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Pizza Basilea

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Okay, it depends on how big your pizzas pan is. If its really big, use more ingredients, if smaller, you can adjust down. You can also adjust base don your taste and play with the recipe anyway you like. It's pizza!!! That means it's fun. You can change it, try something new, try something creative. Just have fun.

Ingredients for dough

USUSMetricMetric
1 cup 2 tbs
2 cups 205 g 300 g unbleached flour (can also be a mix of unbleached and whole wheat or spelt)
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried
1.5 tsp dried
20 g fresh 30 g fresh yeast
1/3 cup 1 cup 180 ml 245 ml warm water 110º F/45º C
2 tbs 4 tbs 2 tbs 3 tbs olive oil

 

Ingredients for tomato sauce

1 1/2 to 3 tbs olive oil

2 to 5) cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 pinch of rosemary

1 pinch of chilly flakes

1 cans of pealed, diced tomatoes

2 tbs tomato paste

salt (to taste)

1 tsp Italian herb mix

dash of Balsamic vinegar

 

Ingredients, Decoration(s) & flavors

2-3 tbs capers, rinsed

200 g fresh mushrooms

50 g pitted black olives

10-15 artichoke hearts, cut into pieces

mozzarella

fresh ground pepper

arugula leaves (rucola)

 

Preparation

Prepare the dough:

Mix flours with salt in a large bowl.  Make a well in the center.

Dissolve yeast with warm water and pour into the well.

Add the olive oil and mix all.

Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).

Put the dough in a clean bowl, sprayed with olive oil, and cover with a clean, damp dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 30 min to 1 hour.

Meanwhile make the sauce:

Roast the garlic in 1 tbs olive oil – I add some chili flakes for spice and rosemary.

Add the tomato paste and the pealed tomatoes and simmer. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar at the end.

Make the pizza:

Take the dough and work it with your hands into a flat thin piece, maybe use a roller for help. Distribute on a lightly oiled baking tray and let it rise again.

Spray surface of dough with very little olive oil (prevents soggy pizza) and distribute tomato sauce over it.

Add all other ingredients except the arugula.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 500ºF (260ºC) until the crust looks nicely browned.

Sprinkle the pizza with the fresh arugula or fresh, chopped basil and serve.

 

This video on You Tube has helpful tips:

This is a good YouTube video on how to make a pizza

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