Tuesday 26th June
Homemade pizza ideas you have to try for yourself
Pizza is arguably the western world’s favourite food, but how can you take your homemade ‘za to the next level?
Just about everyone has attempted making homemade pizzas. Getting a base, saucing it up, sprinkling on topping and then placing it in the oven is so simple even the most hopeless of home cooks can do it.
But what if you want to take your homemade pizza to the next level? There are literally thousands of combinations and the beauty of pizza is it’s a food that can be tailored to you. We’re sure at least one of these ideas will take your fancy:
Making pizza dough is very easy, albeit a little messy. It’s simply plain flour, dried yeast and a little sugar (gluten free alternatives are possible).
To make it perfect, you‘ll need to cold ferment your pizza dough over night. Storing it in the refrigerator helps improve the flavour as well as its browning characteristics as the yeast starts digesting the carbohydrates.
Protein base alternatives
For those who are on a paleo, keto, Atkins or any other diet fad where you could simply say “less simple carbohydrates”, switching a traditional flour pizza base for something else could be for you. For the meat lovers, thin slices of chicken or turkey (be sure to pre cook them!) are a great protein boost. For vegetarians, large mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet potato, eggplant or even beetroots can be flattened into a homemade pizza base. Would these technically be pizzas though? Probably not. Low carb pizza is an oxymoron really.
Most homemade pizzas have your basic tasty or mozzarella, but every Italian knows that not all cheeses are the same.
Little circle slices of bocconcini is a great addition to create a smooth texture. Or a popular traditional Italian cheese dish known as burrata (made from mozzarella and cream) is fantastic to add on top of the pizza as soon as it gets served.
Go beyond your usual cheese packets and experiment with different combinations that work. The beauty of homemade pizza is that even a simple plain cheese can be absolutely delicious.
Pizzas with fruit are great for dessert (unless you’re a freak who likes pineapple on savoury pizzas). Banana is one of the most popular toppings on a dessert pizza. But for true heaven on dough, you can’t go past Nutella. The highly popular hazelnut spread is amazing on fresh woodfired pizza, especially when topped with a scoop of ice cream.
Making your own sauce is a great way to add that perfect flavour to your pizza rather than using the stuff out of the can or packet. It’s also much healthier as you can control the amount of salt and sugar in it. You can also use the tomatoes in the fridge that are starting to get a little soft.
Making sauce can be done in your blender easily and you can make it flavoursome with the amount of garlic, oregano and onion as you please.
A hotter oven leads to superior pizza. Oven-spring is a term given to the early phase of baking. This is when air and vapour bubbles inside dough rapidly expand, causing the dough to become airy and full of holes. An extra hot oven will give the crust that crispy taste as opposed to the chewy nature of pizzas made in a conventional oven.
At the very least, you should be baking your pizzas as hot as your oven will reach. But if you want to up your game even further, baking steel or a baking stone can give you that extra heat in your conventional oven.
Deep dish pizza
Invented in the American city of Chicago (or Cher-caaar-gew as the locals say), the deep dish pizza is like a hybrid of a pizza and pie. As the name suggests, it’s made in a dish or pan and the result is a pizza thicker than J-Lo’s booty with more cheese than one of her rom-com films. After eating all that cheese, you’ll definitely want to fall asleep. Which ironically is also like watching a J-Lo movie.
Woodfired pizza at Lantern Club
If you can't be bothered cooking the perfect pizza at home tonight, MaZi's pizza chefs can take care of it for you. Made fresh in our woodfired oven, you won't find better authentic Italian pizzas in Sydney. To see our menu click here.
To book a table, call our friendly Reception team on 8037 8200.