Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New york style Pizza

I have been making pizza  on and off since a long time and they tasted great all the time but look wise I was always disappointed. I wanted a pizza that looked like dominos pizza or pizza hut's pizza, but  they always come out of the oven as a bummer but that doesnt mean that it didn't taste good.We always enjoy homemade ones to the core  but  the picture wont be good enough to post.

It has been a while since I made  pizza at home, so this time when the Baking partners choose pizza I was  very much looking forward to take picture and post it. Unlike the usual pizza dough which I have tried before, this one wanted the dough to rise for 24 hours so I kept postponing making this till last minute. I did follow the recipe to the dot and the pizza tasted really yummy but still  look wise I was not happy this time too. I think now after making several pizza's  I have come to the conclusion that I should make my pizza bigger which might give a better look than making two smaller ones.

Recipe source - Serious eats
Recipe suggested by - Archana of Tangy minds

Ingredients (serves 3 )
For pizza dough ( for  1 very large pizza or 2 small ones )
Bread flour - 2 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1 1/ 2 tsp
Instant yeast - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbs
Lukewarm water - 1 cup
For new york style pizza sauce
Peeled plum tomatoes - 1 can
Extra virgin olive oil - 1 tbs
Unsalted butter - 1 tbs
Garlic cloves - 2 medium (grated )
Dried oregano - 1tsp
Red pepper flakes - pinch 
Basil leaves - 2 sprigs
Onion - 1  medium (chopped )
Sugar - 1 tsp
salt - as required 
Ingredients for topping
Mozzarella cheese - 150 gm ( kept in freezer for 15 mins)
Parmesan cheese -50 gm ( kept in freezer for 15 mins)
Vegetables or meat of your choice( I used pepperoni )


Making the Dough
  • In a bowl combine bread flour, salt, olive oil, sugar and yeast and add lukewarm water to it and knead well for about 10 -15 minutes until smooth . At this point  the dough should strech very thinly and ideally it should  pass the window pane test. You can read more about window pane test here.
  • Place the dough in the fridge and allow it to rise for minimum 24 hours or upto 5 days and remember to take it out of the fridge atleast 2 hours before baking to  bring the dough to room temperature.
Making of Sauce
  • Puree the canned tomatoes in a blender ( not a  completely smooth kind of puree ) and keep it aside.
  • In a pan add butter and olive oil and when butter melts add grated garlic, oregano, pepper flakes , pinch of salt and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, basil sprigs, chopped onions and sugar and bring it to simmer and cook for about 1 hour stirring in between until the sauce thickens a bit and has reduced to half. Add salt.


  • Take the dough and press it into a roughly 8 inch circle leaving outer edge a little higher than the rest.
  • Strech the circle with knuckle until you get a 14-15 inch circle.
  • Transfer the pizza into a baking pan /baking tray.
  • Spread the  pizza sauce evenly on the pizza leaving the outer edge.
  • Take the cheese out of the freezer and spread the cheese on top of the sauce.
  • Place the toppings of your choice on top.
  • Bake the pizza in a preheated oven at 260 or full blast for 10-15 minutes until cheese has melted and is bubbly and the crust has browned and puffed.


beingFab said...

Looks lovely!! Great clicks!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

gorgeous pizza and great clicks. do drop by my pick quicks blog too when u get the time.

Saranya Balaji said...

lovely pizza dear..inviting color and cute clicks..

Gheza e shiriin said...

Looks great. And pics are also nice.

Shweta Agrawal said...

It looks great and yes taking pic of pizza is tough :(...You have to eat pizza cold to take good pics :P

Rekha Vengalil said...

I have the same problem with getting a pizza picture..:-) but this picture looks wonderful. Feel like biting into it right away :-)

Nupur said...

I wasted one full Pizza just for taking pictures which didnt come out that good anyways, isnce the weather was too cold outside an the moment I opened the door it was cold and hard..

This version looks so tempting, even a pure vegetarian like me can grab a slice. ;)

Veena Theagarajan said...

nice presentation

divya said...

Wow, so beautiful & tempting.loved the presentation

Nagashree said...

Delicious, well made pizza

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so perfect and too tempting

Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

Your pepperoni pizza looks amazing! Hmmm...yummy!

Hema said...

Yummy pizza and nice clicks..

Suja Manoj said...

Vineetha adipoli aayitundu,home made is the best alle,loved this challenge :)

Shannon R said...

Your pizza looks so cute and petite though! I love it!

Divya Shivaraman said...

Superlikes and happy to follow you

Swathi iyer said...

Delicious pizza you made it very well, May be make little bigger that way you will able to get good clicks.

Arthy shama said...

Lovely pizza dear, completely droolicious

Achu said...

Lovely :) So good clicks :) Hope u enjoyed!!!Visit my space once u r free.

Amrita Vishal said...

Love the peperoni topping, lovely pic

NY Style Pizza said...

Great Pics. Pizzas are looking just fabulous!