Try This at Home: How to Make Pizza

Ina Garten gives Food Network Magazine a step-by-step lesson on pizza making.

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"I love the interplay of hot and cold, not to mention the creamy cheeses and bitter arugula and lemon," Ina says. "I finish the pizzas with coarse sea salt before serving."

Combine the water, yeast, honey and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. When the yeast is dissolved, add 3 cups of flour, then 2 teaspoons salt, and mix on medium-low speed. While mixing, add up to 1 more cup of flour, or just enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with the flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to the bowl.

TIP: Make sure the bowl is warm before you put the water and yeast in; the water must be warm for the yeast to develop.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead it by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. TIP: Salt inhibits the growth of yeast; add half the flour, then the salt, and then the rest of the flour.

TIP: To make sure yeast is still "alive," or active, put it in water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. If it becomes creamy or foamy, it's active.

Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it to cover it lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Place 1/2 cup of olive oil, the garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook for 10 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn't burn. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. (Be sure your oven is clean!) Dump the dough onto a board and divide it into 6 equal pieces.

Place the doughs on sheet pans lined with parchment paper and cover them with a damp towel. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Press and stretch each ball into an 8-inch circle and place 2 circles on each sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (If you've chilled the dough, take it out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes ahead to let it come to room temperature.)

Brush the pizzas with the garlic oil, and sprinkle each one liberally with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with fontina, mozzarella and goat cheese. Drizzle each pizza with 1 tablespoon more of the garlic oil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the crusts are crisp and the cheeses begin to brown.

Meanwhile, whisk together 1/2 cup of olive oil, the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. When the pizzas are done, place the arugula in a large bowl and toss with just enough lemon vinaigrette to moisten.

Buy quality Italian fontina, rather than the usual Danish, for the pizzas.

Place a large bunch of arugula on each pizza and a slice of lemon and serve immediately. "My television producer, Rachel Purnell, told me about having a white pizza like this in London and I thought, 'What a great idea,'" Ina says.

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