I think it was around New Year’s a few years ago that I told Justin that we should set a goal to master homemade pizza. I love to cook, we both love pizza, and I wanted to be able to make a crispy crust at home with delicious toppings and ingredients. So when we went to New York City earlier this year, the idea crossed my mind to see if there were any pizza making classes that we could check out.
Pizza School was most memorable one that I found thanks to over 100 positive reviews on Yelp! It wasn’t cheap, but everything about it looked promising, so I signed us up for a Friday night class and kept it a surprise until our Uber driver dropped us off at the door! The night was so much fun, so educational, and I told Justin the next day that that was one of my favorite things that we’ve ever done together (view some highlights here!).
We returned home and I could not WAIT to put my skills to the test in my home oven. There is so much that I took away from the class that I can’t get into here, but I thought I’d share a few tips for you to apply to your home pizza making endeavors!
First, the tools. You need the right equipment if you want to have a crispy and delicious crust. You also need a super hot oven. Our oven, which came with the house when we bought it, gets to 550 degrees and does the trick for us. I think the ovens at Pizza School got up to 600 or 650 degrees, but you simply do the best with what you have at home!
A pizza steel is an absolute must have. I have a pizza stone as well, but it does not give me the same crispy crust that the steel does. The steel is such a game-changer that I would be hesitant to even attempt making homemade pizza without it!
A pizza peel is crucial too, and I’ve actually found that I need more than just one! The thinner the peel is, the easier it is to hold. You’ll need to dust a bit of semolina flour on it so the pizza won’t stick, but it makes getting your pizza in and out of the oven quick and easy. This is so helpful since the goal is to have the oven open for as LITTLE time as possible. I love our peel because the handle folds in and it’s easy to store! A wood one would also work, but I prefer the thinner aluminum one!
Beyond those two essential tools, you’ll need anything else that you would typically use for making homemade pizza. We typically use a cheese grater, cutting board, and bowls with lids to let the dough rise in.
We like to make pizza on Saturday nights, and I love getting the kids involved! Their favorite part is eating as much cheese as possible while also sprinkling a little bit of it on top of the pizza. Our thin crust pizzas bake in only 6-8 minutes so the wait time isn’t too long to bite into a delicious homemade pizza!
I thought it may be helpful to share how I make the dough and stretch it step-by-step, so I have that currently in the works! I’ll also share my pizza dough recipe and some other helpful tips so you can make delicious homemade pizza too!
P.S. such a cute weekend tee!