Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When the sun hits your eye like a big pizza pie...

that's amore...

I've been making pizza every Saturday. Trying to make it a habit. Not only is it the best food ever to repeat every week, but it's also fun, creative and good for company. Making the dough and sauce yourself will make you SO proud of yourself!

The ingredients:

(for the sauce)
6-8 garlic cloves, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 kg crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried basil, parsely and oregano

(for the dough, makes three pizzas)
11/4 cups warm water
packet yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups white flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt

The recipe:

(for the sauce)
Saute garlic in olive oil for a minute or two with red pepper flakes. Add all of the other ingredients and let simmer for at least ten minutes. Let cool. Use enough for your pizza and freeze the rest!

(for the dough)
Sprinkle yeast on warm water and let sit for five minutes. Add in olive oil.

Meanwhile, mix together all dry ingredients. Add water, yeast and olive oil mixture to dry mixture and mix well. Add extra water or flour if needed to form a malleable ball. Knead for a few minutes.
Place in a covered bowl and let sit in a warm place for about an hour. (I heat up my oven for five minutes, TURN OFF THE HEAT, and then put the dough in there)
After an hour, it should've doubled in size.
Separate into three separate balls. Roll each ball out as thin as you can or as wide as you want it. Fold over edges to form crust.
Get your cheese ready!
Top your three pizzas with cooled tomato sauce...
...cheese, chopped onion and a little extra oregano...
... and you have the perfect pizza base!

Topping ideas coming soon!

Pizza tips:
  1. Get your oven extra hot
  2. Don't overload on toppings, it will take longer to cook
  3. Make sure your toppings are as dry and cool as possible, to avoid soggy dough
  4. Try roasting your vegetable toppings (tomatoes, onion, peppers, etc.) in the oven before putting them on the pizza... it will add flavor

1 comment:

  1. yes! then tell me about it! :) And share pizza topping ideas too!