Monday, September 27, 2010
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I mentioned in an earlier post how I blended my two favorite pizza dough recipes in hopes of developing a dough for pizza in the home oven and on the grill, for focaccia bread, and that will hopefully work when I get the brick oven built. So far it has worked better than any other recipes I‘ve tried.
Tom’s Pizza/Focaccia Dough
5 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (25.35 oz.)
3 TB olive oil
2 and 1/4 tsp instant yeast
2 and 3/4 tsp salt
1 TB sugar
2 and 1/4 cups of water
Mix the ingredients using a stand mixer, food processor or by hand, and pour into a six quart plastic container. Put the lid on top and leave it out for a couple of hours. I’ve mistakenly left it on the counter all night with no harm. It’s easier to work with after it has been refrigerated for a couple of hours, but I’ve also made pizza from it after that first two hour rise. I usually try to make it a couple of days ahead, keep it refrigerated for a week or so, and pull out the dough as I need it about two or three hours before baking.
TIPS: I've found a huge difference in weighing the flour vs. scooping. Also, find a piece of granite, an old kiln shelf, a clay walkway stone, or a baking stone for the best results.
If you need more info on how to make and bake it, just google homemade pizza, or enter the same in my site’s search engine above. After you’ve made your own at home, everything else pales in comparison.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
School is back in full swing, and for me that means awaking to an alarming noise at 6am, Mon-Fri. I've never been a morning person, preferring to awaken at a more civilized hour, like 9 or 10. Nevertheless, parenting is the most important task I've ever been given, and one I thoroughly enjoy, just a little more so in the summer, on weekends and school holidays :-)
In other news -- Brenda drove up from the coast and spent last weekend with me. We grilled three pies Saturday night, and had a coupla friends over. We made a few batches of soft cheeses, mozz and ricotta, and were pretty pleased with our results. I'll have to admit she is far more tenacious than I!
Ron slid in on Tuesday for an opening at the Randolph Arts Guild, where he and a few of his buds were exhibiting. We ran into MH while there, spent a little time hob-nobbing, and returned home to grill pizza :-) Hmmhhhh, I think there's a recurring theme when folks visit, huh? Nah, I don't wait for visitors to be honest.
The next three pics are from the exhibit............
And lastly.........well pardners, there's a new chicken wrangler on the ranch.