade pizza. The pizza stone takes longer to heat so while your preheat indicator may show that your oven has preheated – the stone takes longer to reach that temperature. Yes, it does use up some electricity but that’s a different issue altogether.
- The reason you want your pizza stone hot is so that you get that nice bottom crust while still maintaining the softness of the dough on the inside.
- If you like more crisp crust? Par-bake your pizza for 5 to 7 minutes before you add the cheese. That way you will have a crusty crust and your cheese won’t get brown.
My kids prefer soft pizza so I add the cheese in all at once. But sometimes I do make a crusty one for Ziv and me.
- Plan your homemade pizza so you enjoy the process instead of getting stressed. Pizza is a lot tastier when it’s fun!! Trust me on this. Kids love helping out too. My Rhea has the patience to place each mushroom slice one at a time making sure they are evenly spaced.
- When adding cheese – grate it directly over the pizza. This will help distribute it evenly and you will use less cheese which is much more healthy. Unless of course, you want an extra helping of cheese.
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- Flour – Use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour – you will find that your dough will be more soft and elastic. If you cannot find bread flour all-purpose will do as well.
- Yeast – I’m not a slave to any particular brand but I do use instant dry yeast as compared to fresh or instant yeast. You can add the yeast directly to your flour without testing it but I’m old school, I like to use the safe and stress-free method. Which is why I still do let my yeast activate first.
- Water – the temperature of the water you use for yeast has to be warm – not hot, nor cold. Almost the temperature of the liquid you give a baby. Approximately 105 to 115 F
- Cornmeal – If you use a Pizza peel – use cornmeal on it to help slide the pizza in and out. I use a Pizza tray with holes so it works best with flour.
- Leaves – often we use basil as the topping. Sometimes we use spinach and leeks too. whatever leaves you choose to use. It is best to add these as a garnish as leaves burn in the oven.
10. Tips for making better homemade pizzas – Freezing pizza dough or pizzas
- You can freeze homemade pizza dough. Just punch down the dough and remove as much of the air. then place in a freezer approved ziplock bag and place in the freezer for a month or more.
To thaw just place the bag in the fridge for a couple of hours before you need to use it. Let it come to room temperature for an hour before you use it.
- Alternatively, you can bake the pizza, cut the slices, cool them completely before you place the slices in a ziplock bag. You can freeze these for long but mine have never stayed for more than a week. They make a great snack for kids during those mid-meal snack times.
To thaw just place the slice from freezer to the microwave. The condensation thaws into the pizza keeping it fresh. Usually, one minute on high for one slice works great for my microwave.
- I often make mini pizzas and save them for the kids’ school snacks. Freeze and thaw them the same way as the slices above.
After you doing reading these helpful tips, you can find my recipe for homemade pizza dough/crust recipe as well as Quick homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes here to make your delicious homemade pizza.
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