Don’t you love smart phones? How they can do so many things for you at such a convenience, especially in the kitchen? I recently downloaded a free app by Jamie Oliver which gives you a “Taster Pack” of recipes and if you want more recipes you pay an additional $1.99 for a collection/bundle of recipes. But one of the free recipes is his “Home-made pizza with 3 toppings”. I made this the other day at home for dinner and was ridiculously good….. . I’m starting to think that making pizza might start becoming ritual in my kitchen.
Here is a glimpse into how the Jamie Oliver app looks likes, and what I really love about it is that not only it has a shopping list for your ingredients, but it tells you what kitchen equipment is needed in making this pizza.
I wasn’t able to find all the ingredients at my local Safeway, such as taleggio cheese but I was able to work with what I have.
Below is my adaptation on the recipe:
Jamie Oliver’s Home-Made 3 Topping Pizza
2 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 tsp of white sugar
1/2 of Bakipan fast rising yeast pack (1 pack = 8g)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
160 ml of warm water
1) Place water, olive oil, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Gently stir until combined and leave uncovered for a few minutes.
2) Put flour and salt in a big mixing bowl and stir to combine. Then make a well in the middle of the bowl, by this time your yeast water should have a frothy layer on top (if not then just leave it to the side for a couple more of minutes until it does froths up) and pour the yeast water into the well and use a fork to gently mix in the flour from the sides until everything comes together into a dough.
3) On a clean work surface, dust a little flour and take your dough mixture out and knead it, pounding it here and there for about 10 minutes until the texture smooth and springy.
4) Take your nicely rounded dough and place it back in the mixing bowl. Take a little bit of flour and dust it on the top of the dough, then place a clean damp cloth and place it over the bowl and leave the dough to rest for 1 hour until it doubles in size.
1 can 28 oz of dice tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
salt and pepper
1) Add some olive oil to sauce pan and turn your stove to a medium high heat. Once oil has heated then add your sliced garlic to the pot, stir until golden then add your can of dice tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper to season and let it simmer down until it’s thick, about 15 minutes.
1/2 zucchini, sliced thin in circular shape
1/4 cup black olives (chopped)
6 slices of salami
6 slices of Serrano ham or prosciutto
A bunch of basil leaves
1 red chile
1 small container of Fresh Mozzarella (bocconcini balls)
1) Your dough should have risen to be about double it’s initial size. Take the dough out and place on a clean work surface dusted with flour. Knead it for no longer then 30 seconds or 4-5 times and then get your rolling pin out (remember to dust it with flour) and roll your dough until it’s flat and wide enough to cover your baking sheet. I used a cookie sheet to make my pizza- but if you have an actual circular pan that’s even better. Make sure you fold and push the dough into the edges of the pan to make the crust.
2) Spread your tomato sauce over the dough but spread it about 1 inch away from the edge. Then take your mozzarella and tear it to smaller pieces and place it on 1/3 of your pizza then take your basil leaves (torn off from the stem) and place them over the mozzarella.
3) Take the salami and place it on the next 1/3 of your pizza as well as your chopped black olives and red chile.
4) On the last 1/3 of your pizza, place your 6 slices of Serrano ham or prosciutto, then your zucchini slices on top with some torn mozzarella. Take some olive oil and drizzle it over the whole pizza and shake some pepper over top.
5) Turn your oven on to it’s highest heat about 500′ c with your oven rack being in the middle of your oven. Place your pizza pan in there and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.