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6 Common Pizza Mistakes

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We have blended our Heritage White Flour, and our Ultra-Fine Heritage Whole Wheat Flour to make our Heritage Pizza Flour.

This combination will make a crust that is chewy and so full of flavor that you won’t need to go overboard on the toppings. You can use our recipe here, or any pizza crust recipe you like.

Before you start whipping up your pizzas, check out these six most common pizza making mistakes to help bring your pizza to the next level!

The Six Most Common Pizza-Making Mistakes

#1 Too Much Cheese

You might think that there is no such thing as too much cheese (we used to think that too) but when it comes to pizza, a heavy hand with the cheese can make it greasy. Also, a pizza can only hold so much cheese. Add just enough to cover the sauce or the pizza is going to fall apart under the weight of all that dairy.

#2 Too Many Toppings

Just as too much cheese can create pizza problems, so can adding too many toppings. Not only will the toppings be too heavy for the dough, it can also mean uneven baking. The more toppings the more time they’ll take to bake. Meanwhile, the crust will bake at its normal cooking time. This means an overly baked crust (aka burned) or undercooked toppings.

#3 Thin Dough

In making a thin crust, there is the desire to make pizza dough as thin as it will possibly go. The risk to this is making the dough so thin that it will either tear before it’s topped, or that it just won’t support the sauce, cheese and toppings after it is baked. Whether you toss your dough or shape it by hand, do it carefully and stop before it begins to look weak.

#4 Soggy Dough

Soggy pizza can happen for a number of reasons (adding toppings that release too much water, for example). The number one reason, however, is that the pizza wasn’t baked in a hot enough oven. Give the oven time to heat up to 500 degrees (900 degrees if you are using a pizza oven), or as close to that as possible. The hotter the oven the better the pizza will be and the faster it will cook.

#5 Jumping the Gun

As soon the pizza is in the oven, the whole kitchen fills with the amazing aroma of homemade pizza. It’s tempting to eat it right away. Keep in mind that a pizza generally needs about 3-4 minutes more in the oven after it looks done. Make sure that the dough underneath the toppings is completely baked through. If you are using a wood-fired oven, the bake time is about 1-1 ½ minutes.

#6 Not Allowing to Cool

Patience is not a virtue everyone possesses, especially when it comes to pizza. Two to three minutes of cooling after it comes out of the oven, will make all the difference. Not only will the cheese have time to set, but you also can avoid burning the roof of your mouth! Just like anything, the more you practice the more confident you will be when it comes to throwing together a homemade pizza.

After you get your free bag of Heritage Pizza Flour for 200 rewards points, remember these 6 common mistakes next time you return to the kitchen to whip up a pizza!

All for now, 

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