Sadly, I don't have a wood burning oven for perfect pizza making at home. (Luckily, Motorino and Forcella both do and are not more than ten minutes away.)
So, how to make great pizza at home? I have some suggestions: use very good ingredients, make your own sauce, heat oven to its highest setting, aim for a thin crust and use a pizza stone to keep the temperature high and consistent.
Someone told me about this crust recipe and I didn't believe them but it's the quickest and my new favorite for at home pizza making. Makes two small thin crust pizzas. (The crust in the above photo is not this crust, it was a portion of whole wheat dough I had in the freezer.)
Quick Pizza Crust
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup plain greek yogurt
4 cloves garlic, diced, divided
1 shallot, diced
fresh thyme leaves, about 1 teaspoon
1 cup chantrelle mushrooms, brushed clean
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1 1/2 cup mahon cheese, grated
1 inch cube parmesan cheese, grated
1 large tomato, sliced
For the Crust: In a bowl combine yogurt and self rising flour with your hands until it comes together. Should resemble playdough. Adjust with more yogurt or flour as needed. Knead for 5 minutes. Form two discs and roll out on a floured surface very thin.
For the Pizza: Place a pizza stone in oven and heat to 500 degrees. Saute 2 cloves garlic, shallot, thyme and chantrelle mushrooms in a tablespoon of olive oil until shallot it clear and chantrelles are soft, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Rub each pizza with a drizzle of olive oil and rub with 1 clove diced garlic. Top each pizza with half the cheeses, tomato slices and mushroom mixture. Bake for 8-10 minutes. You may have to cook the pizzas one at a time. Serve hot.
I used a pizza pan that is circular and has holes in it. (Usually called a pizza crisper) I place this on the pizza stone (extra crisp) or place the stone on one rack and the baking sheet on a rack right above it (crisp).