29 October 2008

Daring Bakers: Basic Pizza Dough

OOPS! Okay...I'm late...profuse apologies. I thought this month's DB post was due on Thursday 30 Oct...not Wednesday 29 October...and technically, it still is the 29th...

Oh well...that's what happens when you're off in all directions.

As you've probably noticed, many home pizzarias magically popped up this week, thanks to the late, great Shar of What Did You Eat? and the very wonderful Rosa of Rosa Yummy Yums. They decided to challenge us to make pizza dough by hand, and in the fashion of true pizzaiolos.

I have a favourite pizza dough recipe, courtesy of (the once divine, but now demoted since her last cookbook) Delia Smith, but every once in a while go in search of another. When in those moods I whole heartedly approach the new recipe...only to quickly morph into my comfort zone.

Yes, I followed the DB recipe...okay, I halved it, and used my handy pan, but still it was followed. Much to my surprise it worked...even the special flippy pokey tossy method. It didn't fall to the floor and it didn't end up on the ceiling...okay...no worries about that, I am 5'1". Instead of making three pizzas, I decided to make two largish ones...heck...it was eDay...and well, you know what I think of eDays (and yes, I'll probably treat the US election in a similar fashion).

The dough was thinnish and tasty and held the far-too-many toppings I loaded onto it. I'll probably come back to it and play with it some more.

And my toppings? Well...I went for pickable--as in bits I can pick off the top as I'm transfixed to the results ticker, and then wolf down the bready bit during lulls. Salami, onions, black olives, garlic, jalepenos, cheese and tomato sauce. If I had anchovies, they'd be added as well...

From this:



To this:



And here's how:








cheers!
jasmine








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13 comments:

Jude said...

Love how the pizzas turned out. With me, there was always the possibility of hitting the ceiling not because I'm 7 feet tall, but because I live in a shoebox.

linda said...

Delicious looking pizza! So is this recipe going to replace Delia's?

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Jasmine, sincere thanks for the inspiration. Our own general election is on Sat the 8th of November. I'll cut mine into thin strips to nibble on. I do have anchovies!

Some of the most brilliantly satirical tv happens here on our election night.

Care and huggles to you and your cats

MeetaK said...

perfect pizza! i love the final results. although i too have my own pizza dough recipe i was raring to try this one out. it was more delicate than the one i make.

Natashya said...

Mmmm pizza. You are still on time sweetie! Just under the bell.
Your pizza looks hearty and satisfying and delicious. I love the toppings. :) The best part? Cold pizza for breakie.

Dana McCauley said...

I like the zesty looking toppings you chose! Glad to see you participated this month. When I popped in yesterday I worried when I didn't see your post - you're usually so dedicated to the DB!

Happy Halloween!

creampuff said...

I find pizza recipes to be like pancake recipes, there's always another one on the horizon worth trying! Lovely pizzas!

Deborah said...

Now that looks like great pizza!!

lisa from dandysugar said...

Your pizza looks delicious! I always enjoy popping over to see what you have going..

glamah16 said...

Excellent choices in toppings and outcome.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Jasmine your topping photos are so beautiful and fun. The pizza looks delish!

Jenny said...

Very nice. Except the olives. But then, I don't like olives. :-)

Andrea said...

Your pizza turned out well, I like the toppings you chose. And congrats on doing the toss!