Recipe for Pizza Margherita

Ingredients for pizza for 4 persons.

Dough:

500 gr of bread flour
5 gr of active dry yeast
300 gr of warm water
10 gr of salt
35 gr Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pizza Toppings:

400 gr Tomato sauce
250 gr Mozzarella
35 gr Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.Stir in flour, salt and oil and add water with yeast. Beat until smooth. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball. Grease a large bowl with olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for half an hour. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan. Spread with tomato and mozzarella, a bit of salt and olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy our recipe for Pizza Margherita and “buon appetito”!

 

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A Bit of History…

History of Pizza Margherita

Pizza has ancient origins and can be traced back to the beginnings of flat breads, which were already present in Ancient Egypt. While there are mentions of dishes similar to pizza through the history of the Mediterranean cultures, the pizza types that we know today were created in Naples.
At the beginning, pizza was made with a type of bread dough, flattened with hands and covered with cheese or lard and cooked in a very hot wood-burning oven.
Only in the 18th century did someone think to add tomato as a topping. According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen – Pizza Margherita. Raffaele Esposito’s pizza version for Queen Margherita was the one that made it popular. Since then it has grown into one of the most recognizable symbol of Italian traditional food culture in the world.

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