Monday, May 13, 2013

Rosie Makes A Mediterranean Pizza.

I want pizza today
and I'm in a Mediterranean mood.
And I want a very thin crisp crust.

Walk this way...

1/4 cup warm water
1 package yeast
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup King Arthur unbleached bread flour
2 TB extra virgin olive oil

Amounts may vary.

Pour yeast granules into warm water.

Sprinkle sugar over top.

Stir to dissolve
and wait for it to proof.
Wait for the mixture to bubble and get poufy.
The yeast has proven it's alive and hungry.

Sprinkle in the flour and a teaspoon of Kosher salt.

Fork the dough into a ball
and add in the olive oil.

Lightly flour your board.

Turn dough out onto board
and knead for about five minutes.
You really should set a timer.
Five minutes is longer than you think.

I like peppery bread.

Decided to put some basil love in my pizza.

Pretty swirls of basil.

Basil into the dough.

Knead and form into a ball.


I added a little more olive oil
to make it more pliable.

Knead again.

Then I rolled it out.
No rise.
I want a thin crust.

Let it rest for a while.
That's Good Neighbor Bobby
 sipping on his Canadian Mist and ginger ale.

I slid my dough off my pizza paddle
onto my pizza stone
which had been heating at 400° for one hour.

Poke the bubbles.

And flip.
Cook until lightly browned.

I slathered a thin layer of basil pesto on my pizza crust.
Yeah, I'm a picker.
I ate the top right.
And it was goooooood.

I'd sliced some shrooms
and sautéed them in butter.
Scatter onto pizza.
If you put raw shrooms on the pizza,
they will exude a lot of moisture.

You know how they have that brine bar
at the supermarkets now?

I had a pint of pickled mushrooms, garlic, artichoke hearts,
some roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella,
and a bunch of different olives.

I added some extra slices of fresh creamy mozzarella.
Grated some Parm over top.

 400° for 7 minutes.
That crust was a piece of work!



Mr. Hawthorne declared this, "Outstanding."
This, from someone who always wants traditional pizza.

And he wants it again, and again, and again.

Another successful repast!

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