How to Make Pizza Margherita
I think I said this before, but when the weather is cold like it was this past weekend, I like to turn on the oven and bake. I’ve been eating pizza all weekend because of that, but also because it’s so delicious. So I though I’d share this recipe with you.
For the crust you will need:
1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 cup warm (about 100 degrees) water
1 to 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
(Adapted from this recipe)
For the toppings, you will need:
Pizza sauce (we used store-bought but we encourage you to make your own)
Fresh toppings (keep your toppings to a minimum, though, for true Margherita tradition)
Start off by mixing the warm water with the yeast. Mix, then set aside for 5-8 minutes. Once the mixture is frothy, add the flour and salt and mix until you form a soft, sticky dough. Cover, and set aside to rise for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Divide the dough into small clumps the size of a closed fist. Spread the dough on a pan so that it forms a thin crust. Once you have your crust, you can then add the sauce, fresh cheese and toppings as you like. Finally, top off with some fresh basil leaves. Cook in oven for 15 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.