Make your own fresh pizza, delicious sauce and super crust!
Making your own pizza is very tasty, simple, healthy and a lot cheaper than from the supermarket or the pizzaria. With this basic sauce and the recipe for the ideal pizza crust, you really don’t need anything else. The most important tip for making your own pizza? Be very careful with the amount of sauce you put on your pizza! Then your crust is the tastiest and your pizza looks the most like that delicious pizza in Italy!
The history of pizza
The birthplace of the pizza is Naples in Italy. Until the 19th century, pizza was food for the poor. They did not have an oven themselves, but made everything at home and brought it to a pizza baker who baked the pizza in an oven. Later the nobility became curious about this food and from that moment on, pizza is no longer just for the poorest.
Recipe for the tastiest crust
- 350 grams flour (Tip: if your oven can get very hot, otherwise normal flour is also good)
- 220 ml of lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (Is pure for the color, you can omit this if you want)
- 7 grams of instant yeast
Dissolve the sugar in the water. Stir in the yeast and let it stand for 15 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt. Slowly add the water with yeast and mix together.
Knead the dough on a floured counter or a marble slab for about ten minutes.
Grab a bowl, oil it and put your dough in it. Set this aside for about 2 hours.
After rising, knead the part again and divide into 2 parts for 2 large pizzas or 3 parts for 3 small pizzas.
Roll out the dough balls as thinly as possible to get a delicious thin base. Add the sauce from the recipe below.
Delicious basic sauce for use on your pizza
You make this sauce once and freeze it in small portions, so that you always have a delicious sauce ready when you want to make pizza. A tip for easy freezing in small portions? Take a muffin / cupcake mold made of silicone and fill it with your sauce. If you freeze these you have perfect amounts of sauce that you can defrost individually.
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 red onion
- 2 cans of peeled tomatoes
- 1 can of tomato paste
- Pepper and salt
- 1 or 2 red peppers
It is important with this sauce that you reduce it well! There is nothing worse than a soggy, soggy bottom! So take the time to make this sauce!
Finely chop the garlic and onion. Do not put the garlic in a press, but cut it into thin slices. Fry these in olive oil and add the tomato paste. Let this cook for a while and then add the pepper. If you prefer something nothing spicy, take out the seeds. Let it bake for a while and then add the 2 tins of peeled tomatoes. Do you have leftover tasty fresh tomatoes? Then you can of course also use it. Just make sure to get rid of the skin!
Add salt and pepper to taste and let it reduce for at least half an hour on as low a heat as possible.
This sauce is perfect for the base of your pizza. I put about 2 tablespoons of it on a pizza base of about 30 cm in diameter. You can also add mozzarella, basil or other delicacies of course. But beware: with a tasty pizza always money: Less is more
Baking the pizza
You bake the pizza through your oven as hot as possible before heating it up. The hotter the better. If you have access to a pizza stone or metal plate, this is ideal. This stone or plate immediately gives off extra heat to your bottom, making it quickly cooked and crispy. You put the pizza in your preheated oven for about 6 to 8 minutes. You can easily see if the pizza is ready: If the crust is completely hard along the edges, you can take your pizza out of the oven.