How To Make A Pizza

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Ruth Gresser demonstrates how to make dough for pizza and discusses how to top it.

    Ruth Gresser: Hi! I am Ruth Gresser from Pizzeria Paradiso and we are making pizza today. Right now I'm going to show you how to make pizza dough by hand. So, the first thing I'm going to do, is just dump the flour on the counter and then you create a well in the center, and you pour in ten ounces of water. You want water that is just over 100 degrees. Then next sprinkle the yeast on top, and then mix the yeast. So you just let that sit for a couple of minutes and let the yeast start to grow and now put in a tablespoon of oil and a tablespoon of salt and then we are just going to mix that in a little bit. So now we're going to start to make the dough itself by working in the flour. At this point the mixture is not going to go anywhere so you can start bringing in the whole wall of flour. We are kneading the dough for about 10 minutes, it's come together into a nice very soft dough and then you just want to put the dough to rise, cover it with plastic, it will take about 2 to 3 hours to rise. So I have got some flour on the counter, I am going to put some more flour on the dough itself. The first thing you want to do is you flatten the dough, when it gets to be about this size, you actually take it off the counter and pull the dough with the tips of your fingers and your thumb and you want to do this consistently around the pizza so that you maintain it's round shape. We think of pizza as tomato and mozzarella cheese but that's just the beginning. Remember, it's bread with food on top. So whatever you want for a meal, you can make it into a pizza if you like. First of all, to stimulate the wood burning oven, what I would suggest you do is turn your oven and make it as hot as you can get it. If it goes to 450, put it at 450; if it goes to 550, put it at 550. I would take a flat baking pan and put it in your oven and preheat the oven with the pan in it. If you have a pizza stone, you can use a pizza stone as well. I have the tip of the pizza peel on the floor of the oven, and I am going to make sure my pizza is loose, and then I am just going to pull the peel out. So there you have several different pizzas. Have fun in the kitchen and eat your pizza.