Tinkerbell probably thought of pizza whenever she needed to fly. No doubt about it, pizza is happy food; that is why it is one of the foods most ordered for delivery and one of the most popular throughout the world.
The funny thing is, pizza didn’t start out with such a great reputation. The pizza was a baker’s tool: a dough used to verify the temperature of the oven. It was a dish of the poor people, sold in the street and was not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time.
The ancestors of the pizza we know now hardly resembled it. Before the 17th century, the pizza was covered with white sauce. This was later replaced by oil, cheese, tomatoes (we can thank Columbus for that topping) or fish. By the late 18th century it was common for the poor of the area around Naples to add tomato to their yeast-based flat bread, and so the pizza was born. The dish gained in popularity, and soon pizza became a tourist attraction as visitors to Naples ventured into the poorer areas of the city to try the local specialty. In June 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita,” a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. He was the first to add cheese. I’m incredibly grateful for his idea.
Three centuries later, pizza is still so popular that we can’t get enough of it. Pizza can get expensive if you keep getting it delivered (unless the delivery person is late); so your option would be getting a pizza coupons or why not learn how to make it at home? Not only will it be cheaper, but you can also choose healthiest and tastiest (or weirdest) ingredients, it’s all up to you.
Pizza Dough: This will make enough dough for two 10-12 inch pizzas
1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F-115°F any hotter will kill the yeast)
1 package of active dry yeast (make sure to check the expiration date on the package)
3 1/2 cups bread flour (can use all-purpose but bread flour will give you a crispier crust)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Cornmeal (to slide the pizza onto the pizza stone)
Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, shredded
Mushrooms, thinly sliced
Bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, thinly sliced
Italian sausage, cooked ahead
Chopped fresh basil
Pepperoni, thinly sliced
Onions, thinly sliced (use a mandolin for perfectly thin slices)
Special equipment needed