The Fragrance of Pizza. The pizza fragrance is one of its most iconic and beloved hallmarks. Who has never smelled the delicious aroma of freshly baked pizza, with the aromas of tomato, some garlic, of cheese and spices that mix together in an explosion of taste? But what makes the fragrance of pizza so special and unique?
How to make your pizza fragrant
First of all, there is the type of flour used for pizza dough. Soft wheat flour is the most commonly used, but some pizzerias also use spelled or kamut flour to give a touch of originality to their dough. Each type of flour has a slightly different flavor profile, and can influence the final aroma of the pizza.
The Fragrance of Pizza
Then there is the tomato, a key ingredient for most pizzas. The tomato is rich in aromatic substances such as lycopene and taste, which give the tomato sauce its typical intense and sweet smell. But it's not just the tomato that contributes to the fragrance of the pizza: also the other ingredients such as garlic, the oregano, basil and chili peppers have powerful aromas that blend together to create the signature pizza scent.
What influences the fragrance of pizza
Cheese is another ingredient that has a great influence on the pizza's fragrance. Mozzarella cheese is most commonly used on pizza, but there are many other types of cheese that are often added, like gorgonzola, Parmesan, pecorino and provolone. Each of these cheeses has a unique fragrance, and their combination can give the pizza an intense and complex aroma.
Fragrance and cooking
At Last, there is the oven in which the pizza is cooked. Wood-burning ovens are the ones that give pizza its characteristic intense and light aroma, due to wood burning. Gas and electric ovens can also produce fragrant pizzas, but they don't have the same kind of intense and characteristic aroma as wood-fired ovens.
Conclusions on the fragrance of pizza
In conclusion, pizza fragrance is a combination of many things: the flour used for the dough, ingredients such as tomato, garlic and cheese, and the type of oven in which it is cooked. All these factors can profoundly influence the fragrance of your pizza.
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