I haven’t really been in the form to cook in the last week. Given that we were out on Monday and Friday at Wimbledon, I didn’t really do much grocery shopping and we still had some vegetables in the crisper from the previous week.
I decided to make good use of the vegetables in a home-made pizza. I also had a jar of black olives which also went into the pizza.
- 225g strong bread flour
- 165ml water
- 10g yeast
- 17.5g caster sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 65g strong bread flour
- 25ml extra virgin olive oil
- 1 courgette, sliced into 1cm round slices
- 1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and cut into strips
- 1 handful of pitted black olives
- leftover gorgonzola cheese
- 1 tomato, sliced into rings
- 1 tsp dried italian seasoning
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and black pepper to taste
A) Pizza dough – Stage 1
- Place the flour in a bowl. Make a well in a middle and pour the yeast in, followed, by a bit of the water.
- Mix well, and add the rest of the water in
- Knead into a smooth dough
- Wrap in cling-film and leave to rise for 12 hours
- Place the dough in a floured surface and punch the air out of it
- Mix in the salt, sugar and oil, knead into a sticky dough before adding the flour
- Knead into a smooth dough and leave to rest for an hour
- Once rested, roll the flour out into a round shape (to fit your pizza stone or try) (about 1.5cm thick)
- Marinate the courgette and yellow pepper in olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper and italian seasoning for 10 minutes
- Arrange the courgette, yellow pepper, sliced tomatoes and olives on the rolled out pizza base
- Dot gorgonzola on top of ht vegetables
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top of the pizza, and season well with salt and pepper
- Bake in the oven at 200 degrees (gas mark 6) for 20 minutes
Hubby puts beauty ahead of most things, and lucky for him, his wife has a high IQ to complement her supposedly good looks. Naturally I wasn’t surprised when he asked why the pizza wasn’t round as it should be.
Shape aside, the pizza tasted fresh and the base was reasonably thin. We had our pizza slices with some chilli oil and balsamic vinegar, otherwise it was a bit bland for my taste-buds. I’ll definitely try other toppings like anchovies, rocket, mozzarella etc next time.