Barry's International Kitchen

Created: Feb 8, 2012 

Last updated: Feb 8, 2012

Cheese Pizza

I am forever seeking and trying every recipe imaginable and all kinds of toppings, Each recipe had its down fall and I was no better or closer to real pizza,  the kind I have when I was a kid.  I am sure there are many frustrated people.  OK back to basics,  just plain cheese, nothing to complicate things, the thought is once I get that down, start adding topping and find out which ones work.   But for the moment I am really enjoying cheese and there is nothing to complicate the issue.  If you don't have a pizza stone or a pizza oven you are at a disadvantage.  Here is a nice and inexpensive stone [url][/url] 

Best to just leave the stone in the oven and have it come up to temperature slowly and we just store it in the oven, abrupt changes are not good for the Stone.

I think I have the crust down pretty good and it will make a nice thin crispy crust.  This dough recipe will make two twelve inch pizzas.

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
    2 tablespoons olive oil

Pre heat oven 475, make sure the stone comes al

Mix in dry ingredients and then  1/2 cup plus 2 TBS water plus 2 TBS  Olive Oil, mix until it comes together, turn out onto lightly floured board, do not over work, when you can roll it into a big ball cut into two equal parts.  Roll out just as thin as you can get it.


There are a lot of different ways to make the sauce just find one you like.  I can make a couple of suggestions.  Start cooking diced tomatoes from a can, add 2 or 3 cloves of grated garlic. add some basil dried if fine,  you can add the Oregano cook about 20 minutes to 30 minutes,  I like to add the Oregano after the sauce is on the pizza distribute liberality on top of sauce. 


I like using low fat or low moisture mozzarella,  makes for a less greasy pizza.  If you find a cheese that you like better by all means use it.

Bake in 475 for 8 to 10 minutes, watch it closely it doesn't take much to burn it.  For the last step assembling the pizza do it on a large enough piece of parchment paper.  If you don't have a stone(get one) turn a cookie sheet over.  Slide pizza including parchment paper on to stone, cook about two minutes and it should slide right off directly on to stone, if you leave this step out, you will make a big mess, been there.

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