Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Semolina Pizza

Finding the perfect pizza crust recipe is a bit like finding the perfect bra, don't you think? It's a lifetime quest for something that most of us never do find, but continue to search for nonetheless. In the spirit of keeping the hope alive, I offer you this little song. I hope it brings you comfort.

Somewhere, out there, beneath the pale moon light.....
Someone's dough is perfect and there's a bra that won't fit tight.

Somewhere, out there, someone's saying a prayer,
That'll you'll find one another, perfect pizza and underwear.

And even though I know how very far apart they are
It helps to think they'd fit inside Victoria's Secret bra,

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we'll find that single perfect pizza pie!!!

(Had enough yet?) Me too.

The other noteworthy thing about pizza is that since we all have varying opinions on what is pizza perfection, it's difficult to label this one as perfect. If you're from the deep-dish or cracker crust camps, you won't care for this, but if you like a crispy yet chewy crust with the faint crunch of semolina, you're going to find this recipe perfect too.

Semolina pizza dough (adapted from CookingBread)

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup semolina
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp instant yeast
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cups ice water (40 degrees)

Whisk together the flours, salt, basil and yeast. Add the olive oil and ice water and stir vigorously to combine. Knead by hand for 8-10 minutes or by machine for 6-8 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Divide the dough into six equal portions. I used my scales to do this. Place each ball of dough on the baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Cover the dough balls with plastic wrap and place baking sheet in the fridge overnight and for up to three days. If you're not planning on using the dough within that length of time, spray six baggies well with cooking spray and place each dough ball into baggie. Now place all of those baggies into a gallon freezer baggie and freeze until needed. When you're ready to make the pizza, place the dough in the fridge over night to thaw and then proceed to the directions below.

Remove dough ball from fridge two hours before you're planning to make the pizza. Spray a little cooking spray on the countertop and place dough ball on counter. Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover dough ball.

About a half hour before baking pizza, place baking stone in oven and preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Spray some cooking spray on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place the dough ball onto the prepared parchment paper, flatten it a bit, then using your fingers and starting from the middle of the dough ball, spread the dough into a 7-8 inch circle. If it fights you, just let it rest for a few minutes and then try again.

Place pizza crust, parchment and all, onto pizza stone and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings. Return to oven and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a fabulously happy 2010. Live well, eat well, and be prepared for this blog to lighten up on calories. It's time to slim down folks. Stay safe and know I love you.


Moogie said...

A cold rain is falling in Georgia and I sure would love a slice or two of that pizza. Also I need several glasses of beer.

Mags said...

Moogie: I love you. Happy New Year to you and Pap!

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Oh! I love semolina pizza. I definitely need to give this one a try! It looks fabulous! Happy New Year!

Barbara Bakes said...

Looks like a fabulous pizza! Can you add something to the song about bra straps sliding off your shoulders! Happy New Year!

Frieda said...

You are hilarious! I have never thought of a semolina crust pizza...definitely will have to give this a try! Happy New Year!

Linda said...

You are too funny! Thanks for the little song!

And the pizza looks yumm-O! One or two slices before the new year?!

Happy New Year!


June said...

Love the song and the great looking pizza! Happy new year to you too!

Dyan said...

Love the song! How true about the bras..who can even find a 46AA? Life in a sports bra I guess! Hope you have a Great New Year ahead...I will be searching your blog for some good and tasty low cals..Hugs

Karen said...

You're a poet! Love it and the pizza. Happy New Year!

Pam said...

Love those shots of that curled crispy pepperonni! Happy New Year!

A Year on the Grill said...

I've been following you for awhile, and really enjoy your blog... Wanted to start the year saying Hi, and please help me slim down... ;-)


Cindy said...

I too have been looking for the perfect pizza crust recipe and will definately be giving this a try. If by chance you would like another recipe for pizza crust, check out my recipe for pizza on my blog.
Thanks, Cindy

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Amazing! Love the picture of the slices with the strings of cheese.

HoneyB said...

I'm not super picky about my pizza crusts. I just don't like them too thick. Grumpy on the other hand is a deep dish kind of guy. I'm much easier to please ;o)

You pizza looks yummy and I love the green olives on top!

Mags said...

Thanks for all your comments, old friends and new friends alike. Best wishes for a fantastic 2010!

Bob said...

Nice poem Mags, lol, This semolina recipe looks very similar to one of Lynn's recipes. Nice looking pie, I love pizza with green olives too!!!

Mags said...

Bob!! Long time no see! Hope all is well, and thanks so much for commenting.