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Authentic Pizza recipe

Pizza is a popular and iconic dish that originated in Italy and has become a beloved and widely enjoyed food around the world. It typically consists of a thin, round crust topped with a variety of ingredients such as tomato sauce, cheese, meats, vegetables, and herbs. The combination of these elements creates a delicious and satisfying culinary experience.

Authentic pizza recipes can vary based on regional traditions and personal preferences. Here’s a basic recipe for a classic Margherita pizza:

Ingredients for Pizza:

  • Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Tomato sauce (homemade or high-quality store-bought)
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Ingredients for dough:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110°F or 45°C)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Proof the Yeast:

In a small bowl, combine the warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy.

Mix the Dough:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil.

Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a shaggy dough.

Knead the Dough:

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking. The dough should become smooth and elastic.

First Rise:

Form the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Punch Down and Second Rise:

Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down to release the air. Turn it out onto a floured surface and shape it into a ball again. Return the dough to the bowl, cover, and let it rise for an additional 30 minutes.

Divide and Shape:

Preheat your oven to its highest temperature (usually around 500°F or 260°C).

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into the desired number of pizza crusts.

Roll out each portion of dough into a round shape of your preferred thickness, using a rolling pin.

Instructions for assembling pizza:

Preheat your oven to its highest temperature (usually around 500°F or 260°C).

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness.

Transfer the rolled-out dough to a pizza peel or baking sheet dusted with flour or cornmeal.

Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over the dough, leaving a border around the edges for the crust.

Place slices of fresh mozzarella evenly over the sauce.

Tear or place fresh basil leaves over the cheese.

Drizzle a bit of extra-virgin olive oil over the top, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Carefully slide the pizza onto a preheated pizza stone in the oven, or place the baking sheet directly on the oven rack.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Remove from the oven and let the pizza cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite toppings or experimenting with different cheeses and sauces. Enjoy your homemade authentic Margherita pizza!

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