Monday, September 21, 2009

Seeing off Sunday

We rounded out the weekend with a purging trip to the Op shop amongst other errands. Sunday at the Parentals is usually pasta night, here in the west it's pizza. I always make the base and haven't been able to go past Donna Hay's. Its easy and I love the texture of the finished product, crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy closer to the middle.

We'd usually opt for the less is more approach to our pizzas. But last night was an all on affair. We sat down just in time to catch 'Yellowstone'. A documentary on ABC about the seasons in said park. Last night was winter. I think there's two more parts to go. The photography is stunning.

Basic Pizza Dough serves 4.
• 1 packet dry yeast (7g) • 1/2 tsp sugar • 1 cup lukewarm water
Combine these three in a small bowl and set aside in a warm place. About 5 mins. There should be bubbles on the surface.

• 2 1/2 cups of plain flour or 2 3/4 tipo '00' flour • 1 tsp salt
Add yeast to flour, mix and then knead for 5-10 min until smooth.

Divide into 2-4 balls depending on the size of pizza you're after.
Lightly dust balls with flour. Place on tray, cover with glad wrap (or a damp tea towel - messier) put in a warm place (I usually turn the coffee machine on and put the tray on top) and let double in size. Anywhere between. 30-45 min.

I would usually roll my pizza out straight onto baking paper. But an adequately floured baking tray works just as well.

4 small pizzas will take 10-12 min each to cook at 180C.
2 large pizzas will take ~20 mins.

30/30 challenge Sunday: 30 mins walking just.
30/30 challenge Monday: 45 mins walking

1 comment:

Jac said...

Yum! I love homemade pizza - the perfect thing for the weekend. Thanks for the recipe, I usually use one from a cookbook I've had for ages but might try this and see how it compares!