A couple of years ago my daughter and I journeyed to the country on a mission to pick up an Anduze garden urn from Frances Pilley in Beechworth. We stayed nearby with friends and were treated to some very fine home cooked pizzas. Our host utilised an appliance called ‘The Pizza Maker’ to cook his pizzas and they were damned fine.
Naturally I had to have one, and in a few short weeks I did. So for a couple of months after that it was pizzas every Friday night. Thats probably backed off now to about once a month. Tonight was one of those nights. Generally I use a pizza dough from one of Karen Martini’s books but tonight I reverted to a basic recipe of just flour, salt, water and yeast from La Pizza – The true story from Naples.
It worked really well. I must confess though that rather than kneading by hand I used the dough hook on my Kitchenaid.
First up was a pizza inspired by L’uccellino in Yarraville. The topping is char grilled zucchini, fior de latte, chilli and mint. I think L’uccellino uses a tomato based base. We use red capsicum pesto mixed with olive oil – it adds an element of sweetness. We love this combo.
Next was a classic Margherita from La Pizza. This is simple, basically tomato and fior de latte. I butchered this a bit in the cooking process but it tasted good.
Third cab off the rank was one of the kids favourites – Smoked chicken, pesto and fior de latte.
Had to cook another one as the tribe was still a bit hungry – always have some dough in reserve. This was simply red pesto base, prosciutto and fior de latte. The kids like this one.
After a tiring week, pizza and a few reds is always nice. I’m off tomorrow for a boy’s weekend. I hope to come back with a few fish to cook next week!