Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Recipe – 70% Hydration, Cold-Fermented, No-Knead, Direct Method

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Recipe – 70% Hydration, Cold-Fermented, No-Knead, Direct Method

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
2 ¼ cups 00 Flour (282 grams)
¾ cup Water (202 ml)
tsp Yeast (0.35 grams)
½ tbsp Honey (10 grams)
2 ¼ tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (10 grams)
2 tsp Fine Salt (9 grams)
Toppings
½ cup San Marzano Tomato Sauce (100 grams – Recipe Below)
3 oz Fresh Mozzarella (85 grams)
Sprinkling of Grated Parmigiano/Parmesan Cheese (not too much)
5 Fresh Basil Leaves (small)

Directions

Mix Pizza Dough

Combine the water, yeast, and honey in a large mixing bowl.

Mix together the flour and salt in another bowl.

Add 1/2 of the flour and salt mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix well with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon (or your hands, but it will be very wet).

Add extra virgin olive oil to the mixing bowl and incorporate it fully into the mixture.

Add the rest of the flour/salt mixture to the dough and mix it roughly until no dry flour can be seen. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

30 minutes later, give the dough a quick mix with the spatula until it has a smooth consistency with no visible lumps of flour. This should take no more than a minute. The dough should be noticeably less sticky and wet than it was previously.

Let the dough sit for 8-10 hours (or overnight) at a cool room temperature. This will take the place of kneading the dough, as well as give the yeast some time to ferment. The dough will rise in the bowl, but don’t worry about it “doubling” in size (like many other pizza dough recipes) as we’re only using a minimal amount of yeast.

Divide and Proof Pizza Dough

The next morning (or 8-10 hours later), place the dough in the fridge for 24 hours. This will cold-ferment the dough and improve its texture and taste to better resemble Neapolitan style pizza. I highly recommend you do this if at all possible, the difference is worth it.

But, if you’re in a rush, you can immediately divide up the dough into balls and skip directly to the next step.

Lightly grease a medium sized plastic container with olive oil. This is where an individual dough ball will proof for a few hours before baking.

Take the dough from the fridge and divide it into 2 equal parts (250 grams each). With your hands very lightly coated in olive oil, form each piece of dough into a tight, compact ball.

There are several ways to do this, but it helps to “tuck” or pinch the bottom of the ball so that the top of the ball is pulled tight. The idea is for the dough ball to be evenly shaped with a taught skin around it. This will help strengthen the gluten and retain gas as the dough ball proofs. See the instructional videos at the bottom of this page if you need some visual help.

Place each dough ball into a greased proofing container, and let the one you plan on using rest at room temperature for 2-3 hours. The other ball can be refrigerated or frozen for later use.

As the dough ball proofs, it will expand and relax, so make sure the edges of the container are greased (or floured) to avoid sticking to the sides. When the dough ball reaches room temperature and is fully relaxed, it’s ready to use.

Important: Make sure to give it enough time to relax or it will be difficult to stretch and not bake properly.

Prep Tomato Sauce

This recipe will assume you’re using canned tomatoes such as the ones listed above. To begin, pick the tomatoes out of the can and place them in a mixing bowl. You can include the juice (or pulp) as well, but I prefer not to.

For a 28 oz (798 ml) can, add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.

Using an immersion blender, potato masher, or your hands, lightly crush the tomatoes. The aim here is to get the tomatoes somewhere between smooth and chunky. I simply pulse the tomatoes using my immersion blender until the big chunks are broken up. The sauce is now ready to use.

Par-Bake The Crust & Sauce

Place your pizza steel on the top rack of the oven and set it to its maximum temperature. Let the pizza steel preheat for 1 hour, or until it reaches its maximum temperature according to an infrared thermometer.

Prepare a small pile of semolina flour on a clean counter, or a bowl full of semolina flour big enough to fit a dough ball.

Turn over the proofing container and drop the proofed dough ball into the semolina flour. Press down lightly on the dough ball, then flip it over and do the same. The idea here is to thoroughly coat the dough ball in semolina flour to prevent sticking to the counter as we shape it.

Transfer the dough to a clean counter top (lightly dusted with flour) and begin to gently flatten the dough into a roughly 10-12 inch disc. You can do this by gently pressing the air from the middle of the dough out into the edges using the flat part of your fingers, then flipping it over and doing the same thing going the other way. Be very gentle with the dough as you flatten it or all the gas will escape and it will lose its texture. Also, be sure not to pinch or flatten the very edges (about 1 inch around) as this will form the crust. Dust very lightly with semolina flour if it gets sticky.

See the instructional videos at the bottom of this page for a visual illustration of how to do this.

When the dough is shaped to your liking, gently spread some or all of the tomato sauce on top of the crust. Be sure not to press too hard with the spoon (or the dough will stick to the counter) and leave an inch around the edges of the dough without sauce (so it puffs up in the oven).

Now for the hardest part. Dust your pizza peel with semolina flour and place it on the countertop with the tip pointing towards the pizza. Using both hands, hook your fingers under the dough and slowly pull it towards the pizza peel. If the edge of the peel is flush with the counter, the dough should slide right on. If the edge is raised above the surface, you can prop the handle up slightly to angle it downwards. Be sure to dust the edge with semolina as well.

The dough will stretch and contort as you pull it—this is fine. Note: This photo is only used for illustration purposes, your pizza shouldn’t have mozzarella yet.

Give the pizza peel a very light shake to make sure the dough isn’t sticking to the peel. If it moves freely, use your fingers to carefully stretch the dough back out one more time.

Note: The pizza will retract as it bakes, so stretch your pizza 1-2 inches larger than your intended size. Also, ignore the toppings on the pizza in the photo.

When the pizza is ready, touch the tip of the peel to back of the preheated pizza steel. Wiggle the peel a little to get the pizza sliding off and slowly pull the handle back towards you. If all goes well, the pizza will slide right onto the pizza steel. This part takes some practice to master. The most common issue is sticking on the way down, so make sure to use enough flour on the peel.

Bake The Pizza

When you see a few brown spots beginning to form on the outer edges and underside of the crust, take it out of the oven. This should take anywhere from 5-7 minutes, but timing will vary depending on your oven.

Grate or shred a small amount parmigiano or pecorino cheese over the hot tomato sauce.

Slice the fresh mozzarella into cubes or batons and spread them evenly across the pizza with a drizzle of olive oil. Work quickly so the pizza doesn’t cool down too much.

Let it bake until the cheese starts to bubble and the crust is a golden color with some darker brown spots. Add fresh basil slices to your liking.

When the pizza is finished, take it out of the oven and immediately place it on a cooling rack (if you have one) for 2-3 minutes then slice and serve. Enjoy!

Mini Microwave Pizza For One Recipe

Mini Microwave Pizza For One Recipe

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
5 tbsp All-Purpose Flour (50 grams)
2.50 tbsp Yogurt or Milk (35 grams)
½ tsp Baking Powder/Soda (5 grams)
¼ tsp Fine Salt (6 grams)
Pizza Toppings
2 tbsp Tomato Sauce (or however much you want)
3 pinches Shredded Cheese (or however much you want)
1 pinch Dried Oregano
1 dash Black Pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and yogurt/milk

With a stiff spatula or spoon, combine the ingredients until they’re roughly combined, then transfer the dough ball to a clean counter.

Continue kneading the dough by hand for another 3 minutes or until it’s relatively smooth. Make sure all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the dough. If it’s too sticky, add a dusting of flour.

When the dough is kneaded enough, dust your countertop with flour and begin rolling it out with a rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, any clean bottle will do or even just use the palm of your hands.

Poke the dough a few times with a fork and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Microwave it for around 45 seconds. If the dough bubbles up too much while cooking, poke more holes in it next time.

Add sauce, seasoning, cheese to the crust and microwave it again for another 35 seconds or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbling.

(Optional) For an extra crispy crust, place the cooked pizza onto a hot frying pan for 10-20 seconds, or until the bottom starts to brown. Enjoy!

Pepperoni Jalapeno Pizza

Pepperoni Jalapeno Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
145 g Flour (All Purpose or 00)
¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast (or slightly less instant dry yeast)
102 ml Lukewarm Water
4.50 g Fine Salt
0.50 tsp Honey
0.50 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pizza Sauce
400 ml Can of whole peeled tomatoes (we’re only going to use a small amount)
¼ tsp Fine Salt
½ tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pizza Toppings
50 g Low-Moisture Mozzarella Cheese
50 g Jalapeno Monterrey Jack Cheese
Sliced Pickled Jalapeno (optional, or if you can’t find Jalapeno cheese)
Pepperoni of your choice
2 pinches Dried Oregano
Pecorino or Parmesan Cheese (a small amount grated or shredded under Mozz and Monterrey Jack)

Directions

Preparing The Dough

In a large mixing bowl, pour water and add dry yeast. Stir gently then add honey and incorporate everything well. Set bowl to the side as you measure out the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, add the flour and salt and mix them together.

Using a stuff spatula or wood spoon, add the flour mixture into the bowl of water. I recommend adding small amounts of flour at a time as you mix, this will make sure all of the flour is fully hydrated.

When the ingredients are roughly mixed and all of the dry flour has been hydrated by the water, cover the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes have passed, put the dough on a clean counter. Cover your hands lightly in olive oil and pat the top of the dough. Now, stretch and fold the dough over onto itself over and over again for 1-2 minutes. At the end, pull the dough ball towards yourself on the counter to make the skin tight and smooth.

Place the dough ball in a lightly floured plastic container or baking pan covered in plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

Preparing The Sauce

If you have an immersion blender, add the oil and salt to the open can of tomatoes and blend. If not, empty the can into a mixing bowl and and crush them with a potato masher. We’ll only be using a few spoonfuls of sauce for this pizza so the rest can go into a plastic container for later.

Par-Baking The Crust

2-3 hours later, Dump the proved dough onto a pile of semolina flour (AP flour will work too) and start working the dough into a disk using the flat side of your fingers. Be gentle and don’t poke holes into the dough with your fingertips. Flip the dough over on the flour pile as you work to prevent it from sticking to your hands or the counter. I recommend not using a rolling pin for this step for best results but if you prefer to roll it out feel free.

When your dough is stretched out to an approximately 12 inch disk, using a lightly floured pizza peel, transfer it to a pizza stone that’s been preheated at your oven’s maximum temperature for at least 1 hour.

1-2 minutes later, the top of the crust should be bubbling up but still completely white. Take it out and place it on a cooling rack for topping.

Topping The Pizza

Add 1-2 large spoonfuls of sauce to the center of the pizza crust and work it in circles around the entire pizza. Feel free to push the sauce right up to the end of the crust.

Add dried oregano and a few fingers full of grated pecorino or parmesan cheese.

Add mozzarella and jalapeno monterrey jack cheese to your preference. The amounts I’ve listed here are just suggestions, but in my opinion less is more. I like to have equal parts cheese and uncovered sauce for best results.

Add pepperoni – as with the cheese, less is more.

Baking The Pizza

Slide the topped pizza back onto the hot baking stone and leave it in the oven for another several minutes.

When the pizza is finished, the cheese will be completely melted with a few brown bubbles forming. The underside of the crust should be browned slightly (not blackened) as well.

If your crust is overdone before the cheese is ready, try par-baking the crust less next time. If the cheese is overdone before the crust is ready, next time try par-baking the crust longer.

Slide the pizza onto a cooling rack and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. When it’s cooled, slice it up and serve.

Old World Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Old World Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

250 g Pizza dough ball (see link below)
23 tbsp Tomato sauce (see link below)
150 g Shredded Mozzarella or Monterey Jack Cheese
23 pinches Dried Oregano
40 g Old world pepperoni sliced however you like
23 dashes Grated or shredded pecorino or parmesan cheese

Directions

Ball your dough and leave it to proof at room temperature for 1-2 hours in a covered container. This helps to build gas in the dough which improves the crust.

On a well floured surface, shape the dough with your hands or roll it with a rolling pin into a flat disk. For a puffy crust, don’t flatten or pinch the edges. If you’re using a pizza stone, you’ll want to do this on a peel. If you’re planning on cooking it directly on the rack, a piece of parchment paper works best.

Spread tomato sauce on the dough and sprinkle grated parmesan and dried oregano

Distribute the rest of your cheese. You can use however much you like but I recommend not going overboard or else it can become too greasy.

Add your pepperoni in whatever quantity you like. As with the cheese, I recommend not over doing it. Less is more when it comes to pizza toppings.

Place the pizza in a preheat oven at 500F, either directly on the rack with a piece of parchment paper or on a pizza stone. If you’re using a pizza stone, make sure to have preheated it at 500F for at least 1 hour beforehand.

The pizza can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on your oven and your preferences. When the cheese is bubbly and has a few brown spots and the pepperoni has cupped and charred around the edges, remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.

Tip: For an even crispier crust, try par baking the crust and sauce for a few minutes before adding the cheese and pepperoni. This gives the bottom of the crust extra time to crisp up without burning the toppings.

Simple White Pizza Recipe

Simple White Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

250 g 8.5oz pizza dough ball (see the link to my recipe below if you need one)
50100 g 1-3oz Mozzarella
23 pinches Grated or shredded pecorino
34 drops Ricotta dollops
23 sticks Arugula leaves
23 dashes Dried Oregano
1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Roll your pizza dough into a tight ball and place it in a lightly floured plastic container or high rimmed pan with plastic wrap. Let it proof (rest) at room temperature like this for 1-2 hours.

Carefully dump the proofed dough ball onto a clean, well floured surface. Shape or roll the dough into a round disk. Tip: If you like a puffy outer crust, make sure not to pinch or flatten the edges as you stretch it out.

Transfer the dough to a pizza peel if you’re using a stone, or to a piece of parchment paper if you’re cooking directly on the rack.

Spread olive oil and dried oregano on the pizza crust. Feel free to add any other seasonings you like such as basil or black pepper as well.

Sprinkle or shred fresh pecorino cheese to your liking, but not too much. Feel free to use Parmigiano-Reggiano or regular parmesan if you prefer.

Cut up the fresh mozzarella into cubes or batons and spread them evenly over the pizza dough. Don’t cover the entire surface unless you really like extra cheese – aim for a 50/50 split between uncovered and covered crust.

Bake the pizza in a pre-heated oven at 500F degrees, or on a pizza stone pre-heated for at least 1 hour at 500F. Bake until the crust starts to turn a very light brown color and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

When the pizza is finished, take it out of the oven and immediately add a few dollops of ricotta cheese and some leaves of fresh arugula to your liking.

Feel free to add or subtract any ingredients you wish.

Fluffy Pan Pizza

Fluffy Pan Pizza

Ingredients

500 g pizza dough
extra virgin olive oil
100 g fresh mozzarella cheese
60 g low moisture mozzarella/parm/cheddar cheese blend
2 pinches dried oregano
2 fresh basil
60 g San Marzano tomato sauce

Directions

Prepare Your Dough

Prep your dough. If coming directly from the fridge, allow the dough to sit for 2-3 hours until it reaches room temperature. Place in a well oiled pan and drizzle oil on top of dough. Gently press and stretch the dough until it reaches the edges of the pan. If the dough is too elastic and recoils back, let it sit for 10-15 mins and try again. It will eventually reach the edges of the pan.

Once your dough is prepped in the pan, cover it tightly in plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-3 hours. During this time the dough will rise up. This is what makes the crust fluffy and airy when baked.

Top The Pizza

Add shredded low moisture cheese to the edges of the crust. This cheese will fry in the oil and becomes crispy and tasty. Spread whatever is leftover evenly around the middle of the dough.

Break your fresh mozzarella cheese into chunks and place them evenly around the pizza.

Spread sauce in dollops or stripes across the top of the cheese. You can use as much or as little as you like, but I try to go 50/50 with sauce and cheese (see photos).

Spread dried oregano, fresh basil leaves and some extra Parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle some olive oil on top.

Bake Your Pizza

Preheat your oven to 450F and place pizza on the bottom rack. Check pizza after 10 minutes to see if crust is cooking too fast or slow. The bottom crust should be lightly golden by this point. If it’s cooking too fast, place it on a higher rack and let bake for another 5-10 minutes. The pizza is done when the cheese and toppings are cooked to your liking. The cheese should be lightly golden and melted, not a deep crusted-over brown (unless you like it that way).