Category Archives: Pizza

Cooking Method: Pizza Margherita

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Plain but full of flavour, Pizza Margherita is one of the most appreciated pizzas in Italy! We use only fresh and the best quality ingredients, in order to get the right combination of flavours. It’s so simple but really delicious!

I often prepare this pizza with a sourdough starter and make a dough using mainly spelt flour, because I love it’s nutty flavour and crunchy texture. Here is my favourite sourdough recipe for the pizza base and the normal yeast version.

Pizza Margherita

Preparation time: 5 minutes + the time to make the dough

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients

For two large pizzas

2 pizza bases (use the dough you prefer)

Two good quality mozzarellas (if you want more flavour you can use buffalo mozzarella)

200 g good quality tomato sauce (sweet and not acidic)

2 tablespoons of chopped marjoram (fresh or dried)

Extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste ( I mix them with the tomato sauce and herbs)

Method.

1. Preheat the oven at the highest temperature and with the fan running (to dry out the excess water from the cheese). Place the pizza stone in the oven (the pizza stone has to heat up gradually, because otherwise it will break).

2. Once the pizza stone is hot, remove it from the oven and dust with some dried (quick cooking) polenta (the polenta will make the pizza crust crunchier).

3. Roll out the pizza dough on the stone, top with the ingredients and place to cook in the oven, with the fan running, for 30-40 minutes (depending on the temperature you are using).

Notes.

1. Use the best quality tomato sauce you can get ; if the tomato sauce is too acidic, you can add some sugar and make it sweeter.

2. Mozzarella is usually preserved in water, so you have to rinse it really well and squeeze it with your hands when you use it.

3. You can use different herbs to personalise your pizza; we often use oregano, basil or marjoram.

Home-Made Pizza With Tomatoes, Rocket and Parmesan Cheese

A crunchy pizza base, topped with fresh Piccadilly tomatoes, some rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese…

An easy recipe, perfect for this season!

Enjoy!

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Pizza with tomatoes, rocket and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

for 2 large pizzas

Buy 2 ready made pizza bases or follow this recipe

For the pizza toppings

2 fresh mozzarellas (or you can use stracchino)

300 g Piccadilly tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

60 g rocket leaves (arugula)

50 g Parmesan cheese (thin slices)

Extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Method.

1. Wash and dry the rocket leaves and the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half.

2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough and make two large pizza bases.

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3. Bake the pizza bases at 200 ° C (392°F) until they are crunchy (I am using a use a pizza stone, but you can use a baking tray greased with olive oil).

4. Add the mozzarella cheese and put the bases back in oven for a few minutes, to melt the cheese.

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5. Turn off the oven and garnish your pizzas. Place the tomatoes, the rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese onto the pizza bases, then season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Pizza con pomodorini freschi, rucola e parmigiano.

Ingredienti

Per 2 pizze grandi

Per fare due basi per la pizza seguite questa ricetta

Per guarnire le pizze

2 mozzarelle (oppure stracchino)

300 g di pomodorini Piccadilly

60 g di rucola

50 g di scaglie di Parmigiano Reggiano

olio extra vergine d’oliva

sale e pepe q. b.

Preparazione.

1. Lavate e asciugate la rucola e i pomodorini, poi tagliate i pomodorini a metà.

2. Stendete la pasta con un matterello.

3. Infornate le basi della pizza a 200° C (uso una pietra per la cottura della pizza, ma potete usare una teglia unta). Fate cuocere fino ad ottenere una pasta croccante.

4. Aggiungete la mozzarella e infornate ancora per qualche minuto, per far sciogliere il formaggio.

5. Sfornate le pizze e spegnete il forno. Disponete i pomodorini, la rucola e il parmigiano sulle pizze, poi condite con abbondante olio extra vergine d’oliva, sale e pepe.

Traditional Recipe: Focaccia al Formaggio di Recco

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This focaccia al formaggio di Recco (Cheese Focaccia from Recco), is one of the most appreciated dishes we have in Liguria. Many bakeries and pizza places make this amazing focaccia, but only a few really excel in this recipe.

This focaccia is basically made with two almost transparent sheets of pastry, made with flour, olive oil, salt and no yeast. The cheese is then arranged and sealed between the pastry layers. The result should’t be either too oily or dry, the pastry should be crunchy on top and the cheese should be very fresh and creamy in the middle. Sometimes I add milk to the cheese to make it a little extra creamy. But you really have to use only fresh crescenza or stracchino, because no other cheese will taste as good as these cheeses in this recipe!

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The preparation method will requires some care, especially when you roll out the dough to make it thin. Yes, to make a thin layer might be tricky the first few times, however after some practice it will get easier and the pastry thinner.

Focaccia al formaggio di Recco.

Ingredients

For 6 servings

250 g (8.8 oz) plain flour

500 g (17.6 oz) of Italian soft cheese crescenza or stracchino (but you can double this amount, if you want more cheese inside the focaccia)

extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground sea salt

flour for dusting

water

Method.

1. On a work surface or a table, place the flour, then add the salt, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and enough water to make a soft and smooth dough. Knead well.

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2. Dust the work surface with some flour and roll out the pastry using a rolling pin. Stretch the pastry further with your hands, until you get two almost see-through sheets (careful not to break them).

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3. Place a sheet of pastry on a large baking tray, greased with extra virgin olive oil.  Arrange the cheese (cut into pieces) on top of the pastry, then cover everything with the other sheet of pastry.

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4. Seal the edges of the pastry together, so that the cheese will stay inside when it melts.

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5. Slightly pierce the pastry (only pierce the top layer, not the base). Bake at 200 ° C (392° F) until the pastry is golden and crispy. Salt and serve straight away.

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Focaccia al formaggio di Recco.

Ingredienti

Per 6 persone

250 g di farina 00

500 g di crescenza o stracchino (potete raddoppiare la dose di formaggio, se volete più formaggio dentro la vostra focaccia)

olio extra vergine d’oliva

sale

farina per infarinare la spianatoia

acqua q. b.

Preparazione.

1. Su una spianatoia, disponete la farina a fontana e aggiungete il sale, 2 cucchiai d’olio e l’acqua necessaria per ottenere un impasto omogeneo. Impastate bene tutto.

2. Infarinate la spianatoia e stendete l’impasto con il matterello. Tendete ulteriormente l’impasto con le mani, per ottenere due sfoglie il più sottile possibile (senza romperle).

3. Stendete una sfoglia su una teglia grande, precedentemente unta con 2 cucchiai d’olio. Disponete il formaggio fresco (tagliato a pezzi) sulla sfoglia e ricoprite tutto con la seconda sfoglia.

4. Pressate insieme i bordi delle sfoglie, in modo da sigillare la pasta e non far uscire il formaggio.

5. Bucate leggermente la superficie della pasta, facendo attenzione a non bucare la base della focaccia. Infornate a 200°C, fino ad ottenere una focaccia croccante. Salate e servite subito.

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Tasty Pizza With Cannellini Bean Hummus And Mussels

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We love our pizzas! We love them with all sort of ingredients on top, as long as the ingredients are of the best quality! We have so many different types of pizza in Italy that is easy to get confused! I don’t even know all of them, I just know there are several recipes.  Some of the most amazing pizzas are made with seafood and fresh herbs.

This is one of my recipes, a lovely pizza made with a creamy cannellini bean hummus and topped with mussels, full of flavours and really crunchy! You can call it pizza or you can call it focaccia, either way, it is delicious!!!
Cannellini beans are perfect with mussels, so I have adapted my hummus recipe with slightly different ingredients to suit this recipe best. It is a great summer dish, fresh crunchy and very tasty!

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Pizza with cannellini bean hummus and mussels.

Ingredients

For 2 large pizzas (4 people)

500 g pizza dough (you can follow this recipe)

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For the cannellini bean hummus

1 can of cannellini beans

1/2 clove of garlic

1 small shallot

the juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

a few crystals of sea salt

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive

2 tablespoons of water (if needed)

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For the mussels

2 cloves of garlic, finally chopped

250g (8.8 oz) of mussels ( I used already cleaned and frozen mussels without shell, but you can use fresh ones if you like)

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

1 tablespoon of chopped tarragon

salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

To garnish

20 cherry tomatoes, washed, chopped and drained

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Method.

For the Hummus.

1. Using a small mortar and a pestle, crush 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds with a few sea salt crystals.

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2. Rinse the beans well, then boil them for a few minutes in salted water and drain.

3. In a food processor, finely chop the beans with the crushed sesame seeds, the salt crystals, 1/2 a clove of garlic and a small shallot. After a few minutes, add the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of water (only if needed) and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Process everything until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.

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For the pizza.

1. Make 500g of pizza dough (follow this recipe).

2. Roll out the dough on two baking trays, greased with plenty of extra virgin olive oil and shape 2 large pizzas.

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3. Pierce the dough using a knife and bake in a preheated oven at 200 ° C (392° F) for 15-20 minutes.

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For the mussels.

1. In a frying pan, fry two cloves of garlic with the parsley and the tarragon (all finely chopped), over very low heat with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

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2. After a few minutes add the mussels and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat.

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To garnish.

Garnish the pizzas with the cannellini hummus, then top with the tomatoes and the mussels.

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Pizza saporita con hummus di cannellini e muscoli.

Ingredienti

Per 2 pizze grosse (4 persone)

500 g di pasta per la pizza

Per l’hummus di cannellini

1 scatola di cannellini

1/2 spicchio d’aglio

1 scalogno piccolo

il succo di 1/2 limone

1 cucchiaio di semi di sesamo

qualche cristallo di sale marino

acqua q. b.

2 cucchiai di olio extra vergine d’oliva

Per i muscoli

2 spicchi d’aglio

250g di muscoli ( ho usato muscoli già puliti, senza guscio e surgelati, ma potete anche usare quelli freschi)

1 cucchiaio di prezzemolo, lavato e tritato

1 cucchiaio di dragoncello, lavato e tritato

sale e pepe q.b.

3 cucchiai d’olio extra vergine d’oliva

Per la guarnizione.

20 pomodorini ciliegina, lavati, tagliati a pezzetti e scolati

Per la preparazione dell”hummus.

1. Con un pestello e un piccolo mortaio, schiacciate i semi di sesamo con qualche cristallo di sale.

2. Sciacquate bene i fagioli e scottateli per qualche minuto (in acqua leggermente salata). Quando saranno pronti, scolate i fagioli.

3. In un tritatutto, tritate finemente i fagioli con i semi di sesamo, il sale, mezzo spicchio d’aglio e lo scalogno. Dopo qualche minuto, aggiungete il succo di mezzo limone, un po’ d’acqua (solo se necessario) e 2 cucchiai d’olio extra vergine d’oliva. Tritate tutto fino ad ottenere una crema uniforme.

Preparazione della base.

1. Preparate 500g di pasta per la pizza seguendo questa ricetta.

2. Stendete la pasta su due teglie unte abbondantemente con olio extra vergine d’oliva e formate due pizze grandi.

3. Fate dei piccoli tagli sulla superficie della pasta e infornate a 200°C per 15-20 minuti.

Per la preparazione dei muscoli.

1. In una padella, fate soffriggere due spicchi d’aglio con il prezzemolo e il dragoncello (a fuoco molto basso).

2. Dopo qualche minuto aggiungete i muscoli e fate cuocere per circa una decina di minuti, poi spegnete il fuoco.

Preparate la pizza.

Con un cucchiaio spalmate l’hummus di cannellini uniformemente sulla base della pizza, poi aggiungete i pomodorini e i muscoli.

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Make The Best Pizza Dough ( Part 2)

I already published a basic pizza dough recipe with normal yeast a few weeks ago, this is basically the same recipe adapted for sourdough. Before getting started with the recipe, let me say a few things about sourdough.

Why sourdough?
Sourdough is a natural yeast created by fermenting flour with water. It is a long process, which is not particularly complicated, but it takes some time and care.
Basically, you create the natural yeast, then you feed it and keep it in good shape, that’s really all there is to it! In exchange, your sourdough will reward you with a lot of flavour, leavening strength and satisfaction!
Moreover, sourdough is healthier and much more digestible than commonly used yeast. Another good reason to use it is the difference in taste, as sourdough’s flavour is much more delicate and pleasant than all the other yeasts.
So, don’t give up if you haven’t tried yet, instead give it a go and you’ll see the difference, I promise you!
To get started with sourdough you can follow the step by step recipe here.

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Some things you have to know before you go on with the recipe:

1. The flour-sourdough ratio in recipes is usually 3 to 1 (3 parts of flour plus 1 part of sourdough). In order to prepare approximately 500 g of dough we will use 375 g of flour with 125 g of sourdough. You can use this recipe to make sourdough bread as well as pizza.

2. Semi-liquid sourdough contains a lot of water, therefore you have to add less water than in normal yeast pizza and bread recipes. My advice is to add a little bit of water gradually.

3. Sometimes it’s useful to make the dough in the evening and then keep it in the fridge with some extra water over night. The following day, take it out of the fridge two hours before you use it (knead the dough a little, then make the pizzas and let them rise for a couples of hours at room temperate). During this process the dough will rise much better and faster.

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Sourdough Pizza Crust.

Ingredients

For 2 large pizzas

Recipe No. 1

210 g flour 00 (or plain, unbleached all-purpuse flour)

135 g whole spelt flour

30 g durum wheat flour (semolina)

125 g sourdough (semi-liquid and made ​​with manitoba flour)

10 g salt

a pinch of barley malt (optional)

extra virgin olive oil to taste

water

Note.

If you use the sourdough starter made ​​from flour 00 (or plain, unbleached all-purpose flour) the ingredient ratio changes slightly:

Recipe No. 2

130 g flour 00 (or plain, unbleached all-purpuse flour)

135 g whole spelt flour

80 g Manitoba flour

30 g durum wheat flour (semolina)

125 g sourdough (semi-liquid and made with flour 00 of plain, unbleached all-purpuse flour)

10 g salt

a pinch of barley malt (optional)

extra virgin olive oil to taste

water

Method.

1. Sift and mix the flour on a wooden board or a large bowl (use a fine sieve). Mix the flour with the sourdough and a little bit of water. Add the salt and, if you want, you can also add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of malt.

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2. knead vigorously, until you get an elastic dough. Let the dough rise in a sheltered place for 3-6 hours (the rising time varies depending on different factors, the dough is ready when it has doubled in volume).

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3. Take two large oven trays, cover them with baking paper and brush them with plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, make two pizza bases and then add the other ingredients (I am going to make a pizza with mozzarella cheese and crescenza, a nice sweet and creamy Italian cheese)

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4. Let the pizzas rise for about 1 hour, then bake in a preheated oven at 190° (374°F) for 20-30 minutes.

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Impasto base per la pizza con lievito madre.

Ingredienti

2 pizze grandi

Ricetta n°1

210 g di farina 00

135 g di farina di farro integrale

30 g di semola rimacinata

125 g di lievito madre (semiliquido, a base di farina manitoba)

acqua q. b.

10 g di sale

pochissimo malto d’orzo (facoltativo)

olio extra vergine d’olio d’oliva q. b.

Nota.

Se usate il lievito madre a base di farina 00 gli ingredienti variano leggermente:

Ricetta n° 2

130 g di farina 00

135 g di farina di farro integrale

80 g di farina manitoba

125 g di lievito madre (semiliquido con base di farina 00)

30 g di semola rimacinata

10 g di sale

acqua q. b.

pochissimo malto d’orzo (facoltativo)

olio extra vergine d’olio d’oliva q. b.

Metodo.

1. Mescolate, setacciate le farine e sistematele a fontana su una spianatoia o mettetele in una ciotola grande. Unite il lievito madre alla farina con un po d’acqua. Mescolate leggermente, poi aggiungere il sale con cucchiai d’ olio extra vergine di oliva e un pizzico di malto, se desiderate aggiungerli.

2. Lavorate energicamente gli ingredienti, fino ad ottenere un impasto omogeneo ed elastico. Lasciate lievitare l’impasto in un luogo riparato per 3-6 ore (il tempo di lievitazione varia a seconda di diversi fattori, l’impasto è pronto quando sarà raddoppiato di volume).

3. Prendete due teglie grandi, ricopritele con carta da forno e spennellatele con abbondante olio extra vergine d’oliva. Stendete la pasta con un matterello e fate due basi per pizza, poi aggiungere gli altri ingredienti (in questo caso faremo una pizza bianca con crescenza e mozzarella).

4. Lasciate lievitare le pizze per circa 1 ora, poi fate cuocere a 190° C in forno preriscaldato per 20-30 minuti (dipende dallo spessore della pasta).

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Make the Best Pizza Dough (Part 1)

Making your own pizza dough, for the first time, is probably one of the most satisfying things you can ever experience in your kitchen. There is something magical about the whole process, from the moment you first see the dough rising, up to the moment you actually see your beautiful creation coming out of the oven. I personally enjoy everything about this process and this is why I don’t buy it anymore. Moreover, once you start experimenting with different flours and ingredients, especially if you use natural yeast (but we will see this in part 2), home-made pizza can become a truly special dish to make.

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 A few words on the preparation.

To prepare (approximately) 500 g of dough for pizza or bread you must use 500 g of flour, 15 g of yeast, 10 g salt and some water.

For this recipe I used different kinds of organic flour which have very different qualities from one another and help to create a certain harmony of flavours and textures. The amount of water in the dough and the leavening time may vary, depending on the ingredients used. This type of dough can be used, not only to make pizza but it’s also great to make focaccia and other breads.

Notes. You can decide to add extra virgin olive oil and barley malt (or honey) to the recipe or not, depending on your personal taste. The extra virgin olive oil gives a crunchier crust and the malt (or honey) will help the leavening process, but both these ingredients will add some extra calories to your recipe, so if you are on a diet,  don’t use them.

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I am giving you two options here, choose the dough with the ingredients that you prefer.

Basic pizza dough (with normal yeast)

 Ingredients 

For two large pizzas

to prepare (approximately) 500 g of bread dough or pizza base

 for a wholemeal dough 

250 g plain flour (unbleached all-purpose flour)

100 g whole spelt flour (or farro flour)

100 g Manitoba flour

50 g durum wheat semolina flour

15 g yeast

200-250 ml warm water (but add more if necessary)

10 g salt

extra virgin olive oil to taste

a big pinch of barley malt or honey (optional)

 for a plain flour dough 

If you prefer a dough made mostly with plain flour, then use:

250 g plain flour

250 g manitoba flour (or durum wheat semolina flour)

15 g yeast

200-250 ml warm water (add more if you need to)

10 g salt

extra virgin olive oil to taste

a big pinch of barley malt or honey (optional)

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 Method (for both doughs). 

1. Break up the yeast into small pieces and mix it with a bit ‘of warm water and a few tablespoons of flour. Create a small dough and let it double in volume.

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2. Sift the remaining flour with a fine sieve and make a well on a wooden board, then pour 200-250 ml warm water (gradually) and salt in the centre (also add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of malt, if you wish). Mix the ingredients.

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3. Add the yeast dough (from step 1) to the mixture and knead vigorously.

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4. Let it rise in a sheltered place until the dough has doubled volume (it might take between one or two hours).

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5. Take two large oven trays, cover them with baking paper and brush the paper with plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and then add the other ingredients (mozzarella, tomatoes, olives etc.).

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6. Let it rise again for 30 minutes, then bake in preheated oven at 190 ° C (374° F) for 20-30 minutes.

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This pizza is called “Marinara” and is made with anchovies, tomatoes and crushed garlic. A very cheap and simple dish, but full of flavour!

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See also Make the best pizza dough part 2 (with sourdough)

Impasto per la pizza (con lievito di birra).

Per preparare 500 g di pasta per la pizza o da pane generalmente si utilizzano 500 g di farina, 15 g di lievito di birra, 10 g di sale e acqua.

In questo caso utilizzerò farine biologiche di vario tipo, che presentano qualità molto diverse tra loro e che aiutano a creare una certa armonia di fragranza e croccantezza. La quantità d’ acqua necessaria da utilizzare potrebbe variare leggermente, a seconda delle farine e degli altri ingredienti utilizzati, così come il tempo di lievitazione. Questo tipo di impasto può esse utilizzato anche per preparare focacce e pane.

Nota. Ho aggiunto l’ olio extravergine d’oliva e il malto d’orzo nella lista degli ingredienti, perché servono a creare una crosta più croccante e a far lievitare meglio l’impasto (nel caso del malto).

Vi darò due ricette, così potete scegliere l’impasto con gli ingredienti che preferite.

Impasto base per la pizza (con lievito di birra)

Ingredienti 

Per due pizze grandi

per preparare 500 g di pasta da pane o per pizza

Impasto con farina integrale

250 g farina 00

100 g farina di farro integrale

100 g Manitoba

50 g semola di grano duro rimacinata

15 g di lievito di birra

200-250 ml di acqua tiepida

10 g di sale

olio extra vergine d’oliva q. b.

una punta di cucchiaio di malto d’orzo (facoltativo)

Impasto con farina 00

Se preferite un’impasto semplice con farina bianca allora utilizzate i seguenti ingredienti:

250 g di farina 00

250 g di farina Manitoba

15 g di lievito di birra

200-250 ml di acqua tiepida

10 g di sale

olio extra vergine d’oliva q. b.

una punta di cucchiaio di malto d’orzo (facoltativo)

 Metodo (per entrambi gli impasti). 

1. Spezzate il lievito in piccoli pezzi e mischiatelo con un po’ d’ acqua tiepida e qualche cucchiaio di farina, fino a creare un panetto. Lasciate raddoppiare il panetto di volume.

2. Setacciate il resto della farina e disponetela a fontana su una spianatoia con 200-250 ml d’ acqua tiepida e il sale (aggiungete anche l’olio e il malto, se volgete utilizzarli). Mescolate leggermente.

3. Aggiungete il panetto di lievito e impastate tutto energicamente.

4. Lasciate lievitare in un luogo riparato, finché il volume dell’impasto sarà raddoppiato (una o due ore).

5. Utilizzate due teglie grandi, ricopritele con della carta da forno e spennellate con abbondante olio extra vergine d’oliva. Stendete l’impasto con un matterello, aggiungete gli   altri ingredienti (mozzarella, pomodori, origano ecc.) e infornate a forno preriscaldato a 190° C per 20-30 minuti.

Neither a salad or a pizza: Insalapizza! (no cheese)

As refreshing as a summer salad and as tasty as a pizza! This is why I decided to call this dish insalapizza (salad-pizza). I often end up with no mozzarella cheese in my fridge, and this usually happens when I feel like having a pizza!…So one evening I came up with this nice and simple recipe. Since then I have had several occasions to try out and improve this dish. I hope you like it!

Pizza-salad recipe.

Ingredients

for 1 pizza

For the pizza dough

35 g (1.23 oz) wholemeal flour (whole wheat flour)

35 g (1.23 oz) whole spelt flour

20 g  (0.70 oz) Manitoba flour

45 g (1.58 oz) plain flour sourdough (or you can use 5 g of yeast. In this case, you have to add 45 g of plain flour and more water to make the dough. the rising time will also vary)

1 or 2 tablespoons mixed grains (hulled oats, hulled barley, hulled spelt, wheat, rye, brown rice)

1/2  tablespoon flax seeds (linseeds), optional

1/2  teaspoon salt

a little bit of barley malt syrup (to increase leavening strenght, optional)

Pizza toppings and seasoning

1 big onion

3 plum tomatos

water as needed

some rocket (arugula) leaves, washed and dried

salt and pepper

extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons to grease the oven tray and 2 more to pour on the pizza toppings)

Method
1. Wash the seeds and soak them in water for 6-8 hours.
2. Mix the sourdough with the flours, some water and malt (or honey). Add the seeds and half a teaspoon of salt to the dough. Mix well and increase the amount of flour if necessary (the dough shouldn’t stick to your hands).
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3. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in volume (3-6 hours, if you use sourdough).
If you use normal yeast (not sourdough) you have to increase the amount of flour and water ( in this case, add 45 g of plain flour) to the dough. Dissolve the yeast in a little bit of water with 1 tablespoon of flour. Then add the yeast to the mixture and let it rise for about an hour.
4. When the dough is ready, roll out the pizza base in a round baking tray (20-30 cm in diameter), greased with plenty of olive oil. Let the pizza base rise for another hour. Meanwhile, clean and cut the onion very finely and leave it to soak for an hour in water.
5. Wash, dry and cut the tomatoes into small cubes. Top your pizza base with the onion and the tomatoes. Season your pizza with plenty of extra virgin olive oil and bake at 200 ° C (392° F) for 30 minutes (until crispy).
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Remove from the oven, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a few rocket leaves.
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A few tips.
To shorten the preparation time, I usually make a lot of dough, I divide it into small quantities and store it in the freezer. In this way the dough is ready when I need it. Leave the seeds to soak at night, this also save some time.
Insalapizza.
Ingredienti per la base della pizza ai cereali.
Per 1 pizza

35 g di farina integrale

35 g di farina integrale di farro

20 g di manitoba

45 g di lievito madre (potete sostituire il lievito madre aggiungendo 45 g di farina 00 all’impasto con un po’ d’acqua e 5 g di lievito di birra da diluire con poca acqua e farina)

1 o 2 cucchiai di cereali misti (avena decorticata, orzo decorticato, farro decorticato, frumento, segale, riso integrale)

1/2 cucchiaio di semi di lino (facoltativo)

1/2 cucchiaino di sale

pochissimo malto d’orzo (per fare lievitare meglio l’impasto,  ma è facoltativo)

un po’ di farina in più da aggiungere a fine impasto

acqua q b

Ingredienti per il condimento

3 pomodori perini maturi

1 cipolla dolce grande

un mazzetto di rucola, lavata e pulita

sale e pepe q b

Olio d’oliva abbondante (2 cucchiai per ungere la teglia e 2 in più per condire la pizza in superficie )

Preparazione.

1. Lavate e lasciate i semi a bagno in acqua per 6-8 ore. Nel frattempo, unite le farine e il malto al lievito madre, aggiungendo un po’ d’acqua, se necessario. Lavorate bene l’impasto.  Aggiungete i semi, con mezzo cucchiaino di sale e aumentate la quantità di farina nel caso il composto risultasse troppo umido.

2. Fate lievitare fino a quando l’impasto sarà raddoppiato di volume (3-6 ore). Se usate il lievito di birra dovete aggiungere 45 g di farina 00 all’impasto, poi diluire il lievito di birra in un po’ d’acqua e impastare tutto. In questo caso, dovete lasciare lievitare per un’ ora circa.

3. Quando l’impasto sarà lievitato, stendetelo su una teglia rotonda (25-30 cm di diametro), ungendo la base con abbondante alio d’oliva. Lasciate lievitare per 1 oretta. Nel frattempo, tagliate la cipolla e lasciatela immersa in acqua per almeno 1 ora (per renderla più dolce). Lavate, asciugate e tagliate i pomodori a cubetti.

4. Disponete la cipolla e i pomodori sulla pizza e condite con abbondante olio d’oliva .Cuocete a 200 ° C per 30 minuti. Sfornate, condite con sale e pepe, aggiungendo qualche foglia di rucola per guarnire.

Consigli per la preparazione.
Per accorciare i tempi, generalmente preparo in anticipo una grossa quantità di pasta, la divido nelle giuste dosi e la scongelo in caso di bisogno. Questo procedimento facilità notevolmente le cose e funziona alla grande! Consiglio anche di lasciare i semi immersi nell’acqua tutta la notte, saranno più morbidi e i tempi di preparazione saranno più facili da gestire.

Posh and perfect! Wholemeal pizza with goat’s cheese, olives and rocket (arugula).

This is a great veggy pizza! The dough, once cooked, is perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I used a mixture of manitoba, semolina and wholemeal flour to give elasticity, crispness and flavour to the pizza. Instead of using sourdough you can use 6 g of yeast to significantly reduce the rising time of the dough. At this link https://foodfulife.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/how-to-make-natural-yeast-sourdough/  you will find a short article that explains how to make sourdough at home.

Wholemeal pizza with goat’s cheese, olives and rocket (arugula).

Ingredients

For 1 thick pizza

50 g (1.76 oz) manitoba flour

50 g (1.76 oz) wholemeal (whole wheat) flour

40 g (1.41 oz)  fine semolina flour

50 g (1.76 oz) sourdough

70 g (2.46 oz) fresh and creamy goat’s cheese

70 g (2.46 oz) sweet and creamy soft cheese (crescienza or stracchino)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

A handful of rocket (arugula)

A handful of pitted olives

6-7 ripe cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper as needed (for seasoning the pizza)

100 ml (3.38 fl. oz) water (or more)

1/2 teaspoon honey

Create a starter dough with 50 g (1.76 oz ) wholemeal flour, 50 g manitoda flour and 50 g sourdough. Knead the starter dough with 100 ml (3.38 fl. oz) water and half a teaspoon of honey.

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Cover and set for a couple of hours. After 2 hours, take the starter dough and mix with the semolina flour ( adding some water or flour if needed). Add a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of oil and work until smooth.

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Let rise for a few hours, and then the dough will ready when it doubles in volume. Roll out the dough and place in a baking tray, previously evenly greased with a tablespoon of olive oil.

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Cut the tomatoes and the olives into thin slices. In a small bowl, mix the goat’s cheese with crescenza until smooth.

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Alternating, place the tomatoes and cheese on top of the dough, then garnish with some slices of olives. Season your pizza with a tablespoon of olive oil, some salt and pepper.

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Bake at 200 ° C (392° F) for 25-30 minutes.

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Top the pizza with fresh rocket and serve.

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Pizza integrale con formaggio di capra, olive e rucola.

Ingredienti

per 1 pizza

50g di farina manitoba

50g di farina integrale

40g di semola (rimacinata)

50g di lievito madre  (oppure 6 g di lievito di birra con aggiunta di acqua)

70 g di formaggio fresco (cremoso) di capra

70 g di crescenza o stracchino

3 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva

Una manciata di olive verdi snocciolate

Una manciata di rucola

1 cucchiaino scarso di sale

6-7 pomodorini ciliegia ben maturi

sale e pepe qb (sulla pizza finita)

100 ml di acqua (o più)

1/2 cucchiaino di miele

Create un lievitino con 50g di farina integrale, 50g di farina manitoda e 50 g di lievito madre. Impastate il lievitino con 100 ml di acqua e mezzo cucchiaino di miele. Coprite e lasciate lievitare per un paio d’ore. Dopo la prima lievitazione, prendete il lievitino e impastate con la semola (aggiungendo un po’ d’acqua o di farina se necessario). Aggiungete un cucchiaino di sale e un cucchiaio d’olio all’impasto. Lasciate lievitare per qualche ora ( tenete presente che l’impasto è pronto quando raddoppia di volume).

Stendete l’impasto su una teglia, uniformemente unta con un cucchiaio di olio extravergine d’oliva. Tagliate i pomodorini e le olive a fettine. In una terrina piccola, unite e mescolate bene la crescenza con il formaggio di capra, fino ad ottenere una crema abbastanza omogenea. Cospargete i pomodorini alternandoli al formaggio sulla base della pizza e finite di decorare con delle fettine di olive. Condite la pizza con un cucchiaio di olio, un po’ di sale e pepe.

Fate cuocere a 200° di per 25-30 minuti. Sfornate la pizza, aggiungete la rucola e servite.

More than just another pizza!

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A pizza for all occasions. A great dish, full of flavor but also healthy as it contains whole grain fibers and vitamins. Personally, I prefer the flavor and texture of different flours mixed together, compared to plain white flour, I think it’s a matter of habit. With experience, I realized that by gradually increasing the use of whole grains and vegetables in the preparation of traditional dishes you can have a healthier diet without having to give up taste or tradition.

Pizza with three flours and vegetables.

100 g wholemeal flour (3.5 oz)

100 g (3.5 oz) whole spelt flour (but use 150 g [5.2 oz] spelt flour if you use yeast instead of sourdough)

100 g durum wheat semolina flour (all organic if possible) 3.5 oz

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 medium size tomatoes

1/2 medium size bell pepper

1/3 small onion (optional)

a bunch of fresh marjoram or a tablespoon of dried marjoram

ground pepper to taste

100 g of sourdough (3.5 oz) or 5 g yeast dissolved in a little water.

(the dose of yeast may vary depending on the humidity and the quality of the product)

1/2 squeezed mozzarella cheese

1/2 glass of water approximately for the dough

Prepare the dough by combining the three flours, salt, olive oil and sourdough (or yeast).

Mix all the ingredients together and knead to form a soft and smooth dough ( add some flour if the dough is too wet and a little more water if is too dry). Let the dough rise in a bowl with a wet cloth on top for 6 hours if you use sourdough or for an hour if you use yeast.

Cut the vegetables, place them in a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil, a pinch of salt and some marjoram.

When the dough is ready roll it out with a rolling pin, pour a little oil evenly over the bottom of a round baking tray and roll out the dough until the baking tray is completely covered.

Place the vegetables on top of the dough and add some mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 180 ° C (356°).

Sprinkle the pizza with some ground pepper and serve it hot.

Una pizza ideale per tutte le occasioni. Un ottimo piatto unico, ricco di sapore ma anche sano, perché contiene fibre e vitamine. Ho elaborato questa ricetta perché personalmente preferisco il sapore e la consistenza delle farine miste, rispetto alla farina bianca, credo sia una questione di abitudine. Con l’esperienza, ho capito che incrementando gradualmente l’uso di farine integrali e verdure nella preparazione di alcuni piatti tipici si può avere una dieta più varia e sana, senza dover necessariamente rinunciare a gusto o tradizione.

Pizza alle tre farine con peperoni e maggiorana.

100 g di farina di integrale

100 g di farina di farro (usate 150 g.di farina di farro se usate il lievito di birra)

100 g di farina di semola di grano duro (tutte possibilmente bio)

1 cucchiaino scarso di sale fino

1 cucchiaio di olio extravergine di oliva

2 pomodori di medie dimensioni

1/2 peperone rosso di medie dimensioni

1/3 di cipolla piccola (facoltativo)

un mazzetto di maggiorana fresca o un cucchiaio di maggiorana secca

pepe macinato a piacere

100 g di lievito madre o 5 g di lievito di birra sciolto in un po’ d’acqua.

(la dose di lievito madre può variare a seconda dell’umidità e della qualità del prodotto, meglio comunque abbondare)

1/2 mozzarella ben strizzata

1/2  bicchiere d’acqua circa per l’impasto

Preparate l’impasto unendo le tre farine, il sale,  l’olio e il lievito. Mescolate tutti gli ingredienti, impastate fino a formare una pasta morbida e omogenea, aggiungendo un po’ di farina se l’impasto è troppo umido e un po’ più d’acqua se il risultato è  troppo asciutto. Lasciate lievitare l’impasto in una terrina con sopra uno straccio umido per sei ore se avete usato il lievito madre o per un’ ora se avete usato il lievito di birra.

Tagliate le verdure, riponetele in una scodella e conditele con un filo d’olio, un pizzico di sale e la maggiorana. Quando l’impasto sarà ben lievitato stendetelo con un mattarello, versate un po’ d’olio uniformemente sul fondo di una teglia rotonda e stendetevi l’impasto fino a coprirlo completamente.

Versate le verdure sopra l’impasto e aggiungete la mozzarella.

Infornate a forno caldo per 20-30 minuti a 180°.

Spolverate la pizza con del pepe macinato e servitela calda.

Buon appetito!