Saturday, January 31

pizza recipe for Amy

Awesome Mama Amy T Sharp sent me this sweet message last night:

Can I have yr dough and sauce recipe? I want to make za this weekend and know yrs is the bomb!!!!! pretty please?
Of course doll, here you go:

1. Dump 2 packages of active dry yeast in a large bowl, add 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 1/2 cups of hot-ish water (the yeast package says 38 degrees celcius), I just let the water run until it's hot to the touch, but not scalding hot.

2. Give this mixture a quick mix with a wooden spoon, then set aside for 15-20 minutes

3. Once your kitchen reeks of yeast and the yeast looks all fluffy, like a dirty cloud, add 3 cups flour (I use pre sifted/unbleached) + salt to taste (I add about 3 tsp) + 2-3 tablespoons oil. I first mix it all up with a large wooden spoon, once it's almost ball like I rub my hands in some flour and start kneading the dough (about 5 minutes). If it's too sticky, just add some more flour as needed. Once it's a nice ish ball, yes, you'll feel some happy pride 'I made this'!, then cover your dough with a clean cloth, and set aside in a warm/quiet place, I normally put it in the oven. Then I leave it for about an hour, during which time I make the sauce.

4. Here is the exact way I made the sauce yesterday. In a large pot pour a generous amount of olive oil (2-4 tablespoons), chop 1 red onion, 1 white onion and 1 small shallot. Fry over medium heat, until all of it looks translucent, then add 4 large cloves of garlic (roughish chop/roughish mince), cook for a minute or two, then add a can of crushed tomatoes (796ml/28fl oz), plus salt to taste, plus about 2 tablespoons sugar. Simmer on low for 10-15 mins.

5. Now get toppings ready: Last night we went through a whole block, 300g, Monterey Jack which I hand grated; I ripped apart a whole small bottle of artichoke hearts; plus hand pitted about 1/3 cup black olives.

6. We only made 2 large pizzas (cheese only for kids, dressed for mama & papa), but this double dough mixture will easily yield 4 mediumish pizzas. So once you decide how to divide your dough, find a clean working surface and spread flour all over it. Then place your first ball of dough, roll it out with your rolling pin, making sure to flip it over a couple of times to get air bubbles out, then spread some oil all over your baking pan and dust it with flour or corn meal.

7. Add generous sauce + toppings + cheese. Bake in a pre heated 420 degree oven for 17-20 minutes, or until the cheese is on the verge of bubbling/browning.

8. Devour with your favourite beverages.

PS If you don't want to use all the dough at once, place the extra in a zip lock bag, make sure to press out all the air, and leave in the fridge for up to two days.


Poppy and Mei said...

Now I'm REALLY REALLY hungry!
Yum! XXxx

tara said...

Hi Canada. I miss Canada.
Anyway, I am totally going to try your dough recipe. My mister does not eat onions (can you imagine!!) or I would try the sauce too.

Lori said...

ah, that looks so good!! :^D) i haven't made homemade pizza in forever!