Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pazzo for Pizza!!!

Hello, all, and another Daring Bakers' Challenge is completed... Now, I didn't think we'd have ANY problems with this challenge because we make our own pizza dough all. the. time. but a Whole Wheat dough instead and our technique is different than what was required for this challenge...

First of all, we used our trusty KitchenAid to take care of all the kneading, and the instructions said that the dough should clear the sides but stick to the bottom of the bowl so that in the end, the dough should be sticky... And we were all good until the next day when it was time to work with the dough again...

We prepped the dough as instructed, flattening them to a 5 inch-ish circle and letting them rest for 2 hours under cover of plastic wrap... and then came the REAL challenge, and we SO wanted to video this part for our own amusement and yours! We were supposed to toss the dough like a pizzaiolo, BUT! -----

My hands were floured all over but the dough was just too wet and when I placed it on my hands it just stretched and ripped... I re-rooled the dough in a little more flour and tried again, but it just kept ripping, so there are no photos or video of this... We ended up just shaping the dough by hand on the board like we've always done...

Then on to the toppings!!! For the first, we topped it with our favorite jarred marinara from Food Emporium, then turkey pepperoni, a combination of soy cheddar and soy jalapeno cheeses, some cooked chicken, and finally a little more cheese... For the second, I wanted to try a simple margherita with the same sauce as before, and then soy mozzarella and fresh basil...

These baked up SOOOOOOO nicely in such a hot oven and in SUCH a short time, too!!! We finished too late to try them fresh out of the oven, but they were still yummy warmed for lunch today... All in all a great, not-as-simple-as-you'd-expect challenge, but the end result was just as delicious! and NOW, the photos...

PIzza 1

PIzza 2

Pizza 5

Pizza 6 - Margherita

Pizza 7 - Chicken Pepperoni

5 comments:

sleepingbearinthekitchen said...

It's a shame you were too tired to try em fresh from the oven...as good as they were warmed for lunch the next day, I am sure they would have been even more to your liking hot and steaming from the oven. Yea it was a bit of a finicky dough but well worth another go.

Dragon said...

It may have been late but they look amazing!

HoneyB said...

You pizzas look great! Both of them!

~Amber~ said...

Your pizzas look delicious! I do hope you try tossing dough sometime. It was so much fun! Great job on the challenge.

creampuff said...

Very nicely done! Haven't tried whole wheat pizza dough yet but will have to try it one day ...