Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pizza!

Music: Rooney: Calling the World**

Today's smoothie: baby spinach, banana, fresh pineapple, bit o'avocado
















Last Saturday night, I made some homemade polenta while Jim made some of his tomato sauce for homemade pizza. He used the basic pizza recipe from Jim Lahey's My Bread. We smothered it in shallots, green and Kalamata olives, marinated artichokes, & roasted peppers. I call it Antipasto Pizza. Yum!

The pizza dough recipe makes enough for 2 pizzas, so we froze the other half for another time.

3 3/4 C bread flour (Jim used a mix of whole wheat pastry flour)
2 1/2 tsp instant or other active dry yeast
3/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp plus pinch sugar
1 1/3 C room temperature (72 degrees F) water
olive oil for pans

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, yeast, salt & sugar. Add water and using a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until blended, at least 30 seconds. The dough is a bit stiffer than others in the book, which are stickier. Cover the bowl & let sit at room temperature until dough is more than doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

Oil baking sheets and scrape half of the dough onto one baking sheet. Gently pull & stretch dough across pan surface and use your hands to press evenly to the edges. If dough is sticky, lightly dust with flour or coat your hands in some oil. Add toppings then bake between 400-500 degrees, depending on the intensity of your oven. Ours is perfect at 450 degrees and baked for between 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

**I'm always bringing home new music and then Jim promptly wants it for his iPod. This group was yet another suggestion from Stephenie Meyer's web site and I fell in love with Rooney's seventies rock style. Even the album cover looks like it could have come out in 1978! I think their lyrics are funny ( "You need somebody nice/someone with patience/And a big fat wallet/to pay for all your expenses whoa/No compliment will ever/make a dent in your eyes") and their music just sounds happy.

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