Category Archives: Basic Pizza Ingredients and Combination Ideas

Almost everybody would agree that pizza is probably one of the most genius creations of mankind. With its savory flavor and amazing texture and aroma, what’s not to love? Pizza is commonly made up of flour, yeast, water, salt, sauce, cheese, and various topping ingredients. Many would think that you can simply throw ingredients together and call it pizza. But I, and other fellow pizza enthusiast, would disagree. There is science in pizza making and that starts with its ingredients. Let us discuss the different pizza ingredient varieties available and how to combine them together to produce great pies. For our weight-watchers friends, I also added the nutritional information provided by the FDA. If not provided, simply look at your ingredients label.

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Flour

Creating the best crust is probably the first goal when creating pizzas. Different kinds of flour can create huge difference on the texture and appearance of your crust. The difference between types of flour is mainly in its varying protein content. Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat flour, when mixed with water provides structure […]




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Water for workable, pliable dough

Water hydrates and holds together your ingredients. Without it, you won’t get a workable, pliable dough! Water hydrates starch from flour creating a dough in the process. The protein will then absorb water to form gluten. Since water absorption of starch is faster than the water absorption of protein, sufficient incorporation time during the mixing […]




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Salt to balance the flavor in your crust

Good things come in small packages and salt is a testament of that. Never omit salt when preparing your dough. Salt balances the flavor in your crust. Without it, your pizza crust would be bland and it will be hard to correct it even when the crust is paired with the best pizza toppings. Not […]




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Yeast

Yeast is the biological component that makes the pizza dough rise. Yeasts are unicellular fungi that consume sugar and starch available in flour. As a product, yeast gives off carbon dioxide in the form of gas which when trapped in the dough properly makes it rise. Always remember that in baking pizza dough, yeast is […]




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Sauce

The most common sauce base in pizza is tomatoes. Good quality tomatoes are critical for your pizza, and you will definitely notice a difference if you use a cheap generic brand of canned tomatoes or sauce. It is best to use an uncooked tomato sauce that is bright, fresh and fragrant – not stewed, over […]




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Cheese

Cheeses aren’t entirely original in the pizza equation. Only sauce and crust are the only components of early pizzas. Addition of cheese was made to enhance the flavor as well as texture of the Italian delicacy. Add the cheese to your pizza right after spreading the sauce and before you add the rest of the […]




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Meat

Meat is a popular pizza topping ingredient used in a variety of pizzas from the simple-but-popular pepperoni pizza to more complex recipes. Always choose the best cuts and slices of meat you can, trying to avoid too much fat so that your pizza does not end up covered in grease. Cook your meat before adding […]




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Vegetables

Vegetables are a great choice for pizza toppings, adding color, flavor and texture to your dishes. Vegetarian pizzas are good excuse to use up vegetable leftovers. Some of the most popular pizzas are in fact 100% vegetarian. Adding a variety of vegetable to your pizzas will make a healthy dish healthier still. Here are some […]




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