It is about two ish years since I started to make my own pizza from scratch, and I have been thinking about writing this page with some tips and experiences.
- Don't buy anything gear
- Find a plain not fancy easy to make recipe for dough and sauce
- Go for a thicker crust in the beginning because it is easier
- Experiment with both what you put on the pizza and amounts
- I did this every Friday for almost year before I moved past this point
When you are ready
- Start reading about different styles of pizza and try to make different styles to figure out what you like
- I like most of them, but I mostly make something similar to New York Style
- Study classic pizza toppings for the different styles
- If you want to make thin crust pizza: consider getting a pizza stone / steel
- Try different dough and sauce recipes & start to modify the sauce to fit your taste
- Some like more spices in it, others just want tomatoes
- Some like it raw, others cook it.
- Some like it very liquid like, others prefer to reduce it to more like a paste
- Some pre-cook it with just the sauce and then add the rest of the toppings
- Keep doing it
- Everything gets better
- Just look for where things could improve
- And be willing to try different things toppings, amounts etc
- When you cook a thin crust pizza I find it a lot easier to handle if you place it on a sheet of baking paper for the first couple of minutes and then remove it. Instead of trying to get the dough off the pizza shovel.
- Ignore the New York / Italian pizza snobs, but study their style of pizza.
Some of my preferences
- Don't put too much cheese on it
- More sauce than you think you need
- Don't put too many different toppings
- Don't put too much toppings
- The longer the dough stays in the fridge the better
- Over cooked is better than under cooked
It took me like a year and a half before my pizza got to a point where I liked it better than the stuff from a pizzeria.