Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pizza Two Ways, Take Two... and Malibu!

Yesterday I went with Jeffrey to a film shoot that he is Assistant Directing this week. People here know I like to cook so I was volunteered to do craft services that day (putting out snacks and drinks for the crew). We had to leave our place at 5:30 in order to be in Malibu by 7. Even though it was an early morning it was so fun to drive on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) while the sun was coming up. I want to do it again when we are not working. The Malibu location was at a really nice house that had a garden in the backyard. You could see the ocean from the garden, it was beautiful! I didn't bring my camera and I am so bummed that I didn't think to get my cellphone out. It turned out that they had enough Production Assistants that I was not needed and I left at about 10, but it was worth the trip just to get have a fun morning with Jeffrey and see him in action. I love seeing him when he is focused on a project, he has such passion and talent. All of the crew respect him and I feel so proud! I took this picture of the ocean with my cellphone as I was driving home. The other picture is of my handsome husband! Love him!

I made Pizza again tonight. This time I made homemade crust! I have tried making crust in the past and it always turned out tasteless and boring, but this time it was amazing! I am getting so much better at baking bread!!

Homemade Pizza Dough (this is enough for 4 pizzas, next time I will cut it in half for only Jeffrey and I. At least I will have tasty leftovers for lunch tomorrow.)

1 1/4 cups of warm water
2 packages dry yeast
1 Tb honey
3 Tb olive oil
3 cups of flour and a little more for kneading
2 tsp salt
Cornmeal (not pictured, I decided to add this later)

Attach a dough hook to your kitchen aid mixer. Combine water, yeast, oil, and honey in the mixer and mix on low speed until yeast is dissolved.

Sift 3 cups of flour into a separate bowl.

Add the salt and the flour to the mixer. Mix on medium low speed until it forms a soft ball.

Continue kneading the dough for 10 more minutes. You may need to add a little bit of flour to the bowl to keep it from sticking to the sides.

Flour a counter surface and knead dough with your hands about 20 more times.

Put dough into an oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 mins in a warm spot, I put in on the stove top while the oven is turned on.
(The K on this dish towel makes me smile...I waited a long time for that initial!)

While the dough is rising prepare your pizza toppings, see below.
After the dough finishes rising cut the ball of dough into quarters.

Form the 4 pieces into balls and put on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise for another 10 minutes.

Now comes the part I hate! Spread the cornmeal on the counter and form the dough into a crust. I don't have any tricks for this and mine are not pretty either so do not feel bad if yours are ugly. I think making it into a rectangle is easier than round. I like the texture that cornmeal gives the crust, but it should only be on the bottom of the crust.

Now add your toppings. Here is what I did!

White Pizza
1 cup grated Fontina Cheese
1/2 cup grated Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
2 oz crumbled Goat Cheese
Garlic Oil

Garlic Oil
1/4 cup Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
3 springs of fresh thyme (this isn't essential but I had it for a recipe I am making later in the week)

In a skillet cook the ingredients on a low simmer for about 5 minutes, do not let the garlic burn.

Grate the cheese and mix them in a bowl.
Brush oil 2 of the crusts.

Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly on the crust.

Drizzle the remaining oil over the top of the pizza.

Cook for about 12 minutes in a 500 degree oven.

Margarita Pizza
Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Basil
Roma Tomatoes

Slice tomatoes thin. Slice mozzarella into thin sheets.
Squeeze the tomatoes between 2 paper towels lightly to drain out some of the juice.

Put the tomatoes on the crust.

With your kitchen scissors cut the basil over the tomatoes.

Put the mozzarella on top of the basil.

Drizzle olive oil over the pizza.

Cook for about 10 minutes in a 500 degree oven.

UPDATE I made the pizza dough again the other day and used a rolling pin to stretch out the dough. It made it look nicers and was definatly easier!

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