Delicious Homemade Italian Pizza made with Pizza Steel

It’s Tuesday and I’m already thinking about the weekend.. Last weekend we tried out our new pizza baking steel! Earlier we owned a pizza baking stone. It worked well, but after a few uses it cracked in the middle of the baking process! This time we went for a baking steel. 8 kilos of steel should last for a few years.

The dough in our Kitchen Aid

Recipe:

  • 400 g pizza 00 flour (For example this one)
  • 2 1/2 dl room temperature water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 15 g of regular yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon suger
  • 2 tbl spoons olive oil

Put all the dry ingredients (with exception of the salt) into a mixing bowl. Add water and olive oil and mix well for a good 5 minutes, until you have a smooth dough. Add the salt and mix for an additional 2-3 minutes. Let the dough rest under a tea towel or lid for an hour or so. In the mean time, you can start up your oven to heat the baking steel properly. 🙂 Bake the pizzas at maximum heat (240°c in my oven).

Tomatoes ready for baking!

I am really fond of tomatoes, not just in the sauce but also as a topping. Before starting on the dough, I usually bake some cherry tomatoes in olive oil and sea salt. You can use any herbs you like with them! Bake on low heat (125°c) for 60 minutes, and use as a topping. This really brings out the taste!

Once the dough has doubled in size, fold it over a couple of times, before cutting it up into portion sizes. You can make 3 larger pizzas – or like me, make portion pizzas. This dough can make about 8 smaller pizzas, which fit 4 at a time on my baking steel. This way the kids can choose their own topping. Great fun!

The toppings

Have everything ready to throw on as you start assembling your pizza. Once you pop the first few in the oven, they are done in a few minutes! Here is our choice of topping for this evening. 🙂

Sauce goes on first, then follow up with a cheese of your liking. We went for a fresh Mozzarella cheese this time, but you can also use a cheese with a stronger taste. Maybe a mix!

Other toppings we used were Serrano ham, olives and basil leaves. Your imagination is the limit. 😉

Our pizza steal is coated with a non stick surface, which rendered our stainless steel pizza paddle useless. We don’t want any scratches! Buy a wooden paddle if you end up getting this type of pizza steel. 🙂

Keep an eye on your pizzas as they bake, this part goes quickly. 3-5 minutes depending on the heat in your oven.

Top it of with sour cream and garlic sauce or even better – drizzle over the olive oil from your oven baked cherry tomatoes. 🙂 Serve with a fresh side of salad. Muy bien!

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Delicious homemade Churros

This weekend we celebrated a birthday at our home. The birthday girl had her heart set on churros, after pining for them since last vacation in Spain. Nothing else to do but find out how to make them home made style! 🙂 They are easy to make, and very tasty if I do say so myself! Even the birthday girl gave them a thumbs up!

You will need around 2l of cooking oil for frying. We used sunflower-oil.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2.5 dl of water
  • 110 grams margarine
  • 125 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs

Ingredients for the sprinkle mixture:

  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pour the oil into your deep-fryer, or a large pot. The oil should be 3-4 cm deep.Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and margarine to a rolling boil. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the boiling mixture. Reduce heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Carefully squeeze out about 10 cm long strips of dough directly into the hot oil. Cut with a knife when you reach your preferred length. Having a third hand available here can help. 😉

Fry 3 or 4 strips at once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from hot oil to drain on paper towels.

Put the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and stir together. Roll the churros in the mixture while still hot.

Style them up for the table. We used paper boxes from Søstrene Grene, but they look great wrapped in brown paper with a bowl of chocolate saus on the side for dipping.

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