When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!
I’m a huge fan of old, romantic numbers. And like I’ve said before, I have very strong feelings about 21st century music.
That said, if I did offend some of you previously, here’s something to make up for it…
I’ve given up on plenty of junk food; french fries, chips, candy bars, you name it. But on wet and gloomy days, when you only want to snuggle up in the warm couch and watch tv, it’s definitely ‘junk-food day’. Granted, what you really need is a home-made pizza pie. Once you make it, besides raving about it and patting yourself on the back, the only other thought you’d have is to never step into another pizzeria, ever again.
I have made countless pizzas before. Most recipes are just a waste of time. Not to mention, your money and resources. The dough usually ends up tough and chewy. You might think it’s just another costly device for little tots.
This recipe though, is brilliant. Kissed by just a touch of honey, it’s like a dream come true.
If Mr Perfect isn’t here yet to eat with you al fresco style, you can always stretch your imagination on the porch…coupled with a slice of this remarkable pizza, a little of That’s Amore!, and the dimpled moon.
…and, who knows what might come next? ;)
P.s: special thanks to mum for the mario batali pan!
Best Pizza Dough
based on a recipe by Kayotic Kitchen
makes two 9 inched pizzas
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt (2 tsp also works well)
Combine the yeast, honey, and warm water. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, then mix in your salt.
Add the oil, and flour (in batches). Let the machine run until a supple dough is formed. The dough may still be wet. In any case of it looking like batter, just add more flour till it’s just about in shape.
Now, you either knead it with the dough hook or your hands, for a few minutes.
Oil a large bowl and place the dough in it. Oil the surface of the dough as well. Cover your dough with cling wrap or a shower cap. Place it in a warm, draft-free place. Let it rise for 2 hours.
Once risen, punch the dough down, and turn it onto a floured board.
There are 2 ways to stretch the dough:
- Use a floured rolling pin, or
- Make sure there’s flour on both sides of the dough and then only use more flour if the dough starts sticking to your hands. Use the sides of your hands to create the border, push it down in the center and use your hand or finger tips to gently stretch the dough while turning it around. (for picture tutorials, click the above Kayotic Kitchen link)
Put in your favorite toppings. I did mine with homemade pizza sauce, italian salami, brown mushrooms, and basil.
Bake your pizza in a preheated oven at 250C/500F for about 15 minutes.
And there you have it, a pizza to put all the pizza chains to shame.
Update 2nd April 2011: If you find that your pizza may get a little soggy, try baking your crust first.