By Nick Donofrio
-3/4 Cups Flour. Flour is the base of making any type of dough. This ingredient is made by grinding uncooked cereal grains and other seeds or roots. In the 1930s, enriching flour became a popular technique used by bakers. It not only added flavour to the product but also made it more nutritious. Make sure to buy all-purpose flour for this recipe. Other variants such as pastry, self-rising, or cake flour will disrupt the overall quality of the pizza crust.
-1 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast. Dry yeast is used in many baking products as a leavening agent. It converts food sugars present in the dough into a carbon dioxide gas which in turn makes the product rise. After baking, the result is a more fluffy, puffed-up bread that is more appetizing than a hard case. Some benefits of using yeast in baking include the addition of fibre and vitamin B found in s. cerevisiae, the most common strand of yeast.
-1 Teaspoon Honey. Honey is a viscous sweetener produced by bees and other related insects. It is used in our pizza recipe as a sugar substance for the yeast to act on as well as a flavouring agent. Honey gets is a sweet taste from the glucose chemicals it possesses. It has been used for thousands of years all around the world. With only sixty-four calories in a tablespoon, it is a great alternative to sugar when sweetening foods and beverages.
-1/8 Teaspoon Salt. While it is often looked at as unhealthy, salt can be used to amplify flavours in foods. It has had culinary use for the past eight thousand years and can be found in every corner of the world. Salt used to be the primary method to preserve meats before temperature preservation was discovered in the new age.
-1 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil. Vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant such as safflowers, canola, and palm. It is used as a heating substance and a flavour base for many dishes around the world.
-5 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce. Tomato sauce is a key ingredient in this recipe. I recommend purchasing a plain canned sauce from your local grocery store. Tomato sauce has very little calories and sodium but packs a large amount of vitamin A and C.
-One Cup of Shredded Cheese. For an individual pizza, pick any cheese you desire. Some common options include American, mozzarella, and provolone. Try to stay clear of sharper cheeses such as Swiss and blue cheese as they will overpower the pizza. For a healthier alternative, it is possible to use skim cheese instead of whole-fat cheese. This will reduce the calories per slice greatly. Feta cheese is a great example of how to do just this as it only contains fifty calories per serving.
-Toppings. Try adding vegetables and meats to improve the quality of your pizza. Just a few pieces of mushroom or bell pepper will add a sweeter taste to the meal. If you want to include pepperoni, salami, or sausage on your pizza, just precook the meats in a pan and add on top during step three below. Be creative when thinking of topping ideas as there are endless combinations. For example, the Canadian pizza, which was invented in Ontario in nineteen sixty-two, mixes pineapple with bacon for a sweet, savoury taste.
Step 1: Add 1/4 cup of warm water, yeast, and honey to a mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients until combined and let rest for five minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
Step 2: Add salt, oil, and flour into the mixing bowl. Mix using a whisk or dough hook until ingredients are combined making a dough. If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour and if the dough is too dry, add additional warm water. Cover the bowl with a dishcloth and let rise for ten minutes or until the size has doubled overall.
Step 3: Preheat the oven to four hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit and heat a baking stone or tray inside. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut into the desired pizza shape. Cover dough with sauce, cheese and toppings.
Step 4: Bake pizza in the oven for five to eight minutes or until the crust browns. Remove from the oven and let cool for five additional minutes. Then slice and serve pizza immediately.