Maddie and Wynn

International Pizza Day

February – 2nd Saturday

Fun Facts

  • Origins of pizza date back to ancient times; Greeks and Egyptians enjoyed!
  • The word PIZZA was first documented around 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. 
  • The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada in 1962 by Sam Panopoulos.
  • Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide EVERY YEAR!
  • The biggest pizza, prepared in Italy, had a total surface of 13,580.28 ft²  Guinness was there to document the massive pie!
  • Most pizza is eaten on Saturday.
  • Most popular pizza topping is pepperoni. 

cultural preferences find their way to the TOP

What are your favourite toppings?

Canadian Favourites

  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarrella cheese
  • bacon
  • pepperoni
  • mushrooms
Peruvian Favourites
  • eggs
  • raisins or currants
  • black olives
  • rocoto peppers
  • cumin

French Favourites

  • tomato sauce
  • bacon
  • onion (carmelized)
  • anchoives
  • olives

Ghanaian Favourites 

  • green peppers
  • onions
  • mozza cheese
  • processed meat

cast iron frying pan pizza

Step One: Buy or make pizza dough

Step Two: Prepare your toppings

Step Three: Let pizza dough rise aka proof

Step Four: Add 1 tbsp olive oil to frying pad then dust pan with cornmeal (prevent sticking). Shake salt, pepper and oregano or other italian seasoning you like onto bottom of pan.

Step Five: With oily hands and assisted by gravity, stretch pizza dough to fit in frying pan

Step Six: Turn stove top burner to medium heat and broiler to high

Step Six: Cover pizza dough with tomato sauce and favourite – prepared toppings. Complete this step within five minutes as your pizza dough is cooking and your pan is getting hot. 

Note: YOUR PAN IS HOT! Remember to use oven mitts when cooking.

Step Seven: Once topped put into the oven (above you already turned the oven broiler on). Let cook for 5 – 7 minutes. Keep an eye on your pizza, when cheese is bubbling and crust edge is brown it is time to take out. 

REMEMBER the pan it is hot. Put your oven mitts on!

Bloom is used to test the yeast, especially if yeast has been stored for some time. Blooming is also the process whereby active dry yeast is made ready to be used in a recipe. Blooming is not necessary when using fresh yeast and instant yeast.


see INGREDIENTS Yeast Blooming – Bread Science

 for more information

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