Pizza-Making Speed Record Challenge


This guy is trying to keep pizza in the fast food category. It’s a stretch. Especially if the dough isn’t in the mood.

 NY man hopes to break world record for fastest pizzas ever made

“NEW YORK — A New York pizza shop owner hopes his pie-making skills are the fastest in the land. Bruno DiFabio tells the New York Post ( ) that he is trying to break a world record for fastest number of pizzas made. To do so, he …”

If you own three pizza restaurants, this is not a bad skill to perfect. For the rest of us, a little time, care, art and love wins the day for pizza.

If you want to make the pizza a little slower so people eat it faster, you can learn how to make pizza at home in PizzaHomeChef’s Pizza School.

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Pizza-Making Democracy

A careful look at last night’s pizza reveals democracy in action.

 Who says you can’t please everyone?
–This pizza says ‘Yes you can!’

democratic pizzamaking

The Polls Have Closed and Final Pizza-Making Results Are Now In:

After lengthy negotiations and subtle pressure from various food groups and factions, our analysts have determined that a 75% preference for mushrooms was splintered by various population segments voting for crimini while others held out for regular plain white mushrooms.

The sundried tomato lobby exerted subtle pressure and wound up with a 50% showing, while conservatives maintained a traditional “just-sauce-and-cheese-please” approach for the left lower quarter.

A peaceful resolution was not fully secured until the rocker knife had finalized the agreed-upon boundaries.

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Pizza Rocker Knife Video

Click on this link to see why you want a rocking knife
for your pizzas.

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Make Pizza Dough with a Stand Mixer: Watch the Video

Watch this Video of Making Pizza Dough with a Stand Mixer.

Let me show you how to make a big batch of pizza dough in a few minutes. This is a pizza making breakthrough:

Click here to go to the video

How to Make Pizza Dough with a Stand Mixer Video

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How to Make Pizza Dough at Home by Hand: The Video

In a previous post I showed you how to make pizza dough by hand.

That post features pictures, measurements, and detailed instructions. But there’s nothing quite like watching somebody actually make the dough right in front of you.

Even if you use a stand mixer, making pizza dough by hand now and then will expand your understanding of what makes a pizza dough great.

Click below to go to the video:

How to Make Pizza Dough by Hand Video

Homemade Handmade Pizza Dough Video

How to Make Pizza Dough by Hand--Click to Go to the Video

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Slice 10% Off your Pizza Tools Through December 16th

pizza equipment sale

We wish you all a great holiday
–with a reminder that making pizza
can be part of the celebration.

How to Save 10%

Just use the code seasons in checkout and save 10 percent off all your items through December 16th.

This pizza wreath is made with basil, arugula, sliced pimento-stuffed green olives and slices of a small pepperoni.  And was it ever good.

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Grilled Pizza on your Bbq with No Flipping, Flaming or Flopping

You want to make pizza on your outdoor grill or barbecue so you don’t have to heat up your house on a hot day.

You also like that smoky, savory difference you’ve tasted in outdoor pizza.

You could just throw a pizza stone on your grill.

Then you’d just fire it up and hope your stone doesn’t crack with the thermal shock of sudden temperature rises and falls when you lift the hood to check on your pizza. But you decide you’d better search for pizza-grilling recipes and techniques first.

You’re shocked and daunted by the number of recipes calling for you to lay your dough directly on the grill, then, halfway through, lift and flip the dough, build your pizza on the half-baked base, and return it to the flames.  Yikes.  A little char can be nice, but this baby’s bound to burn.

Here’s an example of this daring outdoor adventure:

Please have your fire department on speed dial before you (literally) light up.

I’ve thought about this problem and come up with the solution: our Pizza Grill Kit.

Pizza Grill Kit

I decided the best approach is to turn my grill into an outdoor pizza oven.  A thick, heavy, 14-inch diameter cast iron pizza pan stands in for the stone. You place it on your grill or barbecue to heat up.  (By the way, this technique works on gas and charcoal grills.)

Pull pizza dough onto lightly oiled perforated disk

Pull pizza dough onto perforated pizza disk

Meanwhile, you lightly oil the kit’s perforated pizza disk, stretch your pizza dough, and slide it onto the disk.  Then you give the dough its final shaping and start building your pizza.

Finish making your pizza on the pizza disk

Finish building your pizza on the perforated disk

The disk’s perforations keep the pizza dough dry and crusty in the baking process.  It also eliminates the need for cornmeal or flour to slide the pizza onto the “stone.”

When the pizza you assembled on the disk is ready to bake, you place the pizza, still on its disk, onto the aluminum peel and slide it onto the now hot cast iron pizza pan on your grill.

Slide pizza onto grill with aluminum peel

Slide your pizza & its disk onto the hot cast iron pizza pan

Then close the grill’s hood, checking every few minutes quickly to see how it’s baking without losing heat.

Close the grill’s hood to get a pizza oven effect

You can use the kit’s two pan grippes help you adjust the pizza on the cast iron pan and rotate the pizza for even cooking.

rotate pizza for even baking on grill or bbq

Pan grippes help you maneuver pizza for perfect baking

When your pizza’s done, slide the peel back under the disk and remove the pizza to a heat and flame resistant surface.

aluminum peel removes pizza on pizza disk from grill

Slide your pizza on its disk out of the grill

Slice and serve.

Leave the cast iron pizza pan on the grill to bake more pizzas or gradually cool down.  But then remove it so overnight condensation doesn’t cause corrosion of the cast iron.

Of course you’ll also get great pizza making results with this kit in your kitchen oven.

How do you make pizza on your outdoor grill or barbecue? I’d love to see pictures and explanations.

And if you’ve tried our Pizza Grill Kit, please report in how it worked for you.

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A hot pizza stone, some extra pizza dough, and a lonely anchovy spell pizza mischief.

As I stretched out the pizza dough for my large mushroom pizza, it pulled inches beyond my wooden peel, and I realized I had some dough to play with.

anchovy mini pizza made in a flash

Mini Anchovy Pizza Made in a Flash

Even when I’m making one pizza, I use two pizza stones on two shelves to get a brick oven effect. So I could easily make a small extra pizza.

I sliced off the excess, overhanging dough from the large pizza, rolled it back into a ball, then quickly stretched it out into a six-inch diameter disk and laid it on a second wood peel.

I had to act quickly because the first pizza would be slowly settling onto its peel and could start to stick if I didn’t get it made up and in the oven quickly.

So I built the mushroom pizza while the other mini pizza base waited.

Since this mini second pizza would bake faster in the oven, I slid the large pizza onto the first pizza stone, then quickly turned to the mini.

In a white flash of inspiration I decided to make a white pizza.

I had an open can of anchovies from making the accompanying Caesar’s salad. (Someday I’ll share this recipe.)  I smeared the dough with light coating of oil from the can just to set the fishy theme.

Then I broke a slice of provolone cheese into a few pieces to loosely cover the oil.

Next I unrolled a remaining anchovy filet, broke it into little bits, and distributed them over the pizza.  I included its caper, too. Any excess anchovy on my fingers got wiped onto this palette as well.

I finished this baby off with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes and, lastly, a drizzling of just a few shreds of Parmesan and mozzarella.

Because this pizza was so small and light, there was no need for cornmeal to facilitate sliding it onto the stone.

Its small size also meant it baked quickly enough to time out with the larger pizza that had a head start.

Actually, next time I would bake the mini pizza for an even shorter time.  At 550 degrees F, small pizzas with light ingredients bake in a few minutes.

You can pretty much recreate this little gem, but I’m not offering it here so much as a recipe for a particular pizza, but as a recipe for pizza making:

When pizza-making opportunities come up in the moment, make the most of them.

Try something new. Surprise yourself. That’s one way to keep pizza really fresh.

What pizzas have you thrown together on the fly?

How did they turn out?

What did you learn?

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Simply Fabulous Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

I call this wonderful pizza sauce recipe ‘Fresh’ because it has a lighter, brighter flavor than pre-made, store-bought sauces or long-simmered sauces (which can be wonderful in their own right).

fresh pizza sauce recipe

I say ‘Simply’ because it requires very few ingredients or preparation and takes about 7 minutes to make enough for about 3 large pizzas, depending on how thinly or thickly you spread it.

I’ll present a savory sautéed or simmered sauce soon.  (How’s that for alliteration?)

Simply Fabulous Fresh Homemade Pizza Sauce:
The Short Version

1 – Mash up a 28 ounce /793 gram can of whole stewed roma tomatoes.

2 –  Add salt to taste (@ 1 tablespoon)

3 – Grind in a few twists of black pepper

4 – Swirl in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

That’s the basic recipe.  No cooking.  You’re done in a few minutes. You’ll love it.

Fresh Pizza Sauce Elaboration, Explanation,
Illustration and Options

You want whole tomatoes because the tomato canners break the tomato seeds in the process of crushing or dicing or puréeing their tomatoes. And broken seeds release a bitter flavor.

Three Ways to Mash the Tomatoes.

1: You can push your tomatoes through a potato masher.

mashing tomatoes for pizza sauce And slice off whatever gets stuck in the masher as you go.slice tomatoes from masher as you go

2:  A food mill will do the trick.

3:  Or you can roll up your sleeve, reach in, and do it by hand.
hand mashing tomatoes for pizza sauceIf you’re not squeamish, this is faster and easier than the potato masher. Beware of squeezing or mashing the romas too suddenly. They may squirt.  For extra squirt security—or just not to witness the carnage—you can toss a dishtowel over the bowl at least for the initial slaughter.

You’ve just done the hardest part of making this fresh pizza sauce.

Really.  Now just sprinkle in salt, perhaps a little black pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil.

Fresh Pizza Sauce Options:

  • Taste it, and decide if it needs a sprinkle of sugar to round it out.  Do this a little at a time.  With pizza sauce, too sweet is probably worse than not sweet enough.
  • Add fresh basil or oregano.  This really puts the ‘fresh’ in this fresh sauce.
    fresh basil into pizza sauce

(In a future post, I’ll show you how to have ‘fresh’ basil on hand all year and never waste another leaf.)

Your sauce is ready to make a great pizza!
pizza spoodle spreads saucePizza Spoodle in Action

  • I occasionally also sneak a little red wine into the sauce.  Just a tablespoon or so.

Please share your experiences and variations with this great pizza sauce recipe.

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Focaccia New Year!

A Flatbread Tradition That Never Falls Flat

Fresh-Baked Focaccia

Neighborly New Year's Focaccia

My good neighbors and friends Russ and Terez always bring a freshly baked focaccia on New Year’s.  It’s a fine tradition as far as my family and I are concerned.

Russ is also a passionate pizza maker.

The two of us talk about building a pizza oven into the fence we share, with equal peel access from both backyards.

They say good fences make good neighbors.  So what kind of neighbors would fences with shared, built-in pizza ovens make?

Hard to imagine they’d be better than the neighbors we already have. But I like the idea of building friendships through baking and sharing beautiful Italian flatbreads.


Focaccia Terrified as Family Closes in

I hope the new year is the best ever for everyone.

If we all find ways to be good and giving neighbors, 2011 will be amazing.

And if we all make and share great pizza, things will be even better.

What are your New Year’s resolutions and aspirations, pizza or otherwise?

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