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Pizza Pizza

2010/01/18 21:12:11

This evening for dinner since we had some left over veggies in the fridge I decided that it would be a good night to make pizza. I started with making the dough this afternoon after work, when starting any new project (not that pizza is new to me) I tend to got Alton Brown for recipes. They tend to be well researched and usually require little if any tuning. My pizza dough recipe is a derivative of this recipe from the Flat is Beautiful episode of Good Eats. The few modifications that I make are

  • I dissolve half the sugar and all the yeast in the water before adding to the mixer
  • I added about a half of a cup more flour as the dough tends to be too sticky
  • I add only 1.5 teaspoons of salt instead of 1 tablespoon

After mixing and kneading I also deviate from the recipe, I tend to want pizza now instead of tomorrow so the dough just rises on the counter for a couple hours before I use it.

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I then split the dough and round it out with some flour into a pizza shape and lay it out on the peel ready for topping.

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Todays pizza was going to be mixed veggies so I just cut them all up to relatively equal pieces and sauteed them quickly to free some of the moisture and pre-cook them a bit since the pizza bakes hot and fast.

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Then it’s a simple as laying out the toppings
Sauce first (less is more here one or two spoonfuls tops)

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Then the toppings (veggies in this case)

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Finally the cheese (I was being lazy today and just bought a package of pre-grated pizza cheese)

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While all this is happening I have my oven getting roaring hot (500˚F with the convection fan on) with my pizza stone on the rack

Pizza goes on to the stone,

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and bakes for 5-7 minutes once the cheese is melted and browned on the top and the crust is a nice golden brown it’s ready to go.

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Let the pizza rest for 3-5 minutes to let the cheese set up a bit and then slice and consume.

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One Response to “Pizza Pizza”

Jessica wrote a comment on 2010/01/18

This post made me really hungry!

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