All of this snow has forced me to stay in and find new ways to entertain myself. I recently spent the afternoon making pizza dough using Deborah Madison’s recipe. I admit, I used to be intimidated by pizza dough, but this recipe was actually pretty easy. Now I have plenty left over in the freezer for more pizzas in the future! I used up the rest of the buttercup squash to make a pizza with sage, red onion, and fontina cheese.
Pizza Dough from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (the best cookbook ever)
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 to 1 cup whole-wheat flour, to taste
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a mixing bowl, stir in the yeast, and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining water, olive oil, and salt, then beat in the whole wheat flour followed by enough white flour to form a shaggy dough. Turn it onto the counter and knead until smooth, adding more flour as needed to keep it from sticking.
Put the dough into an oiled bowl, turn it once to coat, then cover with a towel and set aside to rise until doubled in size, 40 to 60 minutes. Turn the dough onto the counter and divide into the number of pizzas you want. Shape each piece into a ball, set on a lightly floured counter, cover with a towel, and let rise for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Shaping the dough Taking one ball at a time, flatten it into a disk, pushing it outward with your palm. Working from the middle, push the dough out with your fingers until its about 1/4 inch think and fairly even, thickening slightly at the edge. Or roll the dough into a circle, then push up the sides to make a slight rim. Dust the peel or pan with semolina, fine cornmeal, or flour, set the dough on top, cover with a towel, and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before you add the toppings.
One thing that holds me back from blogging more frequently- I hate hate HATE editing my photos. I “get” that they are an integral part of a food blog, even when your photography skills are as minimal as mine. Also, my camera just isn’t very powerful. I’ve been wanting to share some anecdotes about the amazing trip to the West Coast that I took last month, but I’ve been too overwhelmed by the photography aspect. Does anyone have some tips to get over it? Should I get new software or something?