Monday, January 26, 2015

Rosie Makes Pizza.

The Hawthornes love a good pizza,
so I don't want to hear a collective internet groan,
"Eeeeeehhhhhh.  Rosie is doing pizza again."

Just stay with me.
I'll show you the how-to-do's.
Pizza ain't hard to do.

First you make the dough.
Pour 1/2 cup warm water in a medium bowl.
Sprinkle a package of yeast over the water
along with a teaspoon of sugar to wrestle the yeast down.
Let it proof, i.e. let the yeast prove it's alive.
It should get foamy and bubbly.
When the yeast has proofed,
fork in a 1/4 cup flour at a time until it's a shaggy dough.
In total, about a cup or so.
Work in about a teaspoon of kosher salt.

Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and work it.
Knead away!
Until you have a nice, elastic ball.
Place in an oiled bowl.
Cover and set aside to rise until doubled.

... I minced a couple of garlic gloves
and chopped up some peppers from the garden
along with an onion.

Sauté in a little butter.

Add a can of tomato sauce to the vegetables
 and let it cook over low heat.

Here's my trick for pepperonis.
Set the very thin slices on a paper towel and ...

 ...NUKE 'em.
30 seconds or so, depending.

Ta daaa.
Grease on towel not on pizza.

Next, I sautéed some shrooms.

About an hour or so later,
my dough has risen nicely.

I put cornmeal on my parchment paper.
Helps in sliding the dough off and onto my pizza stone.

Flatten the dough out, and work it,
starting at the middle and pushing out.
Let it rest.
Drink a glass of wine.
Come back and work it some more.
You don't need to rush this process.
Just push out and rest.
And drink.
I like to form a little lip around the outside.
And I like dimpled dough.
Let it rest and rise a bit.

Quick trip in a 450° oven for about 7 minutes
to brown the crust.

Grate assorted cheeses.
Cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan.

Have toppings ready.

Add extra sliced onion and peppers.

Top with cheese.

Give it a drizzling of olive oil.

450° oven until cheese is melted and browned.


You do know that I make the bestest pizza pie.
The crust was perfect!

You want a good pizza?
Come to Rosie's!


Marilyn said...

Do you deliver?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

You're a bit out of my range.