Cooking with Love
Friday, November 6, 2009
A very Expensive Pizza...or How my Kitchenaid Died..:-(
A Happy Recipe with a Sad Ending....
My Kids Love Pizza. Their friends love pizza. The neighbors love pizza. My family loves pizza. Hey, even I crave pizza on many occasions. Every saturday I make enough pizza dough and keep it in the fridge. This way whenever uninvited teenagers (well - I NEVER invite them) drop over after school I just take it out and in 30 minutes its pretty ready to go into the oven. Everyone is happy and nobody, God forbids, leaves my territory hungry. Happy? Yep. Happy.
A few weeks ago I found a recipe that called for 30 minutes of kneading. Sounded intresting. Big mistake. Huge mistake. After 10 minutes I hear my belove Kitchenaid breathing its last breaths. I thought of mouth to mouth (not a good idea if you don't want to get electrified), I thought of CPR...don't know how. I even thought of 911...But by the time I had thought of all my options...it cranked crackled and popped. RIP my beloved Red Kitchenaid. You were so faithful for the past 10 tears.
A minute of silence....
So....the recipe (exept the stupid 30 minutes kneading, why, oh why does wisdom come late) is a very good recipe for those that like a thin crust pizza. Here - as long as it is pizza - nobiody really cares if the crust is thin, thick or in the middle). Use the recipe wisely and DO NOT knead 30 minutes. 10 minutes is sufficient!
1 pound flour ( I used bread flour)
1 1/4 cups tap water
1 TBS. yeast
2 TBS Olive oil
1 tsp. salt
Mix together and knead 10 minutes. If using a bread machine - I guess 30 minutes is just fine.
Cover with damp towel and let rise (about an hour).
Knead again and divide into 3-4 balls.
Put each ball in a large ziplock bag and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours. The dough can hold up till 5 days.
Before using let the dough come to room temp.
Heat oven to high and roll out the dough. This time I rolled out mine into a rectangle. I swear - it tastes the same as when it is round ;-)
I used my homeade pizza sauce:
2 Tbs. tomato paste
1 small tomato
1-2 garlic cloves
3 TBS. Olice oil
Salt, Pepper and oregano
A dash of sugar
Put all ingredients in a food processor and process.
Cover with cheese and whatecer toppings your heart desires (or in my case - whatever was on hand).
Bake for 15 minutes.