Beef Salami and Pineapple Pizza

Reading this month challenge was like reading a law related  contract for me, because the first time I red it, it was too quick and I tought to my self… what so special about making pizza dough (I mean I looove pizza, who doesn’t? but pizza challenge??) then I red it thoroughly words by words  and BAM!!! It says you have to try to TOSS your dough?  My mind played rewind of this episode of Martha Stewart invites all the American national pizza tossing champions (people were tossing dough with acrobatic movements)… and because of that I almost caved in, but I didn’t… I didn’t succeed either in my first time tossing pizza, but at least I tried.

The pizza was anyway delicious and crunchy, just the way I like it, thin crust with tomato garlic paste, beef salami, pineapple and mozzarella toppings.

Thank’s to Rosa for another learning experience🙂

~ BASIC PIZZA DOUGH ~
Original recipe taken from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” by Peter Reinhart.

Makes 6 pizza crusts (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter).

Ingredients:
4 1/2 Cups (20 1/4 ounces/607.5 g) Unbleached high-gluten (%14) bread flour or all purpose flour, chilled –
1/4 Cup (2 ounces/60g) Olive oil or vegetable oil (both optional, but it’s better with)
1 3/4 Cups (14 ounces/420g or 420ml) Water, ice cold (40° F/4.5° C)
1 Tb sugar –
Semolina/durum flour or cornmeal for dusting

DAY ONE

Method:
1. Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast in a big bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer).

2. Add the oil, sugar and cold water and mix well (with the help of a large wooden spoon or with the paddle attachment, on low speed) in order to form a sticky ball of dough. On a clean surface, knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are homogeneously distributed. If it is too wet, add a little flour (not too much, though) and if it is too dry add 1 or 2 teaspoons extra water.

NOTE: If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for the same amount of time.The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, sprinkle in a little more flour, so that it clears the sides. If, on the contrary, it clears the bottom of the bowl, dribble in a teaspoon or two of cold water.
The finished dough should be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky, and register 50°-55° F/10°-13° C.

3. Flour a work surface or counter.  Line a jelly pan with baking paper/parchment. Lightly oil the paper.

4. With the help of a metal or plastic dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you want to make larger pizzas).

NOTE: To avoid the dough from sticking to the scraper, dip the scraper into water between cuts.

5. Sprinkle some flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them.  Gently round each piece into a ball.

NOTE: If the dough sticks to your hands, then dip your hands into the flour again.

6. Transfer the dough balls to the lined jelly pan and mist them generously with spray oil. Slip the pan into plastic bag or enclose in plastic food wrap.

7. Put the pan into the refrigerator and let the dough rest overnight or for up to thee days.

NOTE: You can store the dough balls in a zippered freezer bag if you want to save some of the dough for any future baking. In that case, pour some oil(a few tablespooons only) in a medium bowl and dip each dough ball into the oil, so that it is completely covered in oil. Then put each ball into a separate bag. Store the bags in the freezer for no longer than 3 months. The day before you plan to make pizza, remember to transfer the dough balls from the freezer to the refrigerator.

DAY TWO

8. On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator. Dust the counter with flour and spray lightly with oil. Place the dough balls on a floured surface and sprinkle them with flour. Dust your hands with flour and delicately press the dough into disks about 1/2 inch/1.3 cm thick and 5 inches/12.7 cm in diameter. Sprinkle with flour and mist with oil. Loosely cover the dough rounds with plastic wrap and then allow to rest for 2 hours.

9. At least 45 minutes before making the pizza, place a baking stone on the lower third of the oven.  Preheat the oven as hot as possible (500° F/260° C).

NOTE: If you do not have a baking stone, then use the back of a jelly pan. Do not preheat the pan.

10. Generously sprinkle the back of a jelly pan with semolina/durum flour or cornmeal. Flour your hands (palms, backs and knuckles). Take 1 piece of dough by lifting it with a pastry scraper. Lay the dough across your fists in a very delicate way and carefully stretch it by bouncing it in a circular motion on your hands, and by giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss.

NOTE: Make only one pizza at a time.
During the tossing process, if the dough tends to stick to your hands, lay it down on the floured counter and reflour your hands, then continue the tossing and shaping.
In case you would be having trouble tossing the dough or if the dough never wants to expand and always springs back, let it rest for approximately 5-20 minutes in order for the gluten to relax fully,then try again.
You can also resort to using a rolling pin, although it isn’t as effective as the toss method.

11. When the dough has the shape you want (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter – for a 6 ounces/180g piece of dough), place it on the back of the jelly pan, making sure there is enough semolina/durum flour or cornmeal to allow it to slide and not stick to the pan.

12. Lightly top it with sweet or savory toppings of your choice.

bake for about 5-8 minutes.

NOTE: Remember that the best pizzas are topped not too generously. No more than 3 or 4 toppings (including sauce and cheese) are sufficient.

13. Slide the garnished pizza onto the stone in the oven or bake directly on the jelly pan. Close the door and bake for abour 5-8 minutes.

14. Take the pizza out of the oven and transfer it to a cutting board or your plate. In order to allow the

cheese to set a little, wait 3-5 minutes before slicing or serving.

  1. Nice looking ‘za! Glad you enjoyed the challenge.

    • Y
    • October 29th, 2008

    I would’ve loved to see the pizza tossing champions doing their thing! Probably could’ve learned a thing or two at the same time!🙂 Your pizza looks great!

  2. Who thought tossing would be so hard?!

  3. I think your pizzas look great!

  4. What a wonderful pizza! Very well done!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Wow..lovely looking pizza. Well done !!!

  6. Those are GREAT tossing pictures. I love your topping ideas. Great job!

  7. I love the toss photos! Your pizza looks great and the toppings sound delicious!

  8. I had a hard time with the tossing too. The pizza was still delicious though. Yours looks amazing! Great job!

    • prettyashley
    • October 30th, 2008

    yum, pineapple! that sounds delicious!

  9. aha!! another thing to learn, zit! hehehe.

  10. The pizza looks beautiful! I really love the first pic. And hey, at least you were brave enough to try to toss the pizza! Mine would probably have fallen flat on my face😛

  11. Give me a slice pleaseeeee🙂

  12. I think we all learned from this one! Wonderful one you made!

  13. It’s a bit of an acquired taste, but pineapple pizza tastes great to me. Thanks for the recipe and the reminder!

  14. Pineapple on pizza is underrated. Yours looks awesome!

    • ichaawe
    • November 4th, 2008

    sluuuurrrp…. pizza lovers niy gw

    • ‘Nin
    • November 6th, 2008

    Melihat slice yang tertutupi oleh pineapple…
    slurp…
    yummy…

  15. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit
    my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

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