Results and conclusion are mixed. I tried the olive oil dough recipe from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day ” and it was great. Texture, flavor, appearance, couldn’t be beat. However, it was my first time using this method with the pizza stone and a peel. That’s where I ran into trouble. The assembled pizza is supposed to slip off of the peel onto the stone. HA! Not mine. I used plenty of cornmeal as recommended, but it wasn’t budging. It took my daughter and I three spatulas and four hands and we lifted it off and it was all bunched up and messy, but it came out tasting great. Sauce, cheeze, caramelized onion, sauteed mushrooms and green peppers, and sausage chunks. Oh my, it was good. Ugly, but good. Husband pronounced that he’d never had a better pizza anywhere. How can you ask for more praise than than that? He cut his own slices (I was busy making the 2nd one) and then blamed me for making him eat too much.:) No photos are available of the ugly pizza.
Julee put together the 2nd one, which was a Florentine pizza. We had only slightly more luck getting the pizza off the peel, but it did look pretty good when done.
Isn’t it beautiful? A work of art and quite tasty. This one had (no sauce) mozzarella, feta, ricotta, spinach, sliced fresh plum tomatoes and Italian herbs.
To make two pizzas you really need two peels and two stones, which is, of course, ridiculous for an occasional pizza maker, so I will either not make it when we have guests (oh the mess–I had dough, flour and cornmeal EVERYwhere)–or find a way to make the crusts ahead and partially bake them before freezing them. I will need to figure out how much to pre-bake them and how to finish them. So much to think about, but it would be such fun to invite my guests over for a pizza party and have all sorts of toppings ready to go so they can put together whatever they are in the mood for, as we did today.
Yes, I know I can buy ready made pizza crusts or frozen dough, but then, it’s not MY homemade pizza. Just have to figure out how important that is to me. I was kind of liking my own crust.