This is my recipe for a tasty pizza with mushrooms.
We make a similar one with pepperoni so if you prefer that or any other pizza topping it's almost up to you. Almost, because you have to make sure the topping doesn't contain much water. Otherwise you may ruin the pizza dough.
1. Prepare the mushrooms.You need around 300-400g of them. Gently fry them on low-temperature oil for around 10-15 minutes. Make sure to remove any excess of water. Add some salt. You can add a bit of chopped onion if you like.
2. Prepare the yeast.
You need around 25g of dry or 50g of fresh yeast. We always use the fresh one
but it may not always be available. Mix it with a few teaspoons of milk and some sugar (see the pictures for rough amounts).
3. Make pizza dough.
Put around 400g of a good quality wheat flour in a bowl. Add several bigger pinches of salt (around a teaspoon of it), add some pepper.
Add a tablespoon of oil. Now the important part: get a glass of boiling water and leave it cool off for a minute or two. Add the yeast mixture, stir the flour and then add the water. Stir all the ingredients again till it becomes one gluey blob.
4. Pizza dough - phase 2.
Put a bit of flour on the cake board so the dough doesn't stick to it. Now knead the dough for a couple of minutes. Add more flour to it till it's dry but still easy to knead. Roll the dough and see if it doesn't fall apart. If it does try kneading it again with a bit of water or even more oil.
5. Prepare the trey.
Put a little bit of flour all over the metal try. Some people put oil instead - not a good idea though.
Gently place the dough on the trey.
6. Prepare the sauce.
It's actually a very simple: take one or two teaspoons of tomato paste and mix it with
a bit of ketchup. Add some warm water and stir it up. No extra spices needed. Place the sauce on the dough evenly.
7. The toppings
Grate some cheese all over the pizza, probably Gouda works the best. We don't put too much of it to keep it lighter. Now, we add the secret ingredient, you can see it on the picture - I'm hoping you can guess it in comments?
Place the mushrooms evenly, bigger chunks might block the dough from growing. Add some spices as well, like pepper again, basil or some other herbs you like. We like our pizza hot so we add plenty of red pepper flakes, but you have to be used to that, so not recommended.
This is the most important part in fact. Many people claim the secret of a good pizza is the right dough.
It's only a half-truth. The oven temperature is as important. You need to heat it up at least to 200 C degrees. Once heated, place the pizza and keep it there for 12-14 minutes, not longer. You also know it's ready when pizza edges are reddish/burnt a bit.
Please try to guess the secret ingredient!