Friday, 19 December 2008

My favourite pizza base

...that isn't really a pizza but a pie base, although I use it for "pizza".


500g flour (Italian wheat flour, "tipo 00" is best)
1 sachet of dried yeast
1 teaspoon sugar (cane sugar)
100g butter
2 eggs
180ml lukewarm water
1 teaspoon salt (Himalaya or sea salt)

Sieve the flour into a bowl and mix it with the dried yeast and sugar. Add butter, eggs, salt and water, start bringing in the flour-yeast-sugar-mix with a fork, finish working the rest of the flour-mix in with your hands and knead until you have a smooth dough.

Cover the bowl with a damp cloth, and leave to rise in a warm place for at least 15 minutes. Knead again, then spread the dough on a baking sheet covered with baking paper, or divide the dough up into three to four portions if you want to use a pie tin (about 9.5 inches ∅). Place the toppings of your choice on the dough, and cook for 25 to 30 minutes at 220∘C/ 430∘F.

Topping suggestions:

1. Tomatoes, red pepper, corn, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, tuna, olives, garlic, and cheese

2. Tomatoes, red pepper, spinach, salmon, lemon or garlic pepper, and cheese

As far as they are available, I use organic ingredients. It's healthier for you and the environment, and it tastes better!

A slice of the spinach-salmon-variant, cooked in a pie tin.


David said...

Ha, well done! I shall certainly try it out. Perhaps after Christmas... Making sicilian beef stew tomorrow and lihapullet the day after... (party food)

Marian said...

I had to google the lihapullat meat balls, to find out they were actually meat balls, Finnish meat balls. Sounds delicious, both the stew and the Finnish meat balls. I'm a fish- and (once a year-) duck-eating vegetarian (it isn't really X-mas without at least a little piece of duck - and in spite of the name, I'm not brought up in a Jewish tradition). But I found out, there's some sort of vegetable based replacement for minced meat available. Sounds awful, I know. But it's actually not that bad.
Have a great party! :D

Mark p.s.2 said...

Marian I gave you a blog award.

Marian said...

Thanks Mark! I'll have a closer look and do something about it "tomorrow" (it already is tomorrow here in DK, 4 in the morning, but I haven't been to bed yet and am about to fall asleep right in front of the screen).

susan said...

Marian, that looks great! I am hungry looking at it.

I wanted to wish you and your critters a very happy holiday.

-Susan and cat Holly.

P.S. Congrats on the A HOY!

Marian said...

Thanks Susan. Happy Holidays to you and Holly too!