10/29/08

Daring Bakers: Pizza Dough!

This month's Daring Bakers Challenge was to make your own pizza dough. I was very excited, but a bit nervous. I was looking forward to coming up with different topping ideas, but was apprehensive about the requirement to toss the pizza dough.

This past Saturday I started on the first step of the dough making process, and let it refrigerate over night. Then on Sunday I stretched the dough (see the picture below), and made two pizzas. Anna made the third, and she'll eventually post the results on her blog.

My first pizza was inspired by a slice of pizza I had last year in San Francisco: Arugula pizza with fresh corn, cherry tomatoes and shredded mozarella.

Step 1: Microplane a few garlic cloves and mix with oil. Cover the stretched pizza dough with garlic/oil mixture, and lightly sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.


Step 2: Add arugula (make sure you wash it very well and get rid of all the extra liquid; you can also use spinach if you want)

Step 3: Add fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and top with more shredded mozzarella. Remember to season tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Bake the pizza at a preheated 500F degree oven for about 10 minutes. I baked mine on a cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. The final results are below: I was very happy! Jenn, who came over for the feast, said her mouth was very happy :)

The second pizza was inspired by my Plum, Gorgonzola, Red Onion and Pine Nuts Pizza. Unfortunately, turns out plums are out of season, so I had to make a few substitutions. Here are the pictures for Granny Smith Apple, Red Onions, Gorgonzola and Walnuts Pizza.

Step 1: Top the freshly made pizza dough with red onions, which were slowly cooked in oil and then "spiked up" with balsamic vinegar.

Step 2: Add thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples, Gorgonzola and toasted walnuts on top of the onions.

Step 3: Bake the pizza for about 10 min at 500F degrees. Let set slightly before cutting. Enjoy!

I wonder what is in store for the next challenge....

22 comments:

Candace said...

Oh yum! I love your carmelized onion pizza... Looks fantastic!

Nicole said...

Thank you!
Your pizzas look scrumptious!!

BlueToYou said...

mmm love the addition of corn!!!

Medhaa said...

pizza look great, love the caramalized onion one.

Arika said...

Yours look great! I'm so glad you commented on my blog. I would have TOTALLY forgotten otherwise. It's up now! I can' wait until I'm well again and can try your topping combos!

Arika
My Yummy Life

Esi said...

Nice job with the pizza! That second one looks great and I have a lot of those ingredients minus the cheese. I am going to consider that for my Halloween party. :)

Candice said...

That apple pizza looks awesome! Yum!

Mandy said...

both pizzas sound mouth-watering. Good job on the challenge. :)

Feng said...

Wow, they look amazing + very tasty too! ;o)

The Shulls said...

yummy!!! can i have a slice of your pizza... those look just fab!!!!!! I am drooling over the screen!!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog, I was in the process of posting the challenge when you visited --I have two little ones, so it's hard to do so first thing in the morning :)

Kathlyn said...

These pizzas are gorgeous. I usually can't eat apples (if they are raw, I have an allergic reaction) - thrilled to have another way to eat them cooked that doesn't involve apple sauce. Nice work - thanks Olga!

marion said...

yummy !!!!! the way you garnished your pizzas is so original !!!! Well done ;)

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

These look so yummy... Each and everyone is a winner :)

awoz said...

Very originla the pizza with the granny smith apple:) I like it!

cia007girl said...

what a fun and delicious night!

Tanya said...

Beautiful pizzas! I love how they're oddly shaped - that makes it look so rustic. Great work!

Claire said...

Nicely done! I wish I had had leftovers, because I'm still craving pizza from seeing everyone's posts ;)

Maggie said...

Great flavors in both pizzas! I have to try the microplaned garlic on the next pizza I make.

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Yuum! Both of your pizzas look amazing! Awesome job!

Jude said...

Very nice... the apple pizza looks fantastic.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What nice healthy-ish pizzas! Yum!

veggie belly said...

I adore arugula on pizza! But ive never had it baked with the pizza. The ones i've had an arugula salad on top of a finished pizza. I will absolutely try your method :)