Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pizza at it's Homemade Best

I decided to repost this Pizza recipe, as the other day I made some wonderful Pizza Bread
It is really simple and perfect to having with lovely comforting soup with this miserable weather we are having here in Auckland.
When I looked for this post for the recipe, I noticed there were the photos of our time on the boat.
Definitely worth a re-post
Wonderful Summer weather.
Not too far away...only a couple of months...oh maybe 3
So here we go
Hi my first post for 2008 
This my version for the easiest So Simple Pizza
We are still on board Cajun Moon where we have spending the last month in the sunny and not so sunny (as it turned out this year) Jewel of the North Whangaroa Harbour. A beautiful and unique place.

How's this for a sunset?
But back to Pizza
Step by step
You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn for this bread
Max time: 1 hour 15 minutes... from whoa to go
I have this down to a fine art and feel really confident that anybody could get the same results.
i.e. to get the water to the correct hand hot temp 2/3 cold water 1/3 just boiled water.
This is the right temp for our granddaughter’s mouth and perfect for bread making
You learn something everyday

! cup high grade flour (if you have Italian 00 more’s the better)
1 pkt 8g dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Approx 100 mls warm water prepare 200 mls just in case…some days it may take more
It’s important that the dough is not dry

Place flour in a large bowl
Add sugar, yeast and salt
(making sure the salt and yeast are not together
Salt kills yeast)
So add about 100 mls of water and mix till the dough comes clear of the bowl
Turn out onto floured board and knead about 1-2 minutes
Till dough is smooth
Place back into the bowl which you have oiled and toss around to coat the dough
Cover with tea towel or plastic wrap.
Leave till doubled in size about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature
Pull away from sides of bowl

Turn back onto floured board and knead it well about another minute
Flour the rolling pin and roll into shape and place in oiled pizza pan
Now I do have a stone and a peel on board
and they have been well used, particularly by our son when he is on board but I think to myself… the pizza shop guys use these pans…why not me.
I sit the pan on the stone though to get maximum heat
On this occasion I just wanted to make pizza bread so I brushed an excellent olive oil
Over the top
Into a very hot oven and it should take anywhere around 10 minutes

It doesn’t need to be brown that makes it too crispy this is just perfect
Sliced into 6 pieces and served it with some beautiful tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and pepper and a drizzle of the good extra virgin olive oil
Some nice soft Castello cheese white and blue. Glass of crisp white wine.Lunch fit for a king.
To make Garlic Pizza Bread
Before you place it in the oven make a paste
Using 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
A slosh of olive oil
Sprinkle with sea salt
Again about 8-10 minutes in a very hot oven
Perfect to have with anything really

Of course most times we add toppings.
This pizza I topped just simply with
Fresh tomato sliced
Spring onion chopped
Grated cheese (your choice...this was a mix of mozzarella and cheddar)
3-4 artichoke hearts
And few dashes of hot chilli sauce

It's so good I am going to make it again today


Barbara said...

Looks great Gilli. THanks for joining HHDD.

Asha said...

I agree.I just posted homemade Calzones too! Pizza from scratch are the best! Have a great weekend Gilli.

My comments are open now, you can visit there!:))

Anali said...

Happy 2008 Gilli! That sunset is so beautiful! And so is your pizza! ; )

so simple said...

Thank you...that harbour is a stunning place

joey said...

How wonderful to be cooking and eating pizza on a boat with such a glorious view! :)

Thanks for joining HHDD...your pizza looks delicious!

katiez said...

I want that pan! I have a new find a pan like that!
Lovely pizza, beautiful sunset! It makes me really miss boating...

so simple said...

joey glad you like the look of the is so simple!!!

I think I bought the pan at a local kitchen shop if you can't find one in France let me know I'll send you one... the boating has been at the beach...the best ever summer

John and JT said...

Sounds Yummy: The Yaymacs

so simple said...

Thanks Yaymacs
Must catch up soon!!!