Recipe courtesy of Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Show: Extra Virgin
Episode: The Pizza Oven
Total:
4 hr
Active:
30 min
Yield:
4 small pizzas
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Pizza Dough:
  • One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water (approximately 80 degrees F)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting 
Toppings:
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced 
  • 24 squash blossoms, stems and pistils removed 
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Directions

Special equipment: a pizza peel; a wood-burning pizza oven, optional; a pizza stone, optional

Four hours before cooking, heat a wood-burning pizza oven. Alternately, heat a pizza stone in a 500 degree F oven for 1 hour.

For the pizza dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the yeast, lukewarm water, and 1/2 cup of the bread flour. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes, or until bubbly like foamy beer.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour and the salt until evenly combined.

Add 3/4 cup cold water and the olive oil to the yeast mixture. Turn on the mixer and begin adding the flour mixture in increments, then mix for 5 minutes, until the dough starts creeping up the dough hook and detaching from the sides of the bowl.

Grease a large bowl with oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Turn the dough to coat its surface with oil. Cover the bowl loosely with a tea towel. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch the dough down, then let rise another 1 hour.

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into discs. Sprinkle some all-purpose flour on your pizza peel. Using a rolling pin, stretch 1 piece of the dough to a very thin 10-inch round.

For the toppings: Lightly dress the dough with about 1/2 cup ricotta. Top with 1/4 of the onion and 6 squash blossoms, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

Place the pizza on the oven floor and cook until the cheese is just melted and the dough is done, about 3 minutes. (If using a home oven with a pizza stone, increase the baking time by 2 minutes.)

Remove the pizza and drizzle with some more olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining 3 dough balls and ingredients.

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