Pizza Margherita

Ingredients

How to Prepare

   Olive oil (½ cup)

   Sugar (1 ½ tbsp.)

   Salt (1 tbsp.)

   Water (warm) (2 cups)

   Yeast (2 packets)

   White wine (¼ cup)

   Cornmeal Flour (unbleached, non-               non- enriched, organic) (5 cups)

  Toppings:

   Pizza sauce

   Mozzarella (strained)

   Spinach

   Basil

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steps:
  1. Activate yeast: in a medium mixing bowl, stir both packets of yeast into warm water.
  2. Mix in the sugar. 
    1. Let it then sit for about 5 minutes. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt and olive oil. 
  4. Add the wine to the flour mixture and mix with a flat-bottomed wooden spoon.
    1. Make a well in the flour and add in the yeast mixture. 
    2. Mix with the spoon until it’s got an elastic consistency. 
  5. Sprinkle flour on a counter top and work the dough with your hand.
    1. Make sure it’s not watery by adding flour when necessary.
  6.  Continue to knead until the dough is almost tacky.
  7. Add some olive oil in a mixing bowl. 
  8. Move the dough to the olive oil covered mixing bowl and move it around until it is covered in the oil.
  9. Cover the bowl and let it rest at room temperature until it doubles in size. 
    1. Between 2 and 3 hours. 
  10. Cover the mozzarella with saran wrap and strain in a sink.
  11. Set the oven to 500 degrees. 
  12. Place a pizza stone inside the oven.
  13. Dust the countertop with flour and place the dough on top. 
  14. Cut it into 3 equal pieces with a baker’s knife. 
  15. Spread each into the desired shape (circular or rectangular).
  16. Pinch the edges for a crust. 
    1. Push any tears and breaks back together. 
  17. Let it set for 15 – 20 minutes. 
  18. Take out the pizza stone form the oven and dust it with cornmeal (or flour).
  19. Place the dough on top.
  20. Spread olive oil on the dough.
  21. Cover the pizza with sauce.
  22. Place in the back of the oven for 7 – 10 minutes. 
  23. Cut up the mozzarella into slices.
  24. Carefully remove the stone and add the mozzarella, basil and spinach. 
  25. Place the pizza back in the oven for 5 – 8 minutes.
    1. Don’t cook for more than 15 minutes total. Enjoy!