Since I moved to London, I had more time to cook. I have collected a few recipes and I decided to share them with you.
Jamie Oliver has been and still is my go to guy for most of my recipes. I really enjoyed his show on TV when I was younger. Since then he is my inspiration. I grew up in Romania and some chefs on TV were really cold in their approach to food. I did not like it at all, very boring. Jamie taught me to love the ingredients, love what I cook and do it with passion.
Today, I will be introducing you my lovely pizza recipe.
There will be days when you will be craving a pizza and think: I should go order one! Stop that thought! It might be easier to order but don’t. The best is to make your own pizza dough, freeze it and prepare it when you crave for pizza. You can use any toppings you have left in the fridge and it far better than the one you buy in a hurry.
Last year I went to Napoli, where you find the most authentic Italian pizza. After seeing the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” I wanted so badly to go where Julia Roberts had her pizza. Da Michele pizzeria, was my goal. As you probably know, Italians love their holidays as much as the French do, and the restaurant closed in August. I was very disappointed. Luckily we found a place next door which was very friendly and delicious. The pizza in Napoli is very good. I loved the taste so much that I wanted to reproduce the same thing at home.
It was not easy to do since I do not have a stone oven. I did not give up. After several tries, I managed to bake a pretty good pizza that works in a conventional oven.
Before you order, give this recipe a go. You will love it!
This recipe makes 4-6 pizzas. The ingredients are:
- 500 gr. strong white bread flour or Italian Tipo “00” flour
- 325 ml. lukewarm water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 7 gr. dry yeast
- Artichokes in olive oil
- Red onion
- More cheese: pecorino cheese or grated mozzarella
- or any toppings you have in your fridge. be creative.
- 500 ml. tomato sauce
- Herbes de provence
- 2 garlic cloves
If you don’t have a mixer, sieve the flour and salt into a clean surface and make a well in the middle. In a jug, mix the yeast, sugar and the water. Leave a few minutes and pour it in the well.
Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands. Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.
Place the ball of dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about an hour or more until the dough has doubled in size.
If you have a mixer with a dough hook just put everything in and mix it all up. After you have mixed it all up, form it into 4 or 5 small balls and put it in a tray to rise.
I recommend to let it rise for 4 hours or more. If you are busy you could make it in the morning and then leave it to rise until you are ready to use it. In the meantime you can do your chores or go to work. The more it rises, the better it is.
While you are preparing the ingredients and the tomato sauce, pre-heat the oven at 250 degrees C.
The tomato sauce is very easy to make. Just add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and the minced garlic in a saucepan. Stir and then add the tomato sauce. Add herbes de provence and stir. Let it boil on very low for 2-3 minutes.
When the sauce is ready and you have your toppings, start rolling out the pizza. This recipe yields 4-5 pizza’s of about 25 cm. Don’t worry about the shape of your pizza. Just use a rolling-pin and your hands. Try to make a round shape and put it in your oiled pizza tray.
Add your toppings starting with the tomato sauce, continuing with the mozzarella and after you have added the rest of your ingredients top up with pecorino cheese or grated mozzarella. The cheese on top will help the ingredients from falling.
By now the oven is very hot. Set your timer and put the pizza in for 10 min. After 10 minutes your pizza is ready. Enjoy!
Let me know in the comments bellow, how it worked and if you liked it.