“Pizza makes me think that anything is possible…” —Henry Rollins
The next time that somebody asks me: “where did you have the best pizza that you have ever eaten?” I will no longer need to reminisce over all of the lakeside pizzerias consumed on my 2 week Italian adventure…
Because he best pizza that I have ever has officially been experienced…right here at home.
Can you believe that this marvellous looking pizza was born out of my own kitchen…My own! I am radiant with pride. From dust to dough; and from dough to delicious…this pizza is box free and dirt cheap! I currently have all of the flour stains on my shirt to prove that I really made it, too.
But what’s even more crazy, is that typical Tash completely forgot to buy both passata AND yeast -(which pretty much remain two of the most necessary pizza ingredients to date) – yet, this pizza still managed to rival a rich standard of total perfection?! Here, I will be giving you the recipe for the yeast version that I had originally intended to use, but I will also add the cheeky baking powder edition that actually saved me on this one…#Iloveitwhenamiraclecomestogether.
I was amazed for the rest of the entire evening. The house smelt like a culinary, Italian wonderland. And now, every time I open the fridge, there sits a (huge) intact pizza, staring back at me and crying out because it so badly wants to be today’s breakfast…
And although the kitchen later looked like it had been targeted by madmen with flour bombs – the sweet smell of Mediterranean herbs and vegetables basking in films of olive oil in the oven was becoming mouth wateringly heavenly…I can’t let my tornado-like way of baking ruin my future destiny with home-made pizzas. I cannot wait to do this all. Over. Again….very frequently for the rest of my life…
It also kind of killed me to take decent pictures. All I wanted to do was grab the pizza with 2 hands; pull apart the cheesy middle and to let the smooth, olive oiled tomatoes intensity every succulent bite of pepper and greens…but instead, I let the stomach rumbling reign as I snapped away in haste…I knew I would regret it if I didn’t…
“If I didn’t blog about it – it didn’t happen” – Tania.
But man, looking back, there sure was a lot of everything on here…
Furthermore, this pizza simply had to involve peaches in some way, shape, or form…I don’t really know why, but peaches are summery; and I love all of peaches, summer and pizza – so surely this couldn’t go wrong? I didn’t question the taste. I just knew that sliced peaches baked onto pizza dough would create exactly the flavours that I was vouching for – so I just rolled with it and embraced the craving, before throwing on some leafy green spinach to round everything out…
This was the best. Idea. Ever. Like, ever. You don’t actually know the true potential of ‘combination’ until you have done a YOLO on a custom designed pizza of your own…
I really didn’t think that this kind of delicious success would even be possible – never in my wildest dreams. In fact, I waited hesitantly for the thing to bake, whilst being 86.7% ready to finish off the last 2 slices of stale Hovis with some pre-cut slices of cheddar cheese for dinner instead – (I’ve had too many esteem crushing disasters with dough in the past….
When I first started out to make these, I still believed that only the world’s best cooks could make create something which so was visually appealing and truly yummy at the same time. I am a perfectionist – good food needs good pictures. My pizza was confidence was zero. I had no yeast or base, but I went for it anyway (I needed pizza!) – but the results were utterly superb:
This pizza makes me so proud. This pizza makes me feel like anything is possible –my new motto is: if in doubt…try it out.
Good things come from doing something new!
And hey, I also appear to be getting better at math…
(Pizza + peaches) + Sunshine = Happiness.
Let’s double the pride.
This is a new take on the 1+1 = 2 analogy – no calculator needed.
This was pizza was definitely the best-made decision of the week. I would marry it if I could.
But how years have passed – void of home-made pizza? The thought of this number makes me so sad; a figure I don’t want to regress on…
My mum always said that one should never eat out anything that could be made better at home…Restaurant pizza was my full-time, eat out hobby – I mean, Prezzo has been my favourite Italian restaurant for years… Eating pizza out was a treat –something which could truly not be made at home…a £10 pizza was a regular necessity…But this is no more. It would be pretty damn difficult for any restaurant to out-dothe freshly baked beauty that joined me for dinner this evening…
I am officially converted to team home-made pizza.
And on top of that; I feel like I have been semi born again….
Home-made pizza is definitely good for the soul, – and who could argue with the mountain load of veggies that you can cram so easily onto it?! There is one colourful vitamin fest happening right here:
(Makes 2 large pizzas, serves 4).
For the dough:
- 2 ½ C flour
- 1 C warm water (45* C)
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- ¾ Tbsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1-3/4 tbsp dry active yeast.
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast + brown sugar – leave to sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the salt, pepper + oil, and then the flour.
- Turn out the dough onto a well floured surface and knead it until it is no longer sticky.
- Put the dough into an oiled bowl + cover it – come back in an hour, after which it should have risen and doubled in size.
- Punch the dough to form 2 tight balls. Leave to sit for a minute before rolling out to make 2 crusts. Leave to stand for 10-20 minutes to rise before adding the toppings and baking in a pre-heated oven at 200C* for 20-25 minutes (see below).
(My actual dough was basically 2 ½ cups of flour mixed with 1C warm water and 3 tsp baking powder + the salt, pepper and oil) I kneaded it immediately and didn’t wait for it to rise – it came out pretty good! A little firmer than most crusts and quite dense, but nevertheless tasty and fresh! (I like dense bread). Next time though, I will 100% have yeast on hand and I will follow the recipe that I had meant to the first time. I still swear that this is the best pizza that I have ever eaten though…
For the topping:
- 1/2 medium Jar of pomodoro/bolognese pasta sauce – This may be cheating (big time) – but I had no passata, or chopped tomatoes (why did I decide to make a pizza, again?) But the sauce was incredible!! It created such a fruity and sweet flavour – it really thickened the topping…it was flavourful, sweet and rich…the flavour was already there. I prefer to use brands without any added sweeteners or preservatives. Mix in some extra tomato puree if you prefer to ‘naturalize’ the flavour a bit. I highly recommend this if you have no passata on hand; it truly adds another dimension of flavour to the pizza! – It’s a familiar taste used in a way that you haven’t really tried before, which turns out great!
- Extra sprinkles of basil, parsley, thyme, oregano and black/white pepper…
- Caramelized onions (roasted/sautéd ahead of time) + other toppings. Go crazy. Add anything and everything. I even added some artichokes that had been coated in olive oil and herbs…fabulous! Don’t forget your olives, extra tomatoes, spinach and peaches!
- Compulsory olive oil for drizzling.
- Kilo’s and kilo’s of mozzarella.
- Spread the sauce over the pizza base, you may/may not have some left over – but just use as much as you would like. (I like loads).
- Sprinkle on the herbs…
- Heap on the veg + meat as desired…
- Throw on the mozzarella. Make mountains.
- Drizzle on some extra olive oil and some dried chillis if you are into them (highly recommended).
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C* for 20-25 minutes. When the crust has turned golden and the veggies are caramelized, it is done.
- Admire the sight….
- Add extra olive oil and perhaps some balsamic (It’s all good for you!)
- Stand in awe.
- Look at the clock – it shouldn’t even be an hour from start to finish.
- Decide to never order pizza from out again.
This pizza = summer.
I am craving some more now (but luckily, my home alone self still has at least 2 days worth of leftovers in the fridge…)
London is currently heating up for another 28 degree day! Yippee! I am looking forward to reading some of my new fiction purchases in the garden later! (Courtesy of Amazon).
Is anyone else a fan of home-made pizza? Do you have any hints/tips for the crust? Or even some topping suggestions? I am still so new to this!
Or more importantly, I should ask: What is your favourite kind of pizza?
Have a great week, and don’t forget to make room for this pizza on at least one night (or three!) this week!