Pizza…Doh

Posted on May 27, 2010

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Thanks go to Lauren from Coffee Muffins blog who chose May’s Fresh From The Oven Challenge.

It’s a Pizza Napoletana recipe from Peter Reinhart’s ‘The Bread Baker’s Apprentice’.

You need to plan ahead a little for this one as you make the dough the day before you need it.

Now I am not usually sure what I am going to want from one moment to the next, let alone 2 day ahead.

I just ate a spoonful of unbaked granola mix and a chunk of roast pork that I found in the fridge for lunch.

It may surprise you that that wasn’t planned.

Here is the result which, although photographed badly, tasted really good.

All started well. I made the dough on Day 1, stirring together the wet dough mix. It’s an unusual recipe as you use ice cold water then put the dough in the fridge. This goes against my instincts of thinking that the yeast needs warmth to grow.

Things went a bit wrong on Day 2.

Already in a flap as I was running late, I had a ‘mare with my plastic bags of dough. It stuck inside completely, even though I had oiled them. Perhaps my dough was too wet but I had to scrape it out. Then I made a hash of trying to make a pizza shaped base.

There was some sort of panic due to holes in the dough and I think I did some dropping on the floor things and shouting a bit.

The moral of this story is don’t aim to finish a bread baking challenge then fit in a pre-tea dash to Ikea. I came back tired, hungry and in a bad mood and my head wasn’t in the right place for baking and photographing.

I shall recreate this recipe soon when I am better mentally adjusted.

Or have had a glass of wine.

Preferably both.

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