In the spirit of science, and because I’m stuck at home, I did another iteration of my pizza recipe. The crust turned out exactly how I love it – golden and crispy. It’s kind of like like Detroit-style pizza but with less cheese.
Now I’m pizza’d out for a while. What have you been cooking lately? Leave me a comment and give me some ideas on what I should try next.
Start by rubbing the pans with olive oil so you’ve got a place to put the dough when you’re done kneading it.
In a large bowl, measure out 1 cup of warm or room temperature water.
Add a large pinch of salt and mix until dissolved
Add in live yeast ~12oz
Slowly add in flour. The amount varies, but you’ll use 2-3 cups. Don’t measure it out in advance, just keep the container and a 1-cup scoop handy. Add in about a quarter cup at a time, making sure to get the liquid evenly distributed before adding more. You’re done when the dough is firm but sticky.
Divide the dough in half and knead to make the dough stiffen up. I don’t really know yet what the right amount of kneading is.
Roll each half of the dough into a ball, set it on your prepared pans, and cover. Let the dough rise for at least an hour.
When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 450 F.
Rub some olive oil on your hands.
Flatten out your ball of dough, starting at the center and working outward – pushing the bubbles into the outer crust.
Rub the outer crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder or maybe sesame seeds.
Top the middle of the pizza with whatever you want.
Bake for ~25min, rotating the pizzas somewhere in there.
Mom, for joining me and reminding me to relax on my vacation
Joni, Minnie, Jamie, and Nate, for helping me prepare
Simon and Marc, for their helpful insights
Fabio, for showing me around Firenze, expanding my Italian vocabulary, and for great advising about my blog
Valeria, for nerding out with me about Guglielmo Marconi
Sara, Michele, and everyone at Mama Florence for such a fun time and for teaching me so much
Breezy, Christina, Dale, and Melissa for commenting, so I knew someone was reading
Learning a new language
Now that my trip to Italy is complete and I’ve gotten a chance to use the Italian I learned, I want to try learning some Spanish.
My hiking buddy I are in the planning stages of a trip to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and maybe also South Korea.
Also on my list are Toronto (or somewhere else in Canada), Mexico (not sure where yet), and the UK. I’d also love to return to Italy to see Calabria (where my grandfather was from), Naples, and more of Tuscany.
This trip was the beginning of my blog, but I’m going to make it a habit (and I’ve still got a couple more Italy posts to write). What would you like to see me blog about? Please leave me a comment and let me know.
This place is so awesome! The instructors are great chefs and excellent teachers: they are engaging, fun, patient, and quite knowledgeable. In addition to teaching us how to make the food, they shared helpful information about technique and food science. (Anyone who knows me knows these are a few of my favorite things.) I was almost sad to leave at the end of the lesson.
It was also more fun this time because Mom was with me. After thousands of pizzas she’s made for me, I was finally able to return the favor.
Today we made pizza (with perfect crust!), tagliatelle with black kale and garlic pesto, eggless cavatelli with eggplant ragù, and (without any exaggeration) the BEST gelato I have ever tasted – orange and vanilla with berry sauce.
If you are ever in Florence, you absolutely must treat yourself to a class at Mama Florence!
Here are the finished products:
A couple of process photos:
Our class also included a tour of the Mercato Centrale, where our instructor taught us about the vegetables, fresh pasta, cheeses, and meats. She even gave us a cheese tasting (but I was too busy to take a photo of that).
Today I attended a cooking lesson at Mama Florence cooking school. It was amazing. We made pear and pecorino salad, spinach/ricotta ravioli, taglierini con limone, mashed pumpkin with thyme and caramelized goat cheese, and two kinds of biscotti for dessert. I also improved my knife skills and learned several re-usable cooking tricks. This place is absolutely great!
I didn’t take many photos, obviously because my hands were messy the whole time, but here are some: