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Pizza, a story in pictures

Simple Pizza Dough – Two Servings

  • 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.

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My second lesson at Mama Florence

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).