Saturday, January 29, 2011

Simple Pizza, Organic of course

I was browsing on the internet yesterday, looking at winery websites in California, and found a simple recipe for an Onion Tart, which is basically a French Pizza.

The recipe was a bit dodgy, but I managed to make 2 pizzas, one of them looked like this

The yeast starter culture, placed in a pyrex jug on the concrete balcony, only took 5 minutes to kick off..
Anyway, the basic recipe is very very easy, so easy that you will have it made in the same time it takes to order from your local takeaway fast food hut!

Yeast starter

1 packet dried yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon whole flour, unbleached
whisk together, and sit in a warm spot and let it foam for half an hour

Pizza/tart dough

2 cups of whole flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
little warm water, enough to make the dough come together and not stick to your fingers
extra olive oil, about 1 tbsp

mix together in a bowl until it comes together, pour extra olive oil in bowl and turn the dough in to cover with oil
place in a warm spot, covered with a clean tea towel
let rise until double the size (about 3/4 an hour)
punch down, and roll out thinly onto a baking tray

top with your pizza topping and bake for 10-15 minutes, top shelf of a regular oven with the oven cranked up full belt

enjoy with glass of wine and company

French Style Topping: Makes a sweet onion base topped with salty anchovy, delicious warm with light rosé wine

2 onions, sliced very finely
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
pinch salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 or 6 anchovy fillets or salt-cured olives
1/4 cup parmesan finely grated parmesan cheese (or grated french cheese!)

Sweat the onions in olive oil over low heat for half an hour, should caramelise slowly with a bit of salt
throw in your thyme and garlic
scatter over pizza base, top with anchovies or olives, parmesan cheese

Pumpkin, Goat Cheese, Thyme
Potato, Rosemary, Garlic slices
Olive, cheese, dried tomato
Hint cook your pumpkin or potato first

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