The other night we tried out a new pizza recipe from Good Eat’s guru, Alton Brown.
I really liked that the dough is made the night before and allowed to set-up in the fridge – this way, when I’m in a hurry to make dinner the next night, I can quickly take out the dough, stick the pizza stone in the oven, and quickly whip up some homemade pizza.
Overall, I was pretty happy with how the pizzas turned out (one recipe makes two medium pizzas) –
2 chief issues – my husband didn’t love the texture of the dough, and Alton called for flour on the pizza peel – I went against my instinct and trusted him on this.Â Big mistake. Â Using flour made the dough stick to the peel horribly, and, as you can see from the wonky shape of the pizzas, it was a real pain to slide the pizza off onto the 500F stone without destroying the pizza and losing all the toppings.Â Always ALWAYS use cornmeal on the pizza peel, and you won’t have dough stick to it.
The kids had simply mozarella, parmesan and ham on their pizza, and we added red peppers on ours.Â I’m looking forward to having enough basil from the garden soon to add that, and in retrospect, I should have added some kale as well, which crisps up nicely on a pizza.Â But, I used what I had on hand and was in a hurry.
We are hoping to build an outdoor wood-fired bread and pizza oven this summer (not sure yet if it’ll be cob or brick), so that we can continue to bake in the heat (if it ever arrives), and would like to start our own version of Barbara Kingsolver’s tradition of homemade pizza on Fridays – using whatever fresh ingredients the garden or market provide.
Eventually, we hope that the bread/pizza oven would be a place to foster community in Parkrose – folks in our neighborhood could gather and bake bread once a week (just like an article I read in Sunset magazine about the Cully neighborhood’s bread oven).Â I’d let people know that I’m going to fire up the oven every Friday at a certain time, and anyone who wants to bake can come with their dough and we can have tea and chit-chat while it bakes.
In the meantime, we’re still in search of the perfect pizza dough recipe – if you have a favorite, please share it with me!Â Thanks!
Anyway,Â best get out to the yard for a bit while the sun shines!