Pizza Time

Well, we did it, we made our own pizza, crust and all and I’d have to say it was a HUGE success, experience and product both!

Pizza Dough (recipe adapted from Epicurious)

1/2 ounce dry active yeast

1/2 cup warm water (102-105 degrees, basically warmer than your body)

2 tablespoons flour

whisk above ingredients until creamy and foamy and set aside for ten minutes

in another bowl combine

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons sea salt

make a well in the center and slowly add yeast mixture to flour, stir and continue to add more flour until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Remove from bowl and knead on floured surface, continuing to add flour as sticky areas surface. Knead until smooth and soft, about ten minutes. Set aside for just over an hour in a warm, draft-free area.

While the dough was rising, we pre-heated the oven to 425*.

Next came the fun part, rolling out the dough, tossing it into the air and putting on the toppings.

Tossing the dough

We topped the dough lightly with a store-bought marinara sauce (I know, I cut some corners here, but this was a huge time-saver), then placed slices of mozzarella all around and topped it with a bit of basil.  We used the fresh mozzarella that’s found in stores in cartons with water.  This proved to be quite delicious and the taste was noticeably different.  Tallinn picked a bunch of basil from our garden and went to town decorating our pizza so a few of us got quite a bit of basil, which was quite refreshing and scrumptuous.

Daniela, who is from Austria, says our pizza was pretty authentic Italian pizza and I’m going to trust her expert opinion as she’s a bit closer to Italy and must know authentic Italian pizza when she sees/tastes one.

Italy, it has been a dream to be back, an absolute dream, from the amazing variety of foods to the fun art and language.  There were certainly more activities I would have liked to have done (mosaic making, letter art…) so we WILL be back and have things already to do, and of course we’ll just keep eating your wonderful food.  But for now we must say “Ciao” and “Grazie”, we LOVED our trip!

I forgot to post this earlier, but this week’s verse was

To all in Rome who are loved by God

and called to be saints:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father

and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:7

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