Despite what some people think, pizza dough with yeast is pretty easy to make. All you need is a bit of patience. This home-made dough has a light, bread-like texture. Once you’ve tasted it, you don’t want to go back to the store-bought version.
When you think of pizzas, you probably think of Italy. While the pizza as we know it now certainly originated in Italy, pizza-like dishes have been around for centuries in many cultures. A pizza is essentially a flatbread, like focaccia or pitabread for example. Over time, people started adding toppings to their flatbreads, in a attempt to add flavour. The ingredient that really sets the pizza apart from all those other flatbreads, is the use of tomatoes.
Like many dishes, pizza started out as poor people food. But the pizza quickly became more popular. Those first Italian pizzas, didn’t have a lot of toppings. Just tomato sauce, herbs and possibly some cheese. Italian immigrants then introduced the pizza to other parts of the world. It was then that all the other types of pizza we know now, were invented.
These days, pretty much anything can be used as a pizza topping. If you can eat it, someone, somewhere, will have put it on a pizza. The results can of course range from delicious, to bizarre, to downright disgusting. But to each their own, I suppose. The great thing about this pizza dough, is that it is neutral in flavour. So whatever pizza you like best, you can use this recipe to make it.
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