Make The Perfect Pizza At Home

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I didn’t actually eat pizza until I was about 17, I have no idea why but it was just something which didn’t seem to appeal. Now I am a huge pizza fan and if made right they can be one of the best dishes, it’s also one of the reasons’ I love Italy so much because authentic pizza is the best. Now me and my other half have not been out to have pizza before because it’s tricky as he doesn’t like cheese. I know this is a statement which I still can’t get my head around either but it’s true. So because of this going out for pizza or even ordering a takeaway isn’t as easy but we had spoken about making our own for quite a while.

When I discovered Pizza Steel* we knew it was the time to bust out some dough and make our own creations. Anyone whose made their own pizza knows that they can be tricky to cook perfectly, especially if you’re one of those who really loves your toppings. Weighing in at a hefty 6.5kg, the pizza steel itself is made from carbon steel which stores and leads heat energy 20 times better than stone which is used to cook traditional pizza. And unlike stone which can break if you drop it/ knock it the pizza steel is pretty much indestructible and comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Pizza Steel

The first few times you use it you have to heat it up with some oil on top for about an hour beforehand to lock it all in which transforms the steel into a rich dark black colour rather than a shiny stainless steel sheet. For future uses it takes about 45 minutes to heat up which is actually pretty great because it gives you time to make your dough and create your perfectly topped pizza. Obviously, as it’s so heavy you don’t want to have to keep pulling it in and out of your oven so the combi peel is a godsend. The 1mm thick hardened aluminum sheet means you can put your prepared pizza’s on some baking paper on top of the peel and when you’re ready you can slide the baking paper from the peel to the hot steel in your oven. And when it’s cooked you can slide the baking paper onto the peel as the steel does need quite a while to cool down after cooking.

Pizza Uncooked

We decided to be a little lazy and pre-bought our pizza bases, next time we will make our own dough I promise. I opted for a pretty basic, safe pizza as I am not overly adventurous when it comes to food so I used a passata base and covered it with cheese and caramelized onions. And my other half went for the classic tomato pizza base, caramelized onions, and pepperoni. Unlike using a normal baking tin the pizza’s cooked much quicker and the bases’ rose quite a bit so they didn’t end up stodgy and I have to say they tasted pretty amazing. Next time we use it I think we’re going to try and make a larger rectangular pizza to match the shape of the steel as opposed to two smaller round pizzas.

Do you like making homemade pizza?
February 10, 2017
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  • Your pizzas came out lovely! I actually had pizza for dinner last night.

  • I’ve never actually made pizza at home, we always store buy. But it looks so easy!

  • Jodie Whitham

    I love pizza! It is my favourite. I have fond memories of going to a friend’s party where we learnt to make our own pizzas as a kid. It was so much fun! x

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    Pizza is a favorite around here with our kids. The pizza steel sounds like something we need to invest in. We have a pizza stone, but I don’t like it as much. We love making homemade pizzas. Yours look great!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love pizza, last time i made my own pizza was when i was doing food tech in school x

  • Nazy Nazy

    I lovvvveee pizzzaaaa but I never tried making that at home…but this one looks yummmmm…. thanx for the recipe

  • Lovely post. I have never tried making homemade pizza. I will one day.

  • I’ve been using the steel too – it works brilliantly if you do make your own dough, though I still can’t get that lovely round shape!

  • Mellissa Williams

    I have made homemade pizza but I must admit, I cheat and buy a base. It’s still nice making your own sauce to go on top and choosing your topping though

  • Oooh, I was just saying the other day how I want to try making my own pizzas! Your look fab! xo

  • Oh these looks great we love pizza but agree it never cooks the same at home will have to look into these

  • Ickle Pickle

    I do love pizza but have never tried making my own. My teens would love to and this steel looks great. Kaz x

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    My husbands best friend doesn’t like cheese and its always a top topic of conversation!! We love pizza in our house and we make them either on a Friday or Saturday, so much fun to get the girls involved to. This looks great, we could definitely do with one of these x

  • I love making pizza at home! I don’t eat cheese (vegan) and my boyfriend can’t have gluten, so I often make my own version of pizza at home because it’s so hard finding gluten free and vegan pizza’s in the store (we chickpea flour or cauliflower flour for the dough, and vegan cheese)

  • Nia Patten

    That steel looks like the real deal. Homemade pizza is the best, sometimes it’s fun making the dough sometimes there isn’t time but it’s always tastier
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  • Deborah Nicholas

    Homemade pizza is always nicer than store bought!

  • We have homemade pizza frequently and I would love to try the steel! It sounds like it would revolutionise the way we cook them xx

  • These look super yummy! Often simple pizzas are even better 🙂

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    They look great! I live across the road from Sainsburys so we often get theirs already cooked

  • Wow 17? You are definitely making up for lost time, I adore pizza and its nice to make your own pizza sometimes xx

  • Tracy Morgan

    They look amazing! I was wondering how you got them so round and was very jealous for a minute! haha Definitely try homemade pizza base next time, they will taste amazing! Never heard of Pizza Steel, but sounds like a fabulous idea!

  • Newcastle Family Life

    This sounds like a great gadget to have. We never make homemade pizzas as they just turn out right on a regular tray in the oven. My kids are pizza crazy though x

  • Jayne

    Oh these look delish! We love making pizza at home. It’s a nice and easy activity for the boys to get involved with. And of course the best bit being, munching it all up! 🙂 x

  • Clairejustineo

    This looks delicious. I have just had pizza but it was shopped brought as we were rushing for tea. Need to start making my own though 🙂

  • Your pizzas look amazing. I’m envisioning forming the dough into hearts for Valentine’s Day!

  • Yo had me at pzza and home, I love making pizza I too do not make my own base, why bother when so many brands offer so many great bases at affordable prices.

  • My family and I love pizza. I grew up trying out different pizzerias whenever we went out. I think it’s awesome to make your own pizza at home! It’s fun especially with the kids.

  • kathryn Maher

    This pizza steel looks great and the fact it keeps the heat in more efficiently is a win win.I use the stone but this seems way better.

  • Leah Shafik

    I’m the same as you – didn’t really eat pizza, and actually unless it’s home made I won’t eat it! Usually too much cheese but making your own you can put what you want on it. x

  • LaaLaa

    Adore pizza and it’s alot better for me to make it at home as I can do my veggie/vegan own as not many offer cheeseless or alternative dairy cheese options x

  • I love pizzas but never made one at home. This is a easy recipe. i should give it a try!

  • I love to make pizzas at home too! I like to make healthier versions at home though as I can always stuff my face with overloaded-cheese-pizza at the resturants haha.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • i tried making the base and failed miserably, should try this one!

  • I love pizza but I don’t really make it at home because I can never get that perfect crust you get in a restaurant who makes it in a proper oven. My oven is not great unfortunately.

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