Pizza with onions

This is an easy pizza recipe that you can quickly make at home as a substitute of bread.
The other day I realized that I ran out of bread, but it was too late and cold to go outside and get some, plus I am not a big fan of the bread you find in supermarkets in the evening, far too dry after an whole day on the shelf.

Fortunately in my cupboard there are always some flour and yeast for emergencies like this and I was able to prepare some fresh home made pizza. I didn’t make bread as I am not always happy with the result you get with an electric oven (maybe I am too spoiled as  I am used to my mum’s wood oven bread!), pizza is easier to make and you can get good results with any kind of oven.

Anyway…this is what I prepared:

The process to make this pizza is very similar to the one for the focaccia whose recipe I have already posted a while ago and you can find here.

I think I don’t need to tell you exactly the quantities I have used, as it depends of course on how much pizza you need to prepare, and most importantly, you will understand when the dough is ready from its consistence.
Mix the flour, yeast and water till you are happy with the result. It should not be too hard, but should not stick to your hands either while kneading it. You just need a bit of practice and a couple of trials and you will get the perfect dough.
I find that adding a glass of warm milk really improves the quality of the dough and makes it very soft, give it a try and let me know if you agree!

Let the dough rise for good 1-2 hours, then add the topping right before you put it in the oven. For the topping I used some very thin sliced onions and black pepper (you can add some sea salt if you like it a bit more salty).

You then need to bake it for about 20 mins at 180°C (but please keep an eye on it, depending on how strong is your oven!).

Focaccia: mediterranean flavours

What’s the best way to end a busy and super funny weekend?
Easy: bake something tasty and possibly that reminds you of your home country. Olives, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and rosemarine…mmh I love them!

Yesterday evening when I came back home after having watched the Wimbledon final in a local pub, I opened my cupboard and luckily I had all the ingredients I needed…well, almost. I didn’t have any yeast, but hey, one of the things I love about London is that you can find anything anywhere, at any time.

For the dough I used around 600 grams of flour, one sachet of dried yeast, one glass of milk (I found out it makes the dough softer) and a pinch of salt.
First you have to melt the yeast in a glass of warm water (please note that the water should not be too hot or it will destroy the yeast’s effect), when ready pour it over the flour and start mixing. When all the water has been absorbed, pour the milk (better if slightly warm) and keep mixing till you get a smooth and soft dough.

Place it on a baking tray (the same one you are going to use to bake it) and let it rise for about one hour.
Advice: warm up the oven for a few seconds, turn it off and put the dough…this will make the rising process faster!

Once the dough has doubled its size you can start dressing it. I normally put olives, cherry tomatoes, a hint of rosemarine and pepper, and I finish everything with some olive oil.

Bake for about 40 minutes in the oven at 180°C and enjoy it! 🙂

Mediterranean focaccia!

Mediterranean focaccia!