A few weeks ago, the hubby and I went to Scottsdale’s Classic Cooking Academy for a fun pizza making class. It was a group session that teaches you the ins and outs of making a tasty pizza with wine, beer, salad and take-home recipes to do it again later! Oh, and we eat our yummy creations too. Check out the fun…
That last pizza there? Yup, I made it myself! And it was light, crispy and oh-so-good. Just like the restaurants.
It was so fun, and I was honestly so impressed at how good our pizzas were. As soon as everyone walks in, drinks are offered. We then mozy on into the kitchen for a demonstration from the Chef. He told us all about how to make a fabulous homemade caesar salad dressing and this fun tip: the dressing was supposedly invented in Mexico, somewhat by accident. Who knew?!
And then, it was on to the pizza. Of course, we all already knew the secret to a great pizza lies in the dough. Chef showed us how to use your hands or a rolling pin to make sure your dough is super smooth. To check if it’s ready, he recommended holding up the dough to the light to look for a few “transparent” spots. He put on his toppings, baked it for about 7 minutes and then sent us on our way to make our own!
Of course, there were already pre-made ingredients ready for us: mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, peppers, pepperonis, pesto sauce, tomato sauce and some pre-made dough so we didn’t have to wait for our own to rise.
I topped mine with mushrooms, red peppers a few pepperonis and generous amounts of fresh mozzarella. It was Delish!
Here are some more of Chef’s tips for pizza-making success:
- Restaurant ovens are a firey hot 1,000 degrees, so get yours as hot as possible! At least 500 degrees to make it crisp
- If you’re making multiple pizzas on a pizza stone, wait at least 10-15 minutes between each pizza so it can heat up again
- Don’t overload your pizza with too much cheese or the crust won’t crisp
- Keep it simple, less is more
- When making dough, make sure all ingredients are room temperature
Classic Cooking Academy also has pastry making classes and other courses for the public. We had a great time and I would definitely go back, it’s a great date night idea or girls night out. Plus, they have Groupons frequently (which is how we got there) so keep your eyes peeled!
At the end of dinner, they give you the recipes for everything we had: Homemade caesar dressing, the tomato sauce, dough and even the oh-so-yummy cannolis we had for dessert.
Want the dough recipe? Come back next Friday and I’ll give it to you!