Sunday, August 27, 2006

Domino's, sort of

So, Domino's pizza has started offering brownies along with their pizzas. It must have slipped into my subconscious, because I had to make brownies for dessert.

mixed greens with oranges and walnuts
I love the combination of oranges and tomatoes in my salad; add in a few nuts and it's got the right mix of sweet, tart and crunchy.
[mixed greens, oranges, tomatoes, walnuts, vinaigrette (olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper]

sausage, spinach, and caramelized onion pizza
I find it very therapeutic to make my own pizza dough. This particular recipe came out fantastically crispy, with just enough chew in the crust. Since I've got so many homegrown tomatoes from my mom's garden, I thought it'd be nicer to use them fresh sliced, rather than making a sauce out of them. The base is a garlic, pepper oil.
[pizza dough (flour, water, yeast, salt), garlic oil, mozzarella cheese, italian sausage, spinach, onions, oil, salt, pepper, basil]

pizza dough
- 1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing stretched dough
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- cornmeal for dusting peel

1. Measure 1/2 cup warm (90°F) water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Sprinkle in yeast and let stand until yeast gets all foamy, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup cool tap water and aoil to yeast mixture.

2. Pulse all dry ingredients in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Holding back about 1 tablespoon, pour liquid ingredients over flour; pulse to form a rough ball. If dough does not readily form a ball, add the remaining liquid and continue to pulse until ball forms. Continue to process utnil dough is smooth and satiny.

2a. If you don't have a food processor, this can all be done by hand. It just takes longer. Use a very large bowl and a wooden spoon and mix until everything starts to come together. Once it's a fairly cohesive ball, move it to a lightly floured work surface and knead vigorously until the dough is smooth and satiny.

3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand for a few seconds to form a smooth, round ball. Put dough into a medium-large bowl coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature to double the size, about 2 hours.

4. Lift dough out of bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface. Cut the dough into halves, quarters or eighths, depending on the size of the pizza you want. Stretch the dough to the desired thickness.

I prebaked the dough for about 5 minutes, yanked it out and flung the toppings on and then put it back in to cook until the cheese was sufficiently goopy. Oven temperature was set at 450°F. On lazier days, I've been known to top the dough first and bake it all at one go for 10-15 min. I make smallish pizzas, roughly 8 inches in diameter.

Pizza dough recipe based on a recipe fromThe Perfect Recipe, by Pam Anderson.

I love brownies. These are just the combination of cakey and fudgy.
[chocolate, butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, salt]


Anonymous chih said...

Did you know that I worked on the Fudgems commercials for Dominos? While working on them, I grumbled the entire time and would complain to grace about how stupid the job was. But look, it seeped into your subconscious! Advertising works!

29/8/06 21:44  
Blogger mommaduck said...

mmm.... found the link to your site via grace's blog. must remember to read your blog only when on lunch break... while i'm already eating.

can i get the complete pizza dough recipe? need instructions : )

6/9/06 11:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you share the pizza dough recipe? it looks yummy and there's nothing like good crust.

blue plate

20/9/06 14:27  
Blogger s. said...

chih, advertising works, but notice that I did NOT go buy a domino's pizza.

mommaduck and blue plate, recipe is now posted.

20/9/06 23:50  

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