IMG_0933.jpgI would like to take a minute to thank the people of 1800's Naples for creating a wonderful, round, cheese-covered piece of deliciousness called pizza. Everyone has their favorite kind of pizza and mine happens to be the Margherita. Featuring large pieces of mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil, the Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita in the late 1800's. You could say this style of pizza is fit for a queen.

To stay on top of my resolution this year, instead of having a pizza delivered to my house (the easy way out), I made one myself! I found a recipe on A Beautiful Plate called "Best Homemade Margherita Pizza" and I just knew this was the one!

When I was younger, I would bake pies with my Grandma all the time, so I assumed that making pizza dough wouldn't be much different, other than the fact that it uses yeast. I whisked the dry ingredients together, added warm water, and started kneading the dough. After about 3 minutes, I put the ball of dough into a greased bowl and let it rise for about 2 hours. I took this time to run some errands and by the time I got back, I was ready to start making my pizza.

I do not own a pizza stone so I grabbed a cookie sheet and began to stretch the dough into a large, oddly-shaped circle. I stretched and pulled for about 5 minutes, topped it with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and finished by brushing the crust with oil. I put it into the oven and after 8 minutes, I realized that the dough in the middle was too thick and hadn't cooked. It was at that moment when I realized that I skipped a step in the recipe. Instead of using the entire ball of dough, I was to use half of it. This would explain why it was about 2 inches thick all the way around and raw in the middle. I left the pizza in the oven for another 5 minutes or so and finally, it was done!

IMG_0935.jpgMy first thought as I pulled it out of the oven was, "How in the world do these bloggers make their food look so perfect?" I couldn't make it look pretty if I tried! The crust was too thick and the sauce spilled onto the cookie sheet and left a burnt-on mess for me to scrub off. I have to say, even though it was not the prettiest pizza pie, it sure was tasty!

Takeaways:

- Read the entire recipe

- Making a pizza is not like baking a pie

- Buy a Pizza Stone

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Author: Sam Long, Social Media Specialist