Wednesday, February 9, 2011

First Impressions Count

And I have impressed myself no-end I'll have you know. 

This weekend hubby and I set out to try and copy my sister-in-law and my brother's fantastic recipe for homemade pizza on the weber. The results have me still wagging my tail four days later.

Perfect Pizza Topping: Basic tomato mozzarella base with 
Spanish chorizo, fresh rocket, avo, a parmesan-like cheese and pepper...yum.


Makes about 5 large pizza’s

1 x 10g instant dry yeast sachet
10ml salt
45ml olive oil
45ml honey or sugar
350ml lukewarm water
500g (890ml) cake flour

1. Mix yeast, salt, oil and honey or sugar together.
2. Slowly add flour and mix with a wooden spoon until a kneading dough is formed.
3. Knead for 10min on a flour-covered surface.
4. Let the dough rise for about 30min (in a warm spot)
5. Knead and roll into a circular base.

Do it my way – throw everything together in a mixer and continue from step 4.

Tomato base:
2 x 250g tins of plumb tomatoes
absolutely masses of garlic (and I do mean at least 5-6 cloves)
salt & pepper
Throw into a blender until smooth

Get your weber fired-up. Hint: your coals should be spread evenly.

We made these on the weber with a pizza pan from Woolies. For toppings start with your basic ‘Margerita’ add anything you can ‘cook’ to that and your fresh ingredients afterwards. I used the fabulous Col’Cacchio’s menu for inspiration.

Not bad for a first try...


tjou-tjou said...

oo, aarde ons gaan dit moet uit-try in my pizza oond. jy weet wat my spoeg nou aan my doen!

Freshly Found said...

Very inspiring. I think I must tell DH about this. The Weber is his department and the limit of his cooking contribution, so he may be able to expand his repertoire!

Heloise said...

I hope the experiment is successful - it really does make for easy entertaining and the boys get to play with fire :)