It was a perfect weekend to hibernate and play with my newest kitchen toys....the bread machine and the pizza stone. I must admit that Salvatore's down the street will not be hiring me to make pizzas there. That said...I was looking through one of my favorite cookbooks (Jamie's Italy) for a better pizza sauce than the one I used from a jar and there it was...2 full pages of 8 equally misshapen pizzas! So now I'll just call my creations "Rustic" Pizzas!
I must admit, the smell of dough rising was lovely and even more so on Saturday when I made these Heavenly Herb Rolls.
By then I was not quite as anxious, but let's back up to Friday for a bit. Actually, I think Lucille Ball took over my kitchen!
I read all the instructions before starting...so far so good. I put the ingredients into the breadmaker in the correct order, double & triple checking myself and let it do its work for an hour and a half. Still fine....and then it says to lightly flour your counter to roll out the dough. Done! In the meantime, I'm heating up the pizza stone and organizing my toppings...this time a simple red store bought pizza sauce, pepperoni, sliced mushrooms and slices of red onions, and grated mozzarella cheese. I actually bought bocconcini balls to tear up and layer on top, but I forgot them in my craziness. Still fine and pretty organized and now....
Enter Lucille....The instructions on the pizza stone box says to use a pizza peel (I have no idea what that is) but it also said I could use parchment paper on the peel to transfer directly to the stone. So I started stretching the dough, rolling the dough, nothing's going well, so I started holding the dough up and letting gravity help me....can you say "HOLES"? Well, I worked the first batch way too long trying to get it round and big enough for the stone. So I ended up throwing it out, but second one was a little better - at least I stopped playing with it. And quickly added the toppings...a light layer of sauce, sprinkling of dried oregano, fresh minced garlic, mushrooms, pepperoni & onion slices nicely arranged, and then the cheese on top. Not bad after the first dough fiasco and we're ready to transfer to the pizza stone...or are we?
First of all, how could I possibly imagine that I could lift or shift this concoction over to the pizza stone? It wouldn't slide off the parchment, so I tried to lift one side and somehow ended up with a very large, very messy calzone! Well, at least it was on the center of the pizza stone. I could already hear it sizzling and cooking so I worked quickly to get the sides back down on the stone and rearrange the toppings (try that without burning yourself). Exhausting!!! Scary!!! and boy did I need that glass of wine!
By the way, the rolls were heavenly!
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