Monday, April 20, 2009
The ups & downs of pizza
Today I thought I'd share the story of our family and pizza. We have always bought takeaway pizza, and enjoyed it despite knowing the calories lurking within were bad.
Then one day I received my issue of Super Food Ideas (my only magazine indulgence) and found an awesome recipe for pizza. I had dabbled before making pizza, with shop-bought bases, and even my bread-maker (1.5 hours to make 2 bases), but we always returned to cheap & easy take-away. this recipe looked really easy, and I could have any toppings I liked, or even make little individual ones ... so I tried it. Everyone liked it, so I kept making it.
Then one day we got lazy and ordered a takeaway pizza, and what a mistake that was! We were so used to home-made that this fat-laden pizza played havoc with everyone's stomachs. We swore never to buy a fast food chain pizza ever again.
Now ... since I love the recipe so much, and I think everyone deserves awesome pizza, I want to share it with you all. Here are some tips first:
* If your pizza toppings are freezable, then pre-cut and freeze. I always have baggies of cabanossi, beef mince, diced bacon, cooked onion and grated cheese in the freezer. It saves an enormous amount of time.
* If you like garlic bread with your pizza, have one wrapped and ready in the freezer next to your toppings. I defrost in the microwave for 3 minutes, then re-wrap in foil and cook with the pizza.
Now for the recipe!
3/4 cup warm water
1 sachet instant yeast (approx 7 grams)
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of sugar
2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
2 Tbl Oil (I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Pre-heat oven to 220 (celcius) or 200 (celcius) for a fan-forced oven.
Measure 3/4 warm water into your pyrex jug. Add the yeast, salt & sugar then mix, cover and let it stand.
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the oil and yeast/water mixture (which should be all frothy, but don't worry if it's not ... it'll still work fine).
Mix it all together and knead for a few minutes.
Roll out your dough and place onto your favourite pizza pan.
Add your favourite sauce and toppings.
Bake for 15 minutes (don't forget the garlic bread!).