Who does not like pizza? I think we all love it.
Pizza is one of those things that we just crave sometimes. It is not just bread, cheese and tomato, it is something more. When all these igredients blend together,they make the this delicious taste and it smells just amazing.
I love going out for pizza, but it is even cooler to make it at home.
I think it is more special because you can use whatever you want and do it exactley as you want, and with ingredients that are high above pizzeria quality standards, if you wish. It is so simple.
What is the story abut pizza?
The word pizza was firs used in Italy (dooh:p). I've heard a lot of stories about how the pizza was invented, but I especcially love this one – someone told me that pizza has been made for the first time, when, (of course a long time ago), a very poor and hungry man asked at the local inn if they have any food left to give him. The owner put some tomato souce, ham and cheese (basically leftovers) on a piece of bread or dough and baked it. This was alegedly the moment when pizza was made for the first time.
So, as I mentioned already, I love to do it at home, put on whatever I like and I think it is a nice snack to have in front of the TV, watching sports if you are that kind of a person or if it is that time of the year, or just over a good movie.
Here is the way I make it:
For the dough you will need:
- 0.5 kg sharp flour
- 0.2 dcl cold water (or more if needed)
- 12 g yeast
- olive oil
- Put the flour in a large bowl and make a hole in the midle.
- Put yeast into a glass of water (some 2dcl) and stir well, untill the yeast is completely dissolved.
- Put the yeast solution into the flour and add some olive oil (I add about 4 table spoons, but more is better) and some salt.
- Mix it all together, then knead it well.
- Leave the dough to rise, when it incerases twice its original size, I like to knead it again, and leave it 15 minutes more.
Now is time to »flatten the dough« (i don't really know ho to tell it in English) and put the garnishes to your choice.
I love to put on some tomato souce with fresh basil and pepper in it, roasted turkey breast and mozzarella cheese.
To avoid fattening or oiling up the baking sheet, sprinkle some semolina on it and it will prevent the dough from sticking during the baking;) Put it in the oven (preheat it to max) and bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes.
Isn't it simple?
Serve it with a beer of your choice – YES, beer is coming into fashion for girls, too. I would usually choose Kastel Rouge (beware: a strong one!).
If you're not into alcoholic beverages, ice tea will also be great.