Pizza Party Redux Part 1Posted: October 2, 2011
We`re gonna have a Pizza Party Tonight! Alright!
Well first we have to make some dough. The last Pizza Party had dough made, but it`s Saturday and dough needs to be made. The husband asked earlier today if we should start the dough. But the apt was not cleaned yet band gym not gone to. So we waited. As an aside, my friend Delphine just gave me some obnoxiously neoned pink/orange Nike dryfit tanks yesterday and I tried one out today and it rocks. I never buy fancy gym clothes and while I will never be hit by a car crossing in this thang, it is super comfy and sweatproof.
Then it was time to make the dough. I use Jamie Oliver`s recipe. It works well and seriously, just make your own dough. It totes angers me when I see recipes to buy dough. It doesn`t take long to make it and you are left with dough for 8 pizzas. It is better in the end and leaves you with dough for more Pizza Parties!!!!!
What I used:
A Kitchen Scale
1KG flour. I use approx 800 grams of typo 00 and 200 grams of semolina. Seriously, just get the imported and don`t bother with AP flour. The right stuff is cheap enough and they will deliver it to you if you are too lazy to go to the store or can`t find it. I am the former. Market Hall is my friend.
1 real tablespoon Sea Salt
14 Grams yeast, if you don`t buy the big ol bag like me, 2 packets is the same.
1 real tablespoon sugar
4 real tablespoons good quality Olive Oil
650 ML warm tap water
What I did:
Get out your kitchen scale cuz we are getting metric on this shizz. Place a bowl on the scale and tare it so you can measure right. weigh out your flours and add to a big mixing bowl. Add the salt and mix up with your clean hand or a fork.
In another bowl measure out the water and add everything else, yeast, sugar, oil. Mix with a fork or whisk or whatever to combine. Let sit for a few min.
If you have 2 people, one be the liquid pourer and the other be the mixer. If not, do it all yourself. We are 2 people and I am the mixer. Mixer, stick a clean hand in the bowl and ask the pourer to sloooowly pour the yeasty liquid over your hand and into the bowl. Make sure the liquid goes over your hand so it stick to the mixer`s hand less.
Mixer: mix it all up til it becomes a dough. Is it too sticky, then add some more flour by the hand full with your clean hand. I did this. No worries if you have to add more flour. You want it to be a dough. Turn it out onto a work surface when it is doughlike. Add some flour to the surface and use your mixing hand to knead the dough around until it is a good ball. Use your clean hand to assist with a plastic bench/dough scraper. Just buy one. They are $2.95. The metal ones are pricier, but a PLASTIC IS GOOD ENOUGH.
Add more flour as needed until it is an elastic doughball. You may not bake, but surely you know what a dough looks like.
Put the dough in a bowl (I use a Pyrex measuring bowl, but use what you got) and if you have a proof setting on your oven, set that, if not just turn your oven to 200 and turn it off when you are ready to put it in. So cover the bowl of dough with a damp towel and stick it in the warm area, i.e. oven, for an hour. It will double in size.
Hour`s up. Flour your work surface and turn out the dough on it. Punch out the air with your dough scraper and hand for a few minutes.
You can literally punch the dough if you want.
Divide the dough into eight equal pieces and clingwrap what you will not be using and freeze it for later.
In our case we clingwrap 6 of them or enough for 3 hungry people Pizza Parties!
Take the dough you are going to use and make your pizza. (see next part, Heirloom Tomato Pizza).
Once pizza is made, Plate it