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I always thought it would be helpful to create a page with resources (ingredients, equipment) for the home pizza maker. You see, several years ago, I NEVER thought I would be making pizza at home. Pizza that actually blows away most – if not all – of the local pizza joints. You can do this too!! Trust me, if I can do this, you can too. It’s easy. That said, don’t feel that you have to buy anything other than what you have now – Start with what you have on hand because this pizza recipe will always beat chainstore pizza and most local pizza places. Once you master the recipe and want to use it routinely, I highly recommend buying at least a scale, and a stone or steel (my preference)
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If you have read my recipe for NY pizza dough or even my post on Tartine bread, you know that one of the most important tools for making bread or pizza dough at home is the kitchen scale. I resisted buying one for a long time – but after I did, my breads and pizzas reached a whole new level. You will not regret this, trust me.
Shown above: the OXO scale.
This scale was recommended by Ken Forkish, author of Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast. I love this scale because you can pull out the front part (the black part) if you are using weighing ingredients in a large bowl that would otherwise block your view of the readout. It’s definitely worth the money in my opinion.
Shown above: King Arthur all purpose flour
Start with high quality flour! This can be found in many supermarkets, but if you cannot find it or if you like the convenience of ordering this online, try this amazing flour by King Arthur. I use the King Arthur all-purpose flour because it is a higher protein flour than most other all-purpose flours but not as high as many bread flours. It produces a tender crumb that is a bit lighter than bread flour, which is chewier. But if you like chewier pizza, try the King Arthur bread flour. Try both and see what you like better!
Shown above: King Arthur bread flour
I recommend bread flour for my NY pizza recipe, since most all purpose flours do not have enough protein to make a good pizza crust. However, King Arthur all purpose flour can be used if you like a softer more tender crust.
Shown above: My favorite Italian 00 flour by Caputo
I use this flour when baking pizza in my Blackstone oven. Neopolitan dough post coming soon! This flour is absolutely amazing, and is formulated for baking at very high temperatures. (800 + degrees)
Shown above: SAF Instant yeast, 1 lb
My favorite yeast! This stays fresh forever. I have always frozen mine and have never had any problems. This will make many many pizzas.
PIZZA STEEL (BAKING STONE)
Shown above: the 14 inch x 14 inch baking steel by Pizzacraft.
I used to bake pizzas on top of a pizza stone, and that might be great for you if you also bake breads and like to use a pizza stone. They are great, but once I switched to steel plates, there was no looking back. They conduct much more heat and better yet – they don’t crack! I went through so many stones. I absolutely love my baking steel and would never be without one. But beware: before you buy a pizza steel make sure you measure the interior size of your oven to ensure it will fit!
Shown, above: the 22 inch x 14 inch baking steel by Pizzacraft.
I have a 14 inch x 14 inch baking steel, but would love to buy a 22 inch x 14 inch baking steel for baking breads. I am also going to begin experimenting with using 2 different baking steels each on their own oven shelf to mimic the shallow height of commercial pizza ovens.
This was one of the best pizza baking purchases I’ve made. I have always wanted a brick oven pizza oven but the prices were always too high. Even if I could have one custom made outdoors, the preheating requirement using wood would be too time consuming for it to be practical to me. This Blackstone oven is the answer! Depending on time of year, it can make pizza in less than 90 seconds! It has to be heated up for about 15 to 20 mins, but then the pizzas come out good and very quick. This is priced comparably to a decent gas grill, and I use mine year round, much more often than I use my gas grill. A good deal if you ask me, and we rarely order out for pizza.
Shown above: The Blackstone Oven
All of these items and others including pizza peels and cutters can be viewed at my Amazon store