So on the weekend, two weeks before I step out onto a beach in a bikini I decided I would play a game of ‘I went to the shop and I bought’. You know the game. Where you say ‘I went to the shop and I bought a banana’ then next person says ‘I went to the shop and I bought a banana and a melon.’ This continues forever until someone misses and item and looses. It’s normally a car game and I normally loose. However this time I decided the game would just include me and it would be called ‘On The Weekend I Ate’. Do you see where this is going?
At the weekend I ate, a handful of peanut M&Ms, I ate a Sausage and Egg McBagel and a McHashbrown (everything from McDonalds starts with Mc, right? I ate/drank a green smoothie, I ate a five guys burger and chips, I ate a bag of tropical skittles, I ate a bag of pick your own Jelly Beans, I ate a bag of salty and sweet popcorn and I ate another handful of peanut M&Ms, then I ate a pizza. I ate some toast, I ate 3 servings of a roast dinner and I ate peach crumble.
Yup. In the space of 24 hours I won at life and at my own game.
The pizza, was unplanned. Like a happy accident. I had left over dough in the fridge. Leftover sauce on the hob and I may have pre-empted my accident by buying some mozzarella.
If you look anywhere in the world of blogging you will be hard pressed to find anyone not have mentioned Jim Lahey’s No knead Pizza Dough. He has a book, all about bread, which doesn’t need kneading.. awesome right?
The pizza dough takes some planning. But that is all it takes. Effort is not required. You mix flour, water, salt and yeast and you cover it. That is your work for 18 hours. Then you take out your flour, throw some into your worktop. Tip out your dough, split it into 4, make each quater round ball shape and that’s it.
The idea of cooking it in a frying pan means the effort stays minimal and means you can have homemade pizza any night of the week, and Pizza is a great way to use up all the rubbish in your fridge and claim it as a special tea.
- 500g (3 ¾ cups) All Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1/8 teaspoon dry active yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 quarter pizza dough
- 60ml – 90ml (¼ – ½ cup) tomato sauce – this could be homemade if you've got some or just a jar of your favourite pizza sauce, or just pasata
- 1 ball mozzarella
- 100g (½ cup) grated melty stringy cheese – I used Edam
- ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
- A grinding of black pepper
- A good grating of Parmesan
- Teaspoon olive oil
- Few Basil Leaves
- Mix flour, salt and yeast, and add the water. Mix until combined.
- Cover with cling film and leave for 18 hours.
- Flour a surface really well. If you think you've floured it well. Flour it some more. The dough is sticky. Toss the dough about so it's well floured. Split into four equal pieces. They weigh about 200g should you be anal enough to weigh it. I was. I don't even know who I am.
- Fold the top corner to the centre of each quarter, then the other corner to the centre then each bottom corner to the middle. Turn the dough, seamside down and shape into a roundish ball. Do this each quarter. Wrap in oiled clingflim. You can keep it in the fridge for three days or freeze it.
- When your ready to eat, allow your dough to come to room temperature if you've kept in the fridge and turn your grill onto high. Flour a surface again, and shape into a roundish shape about 10 inches big. You can use or hands, or a rolling pin.
- Heat a frying pan until hot. Real hot. Drizzle in some olive oil, and wipe it around the pan. Carefully put your dough in your pan and leave for 5 minutes, the dough will bubble. Add your sauce, cheese, chilli, pepper and basil. After about 5 minutes, put your frying pan under the grill –how long you leave it there depends on how hot your grill runs. I left mine under for about 8 minutes.
- Remove and leave for 3 minutes to cool slightly – cut and eat.