Pizza is one of the yummiest junk foods that has taken the industry by storm. Amidst many other junk foods, pizza is liked by many. Be it in any flavor and topping, kids, adults, and elderly like it. While there are numerous pizza parlors that make mouth-watering pizzas, people like to prepare it at home too. However, there are certain very basic mistakes or misconceptions regarding baking pizza at home. The following tips will enable you to make it a painless experience from next time onwards.
1. Forget the Fancy Appliances
It’s a long-held misconception that perfect pizza dough can only be made through electronic appliances like food processors, bread machines, or dough hooks. Instead, dough made by hands is equally good. Do it manually. Take a large bowl, spoon, and knead it well. Leave for a while to rise.
2. It’s Not as Time Consuming as You Think
Though dough takes time to rise with the help of yeast, it will still be ready by the time you want it to. Warm kitchens are suitable in this aspect as yeast works better in high temperatures. In addition, you can also try a time saving trick, i.e. heat the oven to 150o, switch it off, and then place the dough inside to let it rise faster.
3. Prepare it while Away from Home
For those busy working men and women who can’t take time out to prepare a yummy pizza in one go; here’s a noteworthy tip. Mix the dough ingredients and knead it slightly in the morning. Now transfer it in an oiled bowl while wrapping it up with oiled plastic. Keep the bowl in the refrigerator and let it rise slowly. Your dough will be ready when you are back from work.
4. Use What You Already Have
People assume that a pizza paddle is the key tool to make perfect topping and sliding. Though it’s an interesting tool, it’s not the only option. You can use parchment paper instead. In order to prevent dough from sticking onto the parchment paper, sprinkle cornmeal onto the paper. Now slide it in the oven and wait while it bakes.
5. We Have a Substitute to the Pizza Stone
For those who don’t have a pizza stone, then baking sheets, parchment paper, and cornmeal will work best. Put together baking sheets and parchment paper, sprinkle cornmeal, and place the pizza over the back of the baking sheet. The crust will still be as delicious as made over a pizza stone.
6. Professional Heating Effects at Home
Shops have professional ovens that are not commonly seen at homes and apartments. However, you can still make a professional pizza at home because the difference is simply that of the degree of heat. Preheat your oven for 10-15 minutes at maximum heat, reduce it to normal level, and place the pizza in. It’ll be cooked as if made by a pro.
7. Pizza Made Fastest in Broiler
This is a tricky technique as it requires precise time management. Heat the broiler at maximum flame, place the pizza on its backside for no more than 1.62 minutes, take it out, and experience the wonderfully cooked pizza.
8. Try Grilling
Pizza cooked on a grill is amazing in taste. What you need to do is to grease the grill, heat it, and place the rolled out dough over it. Cook for a couple of minutes from one side. As the color changes, flip it over a platter, do the toppings on the uncooked side, and place it back over the grill. Let it cook while covered with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.
9. Buy Ready-to-Bake
When you are tired, pressed on time, or simply don’t want to do it on your own; buy dough from the shop instead. The rest you can do at home.