Pizza Margherita's history
The pizza Margherita is one of the symbols of Italian cuisine throughout the world. Invented in June 1889 by the Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy, the color combination of its ingredients is not accidental: the red tomato, white mozzarella and green basil, represent the Italian flag.
Pizza Margherita's recipe
Ready in: 1 hour and 15 mins
Author: Italy Creative . .
Ingredients (for 6 persons)
Pasta: 2 lb Italian “00” flour or all-purpose flour,1 oz fresh yeast, 2 cups water, ⅜ oz salt
Tomato dressing: ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 lb mozzarella cheese, basil leaves to taste, 1 lb canned tomatoes, salt to taste
Directions: On a work surface, shape the flour into a well. Place the yeast, salt and warm water in the center. Be careful not to let the salt come in contact with the yeast. Knead the dough vigorously with your hands for 15-20 minutes, or use a mixer, until the dough is soft and smooth. Once you have the right consistency, adding a bit of water or flour if necessary, shape the dough into a ball. Cover with a plastic bowl so that the dough is protected from the air. Let rise for 3 or 4 hours at room temperature for about an hour in a warm place.
Once the dough will be doubled in volume, ricavatene 6 loaves, shape them in spherical shapes, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and let them rise at room temperature for a couple of hours or in a warm place for about 45 minutes. As soon as the loaves have doubled in volume, prepare the tomato sauce and place it in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 1/3 of the olive oil. Knead the dough, then flattening them using your fingers. Use a ladle or a spoon to spread a good amount of tomato sauce on the pizza. Then, cover with mozzarella, torn into pieces. Garnish with a couple leaves of basil and bake in a 480° F oven for 5 or 6 minutes.
Once ready, remove the pizza from the oven. Garnish with more basil and a drizzle of oil. Serve immediately.
Pizza cooking class in a Pizzeria in Naples.
A completely hand on course to learn preparing the pizza.
Just few steps to learn how to prepare the true Neapolitan pizza. You will learn the proper preparation of the pizza dough, the correct way to make it and also how to manipulate it to make the perfect pizza shape and the perfect cooking for a classic crisp crust, the correct temperature for the backing, the secret of real genuine natural tomatoes sauce and mozzarella used only with fresh basil for the famous Margherita pizza art.
The Cooking class will last about 3 hours and include the preparation of the Pizza that partecipants will enjoy accompanied by a glass of wine at the end of the cooking class.
The course includes also the visit to a local food market where you can savor the colors and flavors of authentic local life of the market.
What is included: briefing of the Chef, access to all cooking equipment needed for the event, menu and planning of the event, a copy of the recipes.