October 29, 2008

Pizzaiolos - We Knead To Bake, Then We Toss The Dough: Daring Baker Challenge October 2008


This month’s Daring Baker Challenge is dedicated to Sher of What Did You Eat? She, Glenna of A Fridge Full Of Food and Rosa of Rosa’s Yummy Yums were to have hosted this month’s challenge but Sher passed away of a heart attack on the the 20th of July this year. And Glenna is no more a Daring Baker, for personal reasons.
So Rosa is hosting this challenge with Sher’s recipe idea and it’s a Pizza Party at the Daring Bakers. Welcome one and all.




This month’s recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and the pizza dough requires an overnight rest in the fridge. We had to stick to the recipe and method for the dough but had freedom to get creative with the sauces and toppings while keeping to the theme of “less is more” and not going overboard with the toppings!
And we had to toss the pizza in true pizzaiolo style!!




The complete recipe for the challenge can be printed here.


My Pizza Making Experience:


I make pizza on and off but had never tried a dough which needed an overnight rest in the fridge. And I have never, ever tossed dough before! But more on that soon.



Making the dough was fine. I halved the recipe to make three 9” pizzas. I just followed the instructions and that was all there was to it. I used my hands to knead the dough because I find pulling off the bread dough from the electric mixer hooks a messy job.

The dough had its mandatory overnight snooze in the fridge. Given the unusually high temperatures here in the past 2 weeks, that ball of dough had a more comfortable night than we did!

We were to have a pizza dinner, so I took out the dough 2 hours earlier, as instructed, and this is where the fun began. I divided the dough into three, pressed out each into a little circle and now had to toss the dough into a pizza.

I had visions of dough sticking to the ceiling, or maybe landing on the floor or even ending up somewhere in between. While this month’s challenge would have entertained us immensely I had a dreadful feeling we would have to go to bed without dinner. Luckily, while we had a good laugh with my daughter doing her best to capture my not so graceful pizza tosses, we didn’t have to go without dinner. But I was just too tired to eat.




By the way, can you see a ghost in my kitchen window? No we don’t live in a haunted apartment. That’s just the pizza dough flying past!!


The Sauce and the Toppings:


I didn’t get very adventurous this time. I just used my home-made Marinara Sauce which I make in large quantities and freeze in small single use portions.




Two pizzas were topped with spring onions, capsicum (green bell peppers), shredded cabbage, sweet corn and paneer (an Indian soft cheese), some mozzarella and dried Italian herbs.




My husband wanted onions, apple, mozzarella and the herbs. So that’s what he got.



Verdict:

The pizzas were good. My husband’s choice of apple and onion was very good with a nice mix of sweet, salty and tangy.

I didn’t find this pizza base all that much better than my usual pizza recipe. I know a lot of fellow DBs thought the texture of this pizza was excellent. It could have been that all that tossing, tearing and getting the dough back into some resemblance of a pizza took its toll on the dough.

I know that I definitely won’t be tossing pizza dough again as I don’t nurse any secret ambitions in this direction.
My daughter and I did enjoy giving tossing dough a try and I couldn’t ask for more than another “savoury” challenge.

The other Daring Bakers have been busy and inventive with sauces and toppings and there are quite a few sweet pizzas out there too. So that’s where you ought to be heading for, until its time for another DB challenge.

43 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

So I am going to see pizza recipes for a few more days in daring bakers blogs around..Nice pic of you tossing the dough around.

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely Aparna,feeling hungry and wanna grab ur slice.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely Aparna,Pass it over,I love to be a DB,but I feel so stressed at the thought of it -especially throwing piza dough -wow,I wish I were there seeing u doing that :D But I have heard that u do that to incorporate as much air into the dough ? can you specify why it is thrown if it is no trouble ie?

jayasree said...

I would like to try the apple combo. It sounds interesting. Pizza dough in the air pic is nice.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yumm yummmmm.. looks mouthwatering Aparna.

Ruth said...

The apple and onion combo sounds delicious and I love your pizza ghost photo!

Marye said...

I did savory apple too, but a bit different. Nice job!
marye
bakingdelights.com

Jayashree said...

I would have been scared of the dough sticking to the ceiling, too.....The pizza has turned out really well.

Priya said...

Wow pizza turned out awesome...love that pizza ghost pic...u did a great job Aparna..

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your pizzas look really scrumptious! Great job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Arundathi said...

good job with the tossing! or should i say great job with capturing it on the camera! :-) loved the apple idea.

zorra said...

Your post make me laughing!

Great pizze! Well done.

Passionate About Baking said...

Great toss up Aparna...& BOO to the ghost/pizza. Nice toppings & great looking crust. Lookslike your daughter is all set to be a DB too!!

Usha said...

Enjoyed your post..the idea of using apple as one of the toppings on pizza is intriguing...

Ivy said...

What gorgeous looking pizzas! Really tempting! You did a great job here!

Rosie said...

Your pizzas looks absolutely delicious Aparna!! Well done!

Rosie x

Nangil Girl said...

Hi Aparna, your pizzas look great!! I so wanted to add apple and pineapple to mine. Ofcourse it was vetoed off by DH and DS :)). So, it was all meat and veggies in mine. I loved the crust. DS loved it.

sra said...

Loved the ghost most of all! And apple on pizza caught my eye - I've heard of a sandwich with green apple in it!

Ben said...

Apple and onion sounds very interesting. Great job!

Srividya said...

Your pizza looks so delicious. Tossing pizzas....you are one adventurous cook :)

karuna said...

lovely pizzas, i still have to post mine. great work

Big Boys Oven said...

wow those pizza a sure winner, just look at them, so beautifully done!

Elra said...

Hi Aparna,
Your pizza sounds really delicious, and the topping is really unique. Using paneer and corn. Delicious!

TBC said...

Your daughter did a nice job of capturing the toss. :) I've never had an apple topping on a pizza but it does sound good.
But you did all that and did not want to eat it??

Purnima said...

Aparna, wonderful! Loved the ghost n its tossing too! :) Akshaya is good at photos too! :)

Rachel said...

Great job with the topings and the pizza....

Sia said...

gorgeous pizza aparna... and that spinning pic left me with spinning head :)

Miss Ifi said...

I am salivating over here for that apple,onion and mozzarella pizza yuuum!!!
*giggles* ghostly dough!! Congratulations on your challenge ^_^

Bharti said...

Pizzas everywhere! I think I' going to have to eat it tomorrow for dinner!
It looks lovely Aparna, never seen apple on pizza before.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Those are yummy Aparna. Apples in pizza sounds new to me.

Debyi said...

Great job on your pizzas. I never would have thought of apples & onions on a pizza.

Shirley said...

Your daughter sounds like such a good kitchen assistant! Nice work.

Aparna said...

Thanks for appreciation. We certainly had fun with this challenge and a good dinner too. :)

CL,
I’m not too sure, but I believe tossing helps to give you a uniformly thin and stretched dough which would bake into a crisp thin crust pizza. But you have to toss the dough correctly or you end up with impressive tears like I did.
It is more important to knead your dough well, to incorporate air, and allow the gluten to develop well.
Even without the tossing, you would have a pretty good pizza.

Ivonne said...

That is one very cool pizza toss shot! Nice job!

farida said...

Great looking pizza! And I like that ghost in your kitchen:))

Glenna said...

Love the idea of the apple and onion pizza. I'll have to try that one. Love the tossing dough pic too. Great job!

Asha said...

Flying Pizza is cool! :D

Looks great Aparna. Still haven't started cooking or baking yet.

Thanks for peeking in "there", replied! :))

Have a great Sunday.

Sig said...

I love watching people tossing the dough to make wonderful pizza bases... it is so artistic, and something I am sure I can never do! If you managed to not drop it , then you did a great job I'd say! :)

Vij said...

Gr8 job! lovely pizza...yummmmmmy!

This is my first time here.U have a lovely space.

PJ said...

Hi Aparna,yumm pizza that is!I have an award for u in my blog.chkout-http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-second-award-and-few-words.html.

Mandira said...

the pizza looks fab!

Vera said...

Aparna, the pizzas look yummy! I agree, the pizza can be successful shaped without tossing. But your story is funny :)

Dazy said...

I like pizza with chilled beer. This recipe would keep me busy in the kitchen again. Planning to have this in the weekend.