Friday, 13 January 2012
Over the last couple of weeks I have 'instinctively' made a shepherds pie, roast dinner, chicken curry, pizza, bolognese and chilli without referring to a recipe book. I have just looked up cooking temperatures and timings.
Pizza is getting to be a bit of a speciality. I just put a quantity of bread flour into a bowl with a packet of dried yeast that has been added to a cup of warm water. I add a splash of olive oil to the flour and then mix together and knead for about 5 minutes. I put the dough into a greased bowl, cover and leave for about half an hour or until ready to use. Meanwhile I prepare the toppings. I like to pre-cook some of my toppings such as the onions and sweet peppers which I fry in a little olive oil.
Spread the dough out onto one or two greased baking sheets by pressing down and out with your fingers. Add a can of chopped (drained) tomatoes on to the base. Tear up some mozzarella cheese or cheese of your choice and sprinkle over the tomato. Add any other toppings that you like. Bake in a hot oven at about 220 degrees C for about 20 minutes. You will smell the pizza when it is ready!
Have a lovely weekend. I am off to experiment some more!