Friday, October 30, 2009

Pizza Amore

I have tried numerous times to make pizza dough from scratch--those times ended with results that no one would want to see much less eat. While reading Pinch My Salt one night, I came across a post about making pizza dough with The Daring Bakers (by the way, as soon as I have my own kitchen, I am joining Daring Bakers!). Her post inspired me to give pizza making one more try. The recipe and direction for making the dough can be found here.

The biggest difference between this attempt and previous attempts was letting the dough rest in the fridge overnight. Also, I pulled out our heavy pizza stone...or at least I think it's a pizza stone--I was too young to care about culinary instruments when my parents purchased this device. Anyways, heating the stone before putting the raw dough on it helped to make the bottom of the crust nice and crispy. So with these minor adjustments, I was able to produce delicious pizza combinations with a wonderfully chewy yet crunchy thing crust. Voila! Success!


Pizza Margherita sitting on a pizza stone about to get warm and crusty in the oven
pretty soon that mozzarella cheese will be bubbly and the crust a golden brown

Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Basil
simple yet incredibly delicious with fresh, bright flavors


Red Sauce, Grated Mozzarella Cheese, Pepperoni, Fresh Cremini Mushrooms
nothing innovative but comfortingly familiar


Roasted Garlic White Sauce, Fontina Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Red and Yellow Fingerling Potatoes, Fresh Thyme
my only little foray into a less common combination of pizza topping, however, it ended up being my favorite--the colors were beautiful and the flavor was amazing

I see many more pizzas in my future :)


  1. These look so good Christina! I've heard the thin slices of potato on pizza is delicious and have always wanted to try it.

  2. thanks alyssa :) next time we're all home (maybe during thanksgiving) we should have a pizza party with a toppings bar and everyone can make their own pizzas. i'd definitely make another with potatoes!

  3. That would be so fun! Let's do it.
    And that should be the precursor to another dessert and spa night :)

  4. I don't know you, but I'm inviting myself over for your pizza!

  5. omg. that looks SO good!!!! i've been watching more and more the guy at Bellini (a japanese italian place here in taipei) make the pizzas and he makes it look so easy