Italy, Pizza, and Naples

Pizza is the favored food of many a people throughout the globe so I couldn't resist sharing a pizza recipe from non other than NAPLES, ITALY.

                                Margherita Pizza

Who invented pizza? 

Pizza style dishes (flatbreads with toppings) were eaten by many folks living in the Mediterranean including the Greeks. However history states that baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples, Italy who owned a tavern called "Pizzeria di Pietro" introduced his style of pizza in 1889.

Raffaele Esposito was requested to prepare a pizza for Queen Margherita who traveled to Naples with King Umberto. The King and Queen liked the taste of the pizza and the rest as they say is history.

If you have the fortune of owning a wood burning oven or know someone that does this recipe for Pizza Margherita is hard to beat.

                           PIZZA MARGHERITA (Naples, Italy)

500 grams of Molino Caputo (Italian flour)
325 grams of water
10 grams of salt
3 grams of active dry yeast

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl by hand; fast for five minutes and slow for 2 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rise for about
two hours.

Shape the dough into three balls. Dust the pizza balls with flour and store under a damp towel on a tray. Let the pizza balls rest on the tray for about an hour.

After an hour the fun begins when it's time to shape the balls into flat disks. You can shape them one at a time. Shape the dough into a flat disk, stretch and turn the disk until it's thin. Place on a floured work surface once the dough is shaped.

1 can tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Mash the tomatoes until they turn into a good consistent sauce.
Add the other ingredients.

Put tomato sauce on the pizzas, a big handful or two of chopped mozzarella cheese, and a bunch of fresh basil. 

Transfer the pizza's on a metal pizza peel and put them in the wood fire oven. Baking time should be 5-8 minutes. It depends on the wood fire oven used.

If your like me and don't own a wood fire oven you can still make this pizza in a regular oven. Baking time for the Margherita Pizza in a regular oven is about 15-20 minutes. It's the heat from the fire of a wood fire oven that makes for such a tasty pizza.


Naples, Italy (Pizzeria's)
                                                         Pizzeria Brandi


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