Mastering Homemade Pizza: Expert Oven Techniques with Bread Proofing - Jack Righteous

Mastering Homemade Pizza: Expert Oven Techniques with Bread Proofing

Comprehensive Guide to Making Pizza From Scratch - Including Bread Proofing and Oven Tips

Hello again, my brilliant kitchen partner! Are you ready to elevate our homemade pizza game? We'll delve into a detailed lesson that covers everything from dough preparation to the final baking, ensuring every slice is a masterpiece of flavor and texture.

Step 1: Preparing the Pizza Dough


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. Mixing Dry Ingredients: Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Adding Liquids: Gradually mix in warm water and olive oil.
  3. Kneading: Knead the mixture into a smooth, elastic dough.

Proofing the Dough:

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Use the Bread Proof function on your oven [setting are optimized for a Samsung Electric Range, which automatically provides the optimum temperature for the bread proofing process]. Press 'Bread Proof' and then 'START/SET'. Ensure that the oven temperature is below 100°F before starting. Proof for about 15 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size​​.

Step 2: Preparing Toppings - Flavor Profiles and Health Benefits

  • Sauces: Choose from classic tomato (rich in antioxidants) or pesto (heart-healthy with fresh herbs).
  • Cheeses: Mozzarella for creaminess, ricotta for richness, or vegan cheese for dairy-free diets.
  • Veggies: Bell peppers for vitamin C, mushrooms for minerals, and spinach for iron.
  • Proteins: Options like grilled chicken, pepperoni, or marinated tofu/tempeh.

Step 3: Assembling Your Pizza

  • Roll Out Dough: On a floured surface, roll the dough into your desired shape.
  • Add Toppings: Spread sauce, sprinkle cheese, and arrange your chosen toppings.

Step 4: Baking Your Pizza

Oven Setup:

  • Place a pizza stone in the lower third of the oven.
  • Preheat your Samsung Electric Range oven to around 475-500°F, ideal for achieving a crispy crust and perfectly melted toppings.


  • Slide the pizza onto the hot stone.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the toppings are cooked.

Tips for Maximizing Flavor

  • Prep in Advance: Roast veggies and marinate proteins a day ahead for deeper flavors.
  • Herb-Infused Oils: Prepare these ahead for a flavorful drizzle over your pizza.

Serving and Enjoying

Serve your homemade pizza with a fresh side salad. The fresh greens will complement the rich, savory flavors of the pizza, creating a well-rounded meal.

And there you have it! You've just created a scrumptious pizza from scratch, using your convection oven's bread proof setting to perfection. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with family and friends, savoring each bite of your custom-made creation. Bon appétit! 🍕👩‍🍳💖

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