Thursday, June 05, 2008

Don't give up

Last weekend, we actually done two pizza, a pot of pasta as well as beef stew for a "dine out" with K and kids. We wanted to have a little house "warming" for her little new nest. The plan was to rough it out by sitting round on the floor and dig in but things didn't work out as the contractors were still around. In the end, we drove to her mom's place and dined on proper table and chairs. Actually having to dine on the floor reminded me of my first matrimonial home. I remembered that for the first week, we didn't have any furniture except the bed. So each night, we make a make shift table and have our dinner. Thinking back, it was really fun. Back to the pizza. The first pizza crust that I done, didn't use any yeast so upon reading Happy Home Baking's. I was curious and wanted to find out whether it yield the same texture as a pizzeria in Sunset Way. That pizzeria has the biggest pizza I ever seen. It was really huge and thanks to M, we got to try it when we had our last gathering at L's place. Anyway, I wasn't too successful with it. Our experiment a week back. Son had problem rolling out as it kept shrinking back. In the end, he managed though it is not really a round pizza. Daughter too had problem but she acted too fast for me to stop her. She gathered up her dough to reshape. Outcome, son's pizza was crispier than daughter's. So for today, I decided to retry this recipe. Despite me resting the dough longer on the second proofing. I too had problem shaping it. Worst, my pizza shape was too ugly for display. As compared to last time, I decided to use only one type of cheese. Normally I used a combination of regular cheedar and mozzarella cheeses but the last time I used matured cheddar cheese, we find that the taste is too strong. This time round, I only used mozzarella cheeses which my kids love most. Here is our homemade pizza. Photobucket What you need: (make two 12" pizza dough) 250g bread flour 1 tsp fast-acting dry yeast 1 tsp salt 150ml lukewarm water 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Method: Grease two 30cm (12in) round pizza trays. Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix in the yeast. Make a well in the centre and add the water and olive oil. Using a dough hook, gradually work the ingredients together to form a soft dough. If the dough is too dry add a few drops of water. Continue to knead for 10 mins until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a round ball and place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for 1 hr or until double in size. Turn out the risen dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knock it down to release the air. Give it a few gently kneading. Divide dough into 2 portions. Shape into two balls, cover loosely with cling wrap and let it rest for about 10mins. Roll or press out each portion to a round, about 12" in size. Place dough on prepared tray. Spread pizza sauce over the dough to within 1 cm (0.5 inch) of the edge. Arrange a layer of grated cheese, followed by preferred toppings. Sprinkle the top all over with grated cheese. Bake in a preheat oven at 200 degC for 15~20mins or until the crust has turned golden and the cheese has melted. Serve warm. Recipe source: adapted from Fresh Baked by Louise Pickford Posted by Precious Moments @ 6:00 PM :: (0) comments
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