I had one great cooking success over the weekend and one horrible failure. The success was a pizza Lori and I cooked on Friday night. It was fantastic, here’s the stuff
- 300-350g strong flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 pt tepid water
It has to be strong flour, I’ve made this with plain flour but it’s much better with strong flour.
It’s easy to make too. Add the yeast and sugar to the water and leave to stand. The amount of yeast seems to depend on your yeast product. I use a particular brand of dried yeast, which means that I only use 1/2 tsp in the water. I’ve read some recipies that use 2 tsp! I figured that if you add the yeast and the water smells too yeasty, add more water.
Then, on a clean surface make a little mound from the flour. Make a hole in the middle and add a little of the water. Use your fingers to stir the water until the flour mixes with it. Keep adding water untill all the flour is mixed in any you have a tacky (but not sloppy) dough. Kneed this dough for a few minutes and then allow to stand.
To make the sauce: Throw four chopped tomatoes, some chopped garlic and about half a chopped onion into a saucepan with some olive oil. Throw in some chilli if you want some lift. We did and it rocks Simmer that pot untill it reduces to a pasty substance.
Make a disc from the pizza dough by pushing down on the centre and pushing it outwared with your fingers. Put on a pizza tray and spread our tomato paste over it. We put fresh spinach (not the stuff in the tin), onion, cheddar cheese and a little olive oil on top, however you can put whatever topping you want.