Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Leek,rocafort,walnut and pear pizza and Focaccia Bread

First things first..The base..for a good base you need good flour...I used white organic stoneground flour.

8oog white organic flour
400ml warm water
2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons dry active yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
100ml olive oil

Mix a cupful of the flour,the yeast and sugar together in a big bowl.Stir in the warm water and leave for a few minutes.
Add in the rest of the flour,the salt and the olive oil.Mix well and start to knead the dough in the bowl or on a table.
Ten minutes of kneading should do it.(no knead to knead...v important)
Brush the inside of the bowl with olive oil,put the dough in and cover with a plastic bag.
turn on the oven 180c for one minute, then turn off ,and pop the covered bowl inside.leave for 30 minutes or so until it doubles in size.Remove from the oven and punch the dough in the middle to knock it back.(***** for focaccias see below)
Divide in three pieces,roll out as thinly as possible, or not ;depending on how you like your pizza,(remember it should double in sizeagain).
Place on greased baking trays and cover with large plastic bags.Do the oven trick again:turn on for one minute,turn off and pop the
trays in.Leave for another 30 minutes.Take out trays.Then heat oven to 200c.

Meanwhile prepare the topping:
homemade tomato sauce(see entry Jan27 2009)
sauted leeks
crumbled rocafort cheese
pears sliced thinly

Place a wee bit of the tomato sauce on top of pizzas and prebake for 5 to 10 minutes.
Take out of oven.(I let 2 cool down and then froze them for another day).Then pile on
the sauted leeks,walnuts,rocafort and pear slices and bake for 10 minutes or so...depending
on the thickness of pizza.
enjoy with a few drops of chilli oil and black pepper if you so wish...

If you want to make focaccias...its basically the same recipe (see brackets above)
After beating the dough down add some chopped fresh rosemary.divide in two pieces and roll
out a lot thicker..Place on greased trays..Brush top with oil..Place sliced onions and tomatoes on top.
Do the oven trick:turn on 180c for one minute.Turn off.Place the focaccias covered with a large plastic bag in the warm oven for 30 minutes to double in size.Take out.heat oven to 180c and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

This is really a bread recipe .For those who think its hard, try it,its not...making bread is easy..good flour..knead well..start off with easy recipes...try it I dare ya!

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