Today I’m going to show you how to make great pizza bread that you can stuff or… simply eat it as it comes out of the oven! Pizza bread is our kids’ favorite. They like to have it in their snack box at school. You can freeze it, so that you can keep it for as long as you like.
You need just 5 ingredients:
- 1 Kg of flour
- 15 gr of dried yeast
- 50 ml of olive oil
- 550 ml water
- 2 teaspoons of salt
Note: please make sure you weight the ingredients. It’s a simple recipe, but the proportions have to be the ones showed above. For the oil and the water, use a scaled jar. Also, I am Italian, so you’ll excuse my grammar and syntax mistakes 🙂
Important: you’ll need the right kitchen tools. They are necessary to speed up the process and make it easier and stress-free. The tools are:
- A planetary mixer with a dough hook
- A flat, wide baking tray
- Baking paper (buy the rolls, not the one paked in single sheets)
- A cooking brush
- Foil (to store it in the freezer)
We’ll be more specific about the tools at the end of the article, where you’ll find some suggestions on products we believe are the right ones for the job.
How To Prepare The Dough
Pour the flour, the yeast and the salt directly into the planetary mixer bowl. Then add the olive oil and the water. Give the ingredients a stir it with a spoon.
Turn the planetary mixer on at low speed, for approximately 10 minutes. Depending on the mixer you are using, you probably have to turn it off from time to time, to avoid overheating.
As I’m using a KitchenAid Artisan, I can leave it on the whole time, without any interruption. Once the dough is ready, leave it in the mixer bowl and cover it with a cloth. Then put into a place with a stable temperature (for example inside the oven – make sure it’s turned off!).
Minimun rising time is 2 hours, but you can leave it up to 8 hours.
When you are ready to bake it, prepare a large baking tray with lined baking paper on it. Take the dough out of the bowl and spread it gently on the tray. It should be very soft and elastic, so you can stretch it with your hands. Don’t forget to rise the dough up to the borders of the tray.
Then, press the whole surfaces with your fingertips. Pour some olive oil and spread it on the surface with a cooking brush. Then, generously season with salt or rock salt. Go through the whole surface of the dough. If you like it, you may add some rosemary. At the end, the dough should look like the picture below.
Pre-heat the oven at 220° (ventilated, then place the tray in the mid shelf. Cooking time is about 20 minutes. Once the top strarts to become brownish, it’s definitely ready.
Take the pizza out of the oven and remove the tray. If you have a wooden work surface, you can even remove the baking paper. Wait for it to cool it down a little before cutting it. It should be thick enough to allow you to cut it and stuff it (for example with tomatoes, cheese and ham). You can even spread some Nutella on top. No matter how you decide to eat it, you’ll love it… as much as we do!
The Essential kitchen Tools you need
The right tools are essential: they will allow you to be faster and prepare the best pizza bread! As already mentioned, you basically need a planetary mixer, a wide baking tray and a cooking brush (and, of course, a roll of baking paper). We’ve prepared some suggestions below.
We believe that a small investment in kitchen tools is important for a quicker, delious meals preparation! Clicking on the item, (and on other links in this page) you’ll be redirected to an Amazon page where you’ll find all the information about the product.
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