For the Love of Pizza

I love to cook and of course adore to eat. One of my favorite foods is Pizza. I once spent a gluttonous 30 days eating my Pizza way through the Mediterranean. I’ve had pizza in Rome, the famed Pizza in Naples and a surprisingly fabulous pizza in Dubrovnik. Though the journey was tantalizing, I must admit that I gained so much weight on that venture that when I returned home to the States my father said to me “You look great but I’ve never seen you with a pot-belly.” Thanks Dad.

So now I reserve pizza for special occasions. I’ve spent the last year on a weight-loss kick and am now happily and healthily down 30 pounds (almost 14 kilos!). Thanks Weight Watchers.

Last night we had my boyfriend’s daughters over for pizza. I made the dough in the afternoon and let it sit then using a pizza stone in the oven, cooked it to delicious perfection.

The recipe is incredibly easy. I really suggest using a pizza stone for the best results.

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (235 mil)

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups (410 mil) flour, plus more for kneading

Place the yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add warm water and sugar and let sit for about 10 minutes. The mixture should become frothy.

Add olive oil and salt and mix. Gradually add in the flour about a cup at a time stirring to incorporate. Once the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, take out and turn onto a floured surface, adding more flour as necessary. Knead 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough into a large oiled bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let sit in a warm place until risen and doubled in size, about 1 hour.

When you are ready to make pizza, place the stone into the oven and turn on to the highest setting- about 450-500 degrees F or 250 C.  Let heat about 15 minutes while you make your pizzas.

I’ve found that making smaller pizzas with less sauce and not a ton of toppings work best when using the stone. Top with your favorite ingredients and then slowly slide onto the stone. Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Pizza Love in the Netherlands

Pizza Love in the Netherlands