Today, we are talking tradition how to make pizza.
For 25 years it’s been a family tradition, homemade pizza. To be exact, we refer to it as “Pizza Friday”
This family tradition has become especially fun with our friends. In fact, some friends say to us, we want to come for pizza Friday.
So, some Fridays we change it up a bit. This particular Friday, we made Fig jam pizza.
Have you ever had fig jam on pizza?
Well, with the right toppings, it’s fantastic. By the way, this isn’t breakfast jam.
No, this is thick and decadent. It’s not as sweet as regular jam.
Tradition How to Make Pizza
Do We Make Our Own Dough?
Do we make our own dough? No, we don’t.
You may be wondering why? We don’t make our own dough for our tradition how to make pizza because our market sells fresh dough.
This dough is from the Bronx. NYC is well known for its bread, a.k.a., especially bagels.
Here is the link Bronx City Baking.
It’s not only that NYC makes great bagels. There’s a reason the doughs are truly wonderful.
Of course, NYC is well known for its cuisine. However, they are well known for doughs of all kinds. So, there’s a secret, it’s,
Ready? It’s NYC water that makes their bread outstanding.
The water in the City has calcium and magnesium and this strengthens the gluten in the dough.
So, this is the reason their bagels and pizza dough are loved by many. So, we purchase our dough for the tradition how to make pizza.
First, Prebaking The Dough For Our Pizza
Because we have the tradition of making pizza, we have two pizza stones. On our grill and our oven. During the harsh winters, we use the oven. But, we love making pizza on the grill.
When using our oven, the temperature is set to 500 degrees. Our pizza stone also stays in our oven all the time.
Here’s the pizza dough screen and peel we use.
When using our oven we generally heat our pizza stone for at least an hour at 500 degrees. We do this because having a hot stone is extremely important.
Tools For Making Pizza:
- Pizza stone
- Pizza screen
- cheese grater
- pizza wheel
Spreading The Dough And Using Corn Meal For This Process
Because this has become a tradition of making pizza we have learned a few tricks.
Before spreading the dough for our pizza making, we sit it at room temperature for five minutes. Any longer it becomes sticky. Less time it’s too cold and when spreading it tends to bounce out of shape.
Also, we learned corn meal is a game changer for homemade pizza. It prevents it from sticking to the pizza peel. It also, adds great texture ad crunch to the pizza dough.
So, before adding the pizza dough to the peel sprinkle yellow corn meal on the pizza peel.
After five minutes, we spread the dough into shape to make the pizza.
In the meantime, take the fig jam out if in the refrigerator to warm up a bit.
Now bake your dough for one minute.
A Trick We Learned
When bringing your dough inside for adding the fig jam. Lightly flip it to the other side. This removes the air bubbles that form on pizza dough at times.
Topping Suggestions For Fig Jam Pizza
When making our fig jam pizza we use different toppings.
In particular, spicy Italian sausage removed from the casing and sauteed is a great, option. Mixing the spicy sausage with the richness of the jam is a great combination.
Another great option is buying a rotisserie chicken. I generally pull the chicken off the bone.
Additionally, this gives you enough chicken to make other pizzas. Freeze it in containers and take it out the night before you make a pizza.
Cheese Options For The Tradition When Making Fig Jam Pizza
There are a few options when adding cheese to fig jam pizza
Grated Cheese Options:
- fresh gouda
- Smoked Mozzarella
- a combination of assiago, mozzerrla and parmasen
- crumbled blue cheese
How Long To Cook The Pizza After The Toppings Are Added
Now, let’s cook the pizza. After taking the dough out of the oven or off the grill add the jam.
This is one of two brands we use for our fig jam pizza. Also, scroll through my images at the end of this post to see the other brand we use.
Spread with the back of a large spoon to evenly coat.
Next, add the sausage covering evenly.
Now grate the gouda and cover well.
Place the fig jam pizza back on the stone and cook for 7 more minutes. Because our grill gets hot spots, we rotate the pizza at the 3 1/2 minute mark. This prevents the crust from cooking unevenly.
However, when making it in the oven we cook the pizza for 7 minutes. The times may vary based on your oven and grill. Cut and enjoy!
By the way, you may enjoy this recipe too!
I hope you enjoyed the tradition, how to make pizza. Do you have any recipes you make that are a tradition besides the holiday season?
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Fig Jam Pizza
- 1 pizza stone,cheese grater, skillet, pizza peel, pizza baking screen, oven or grill
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 4 links Italian spicy sausage removed from the casing
- 3 heaping tbsp fig jam
- 1/2 round gouda cheese