Just like the Beach Boys wished they could bring all of the ladies across America to California in “California Girls,” many pizza lovers wish all the pizza around the world could be New York-style pizza. But unfortunately, if you don’t live in New York City, it can be a bit of a drive to get a slice (not to mention the traffic!).
On the other hand, pizza lovers can make New York-style pizza at home. According to Frank Pinello, owner of Brooklyn’s Best Pizza, the easiest pizza dough is the best pizza dough.
Here’s how to create your own New York-style pizza pie:
According to Pinello, the right pizza dough needs only five key ingredients i.e.
- 1.5L water
- 10g yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1.5 tbsp of kosher salt
Blending in a Dough Mixer
First, you’ll want to combine all of the wet ingredients in the mixer. In a separate bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients. Then, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, on a slow setting. Increase the speed as the ingredients blend together in the mixer.
Blending by hand
Combine the dry ingredients and create a small bowl for the wet ingredients. Add a little warm water to the yeast before adding to the ingredients, so that it creates a kind of paste.
Once the dough forms a ball-like substance and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, then you can remove it from the mixer, cover it, and put it in the fridge to leave overnight.
When you actually are ready to make your New York-style pizza, you’ll want to take out the dough about an hour before cooking it.
Patting the Dough
In order to get the thin New York-style dough, you’ll want to pat it down into a flat disc about 7 inches in diameter, before letting it rest 2 to 3 minutes. Next, you’ll want to stretch it until you feel like you can’t stretch it anymore, then rest again for 2 to 3 minutes. You’ll continue this process until the dough is roughly 12 to 14 inches in diameter.
Cooking a New York-style Wood-Fired Pie
Once your dough is ready, now it’s time to fire up the wood-fired oven. You’ll want to start a fire and let it burn for 1.5 to 2.5 hours to reach the best temperature, usually when the fire has burned down to coals. For New York-style pizza, the most optimal temperature is usually 600 degrees or higher.
When you reach this point, push the coals to the side and place the dough on directly on the floor or where the coals were previously burning. You may want to get an infrared thermometer, which can tell you where in the oven is the hottest spot.
When it comes to actually cooking the pizza, you’ll only want to keep it in there for 3 to 6 minutes.
Benefits of a Wood-Fired Pie
There are many reasons to cook a New York-style pizza in a wood-fired oven. First, it enhances the flavor, based on how evenly the heat is distributed. Going along with that, wood-fired ovens cook veggie and fruit toppings with more immediacy which helps everything from peppers to pineapple to mushrooms maintain their flavor and antioxidants. Overall, wood-fired ovens can be a healthier option for individuals based on these facts. And since they also save energy, they’re healthier for the environment, too.