Once again, the due date for this challenge crept up on me. I was waiting for Thursday, then I noticed Jen at Use Real Butter mentioned that she was going to post her Daring Bakers challenge in a few hours. It is not like I haven't been on the website reading and getting prepared or anything. I have been thinking about how to proceed, but the darn date came too fast! I am anything but a slacker too. I know how to prioritize, plan, delegate, prepare...I am a bonafide Mormon woman for Pete's sake! So rather than whine about what didn't happen on time, let me relate what did happen, when I had some time. But first let me say....
THIS IS THE BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER EATEN....EVER...ANYWHERE!!!!Thanks to Rosa at Rosa's Yummy-yums for choosing this challenge and being our fearless leader.
Here is some stunning dough. I really liked the way the dough was prepared. Using instant yeast of which I am a big fan of. Regular items like salt, oil, sugar, and one irregular item like ice cold water. My dough was stiff at first and I did have to add a couple of teaspoons of water to mine, but it came out smooth and soft. You can see it is cut into 6 pieces. It rested in the fridge overnight and was brought out 2 hours before cooking. It was so rested that it only need a couple of tosses. I love the way my face looks in this toss.I provided various items for the my family to build their own pizzas. I have limited each person 4 topping items, including sauces, and cheese, because less is more. These are gourmet delights. I didn't want them defiled by burdening them with too many toppings.They could choose from the following:
- Sun Dried Tomatoes (I grew them and dehydrated them myself)
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- Herbes de Provance (I grew and made myself)
- Parmesean Cheese
- Assorted Italian meats, Calabrese, Salame, Capocollo
- Pesto and Tomato Sauces
- Mushrooms, onions etc.
I have a nifty pizza stone and a peel. The created pizza went into a 500 degree oven and only need about 6 minutes to bake.
The crust came out crisp, but not hard. And where I didn't use the Mozzarella, it was caramalized with parmesean and pesto goodness. It remained thin and tender. Ooh it was just incredible. My husband loved it. It was fun for the whole family to make and everyone had what they wanted on it.
I think this has been my favorite Daring Baker's Challenge so far. I had so much fun doing this, and the family adored it.