pizza night

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It was pizza night last night at Chez Pear Tree, and, while I’m definitely a proponent of ordering in, I occasionally feel inspired to bake my own.

The first few times I tried making my own pizza (with a purchased crust), I placed the pizza proudly on the table, glowingly revealing that I had made it myself. Every time I was asked, “did you make your own [insert one] crust/tomato sauce/pesto/cheese/grow your own vegetables?” Sorry, I’m not that capable ambitious. But I can make my own crust, now, which is something, I suppose. If that can help put any of the wind back in my sails.

Last night’s pizza was a little feta, spinach and zucchini number. And it was a gooder. It’s also incredibly easy. Here’s the recipe:

Pizza Dough

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Ingredients

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

3 teaspoons salt

1 ½ cups warm water

2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Directions

  1. Scoop flour into a medium-sized bowl, make a well in the centre and fill with yeast and salt. Mix water and oil and stir into flour, yeast and salt. Combine to make a sticky dough.
  2. Lightly flour work surface and knead dough for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic-y.
  3. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
  4. After dough has risen, knead for one minute to knock the air out.
  5. Divide into four balls. Flatten each by gently pulling, kneading or rolling with a rolling pin.
  6. Place pizza dough on baking sheets

 

Topping

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 large zucchini, sliced

¾ cup tomato-based pizza sauce

2 cups (or more, or less, according to taste) feta cheese, drained

salt and pepper

1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped

 

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Divide pizza sauce between the four pizza crusts, spreading nearly to edges. Place zucchini slices on top and sprinkle with feta and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes, or until cheese and crust start to become golden.
  5. Garnish with fresh, chopped spinach and serve.
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Before baking

 

Do you make your own pizza? I highly recommend it!

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Fresh, out of the oven

If you try this one, let me know how it goes…

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