Celebratory Pizza

Saturday.  Buoyed by Scotland’s unlikely win against England in the rugby this afternoon, a jubilant D has volunteered to make us a celebratory pizza for tonight’s dinner.  His last attempt, though very tasty, was a bit doughy and heavy.  Can he perfect it tonight? 

17:30 - He’s making the sauce and garlicky aromas are wafting through the house.  Now, this part was absolutely perfect last time.  In fact, I thought his tomato sauce was better than the version that I’ve been making for years and it’s far simpler to make. 

Tomato Sauce for Pizza and Pasta

1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Small handful of basil, torn up

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

  • Warm the oil in a small pan over a medium low heat.
  • Add the garlic and fry gently until starting to turn golden.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves.  Stir well and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

18:00 - Sauce is ready and I got to taste it.  Yummy.

18:03 – My kitchen is trembling.  He’s about to make the dough.  The work surfaces are still raw from being scrubbed to a flour free state (by me, can I add) last time pizza dough was made. 

18:05 – D has just shouted at me for repeatedly calling out “What are you doing now?”  Apparently it’s distracting.  Wonder how he’s going to react when I start taking pictures?

Pizza Dough Recipe

D is following a recipe identical to the one found here.  For visual instructions, click here. 

18:24 – The dough is coming together nicely.  D appears to be mellowing as he has not reacted at all to me hovering around with my camera. 

18:30 – The dough is resting.  D is covered in flour and is leaving a trail of white powder wherever he goes.

 18:50 – Oven’s on.  Dough’s being rolled.  Toppings are chopped.  Tonight we’re having chorizo, red onion and mozzarella. 

18:55 – Oh, it’s all looking wonderful.  I’m starving. 

19:05 – Disaster has struck.  One pizza went in the oven, no problem.  The second, which is D’s, stuck to the work surface.  Our attempts to move it have resulted in a mangled mess.  It’s in the oven anyway. 

19:20 – Time to eat! 

Pizza number one looks like this -

 Pizza number two (no giggling, now) looks like this -

20:00  – Both pizzas tasted fantastic.  I’m stuffed and the kitchen is covered in flour.  It’s going to have to stay that way until tomorrow as we’re off to the pub. 

Enjoy your weekend!

27 thoughts on “Celebratory Pizza

  1. Great post, Wendy! I always love to hear about the ‘disasters’ as well as the successes in the kitchen – most reassuring. I still think that second pizza looks pretty good though and I bet it tasted delicious!

  2. LOL! Who got the honor of eating the ummmm….not so pretty pizza? Red onions on pizza are my favorite. Can’t wait until tomatoes are in season. There is nothing like fresh basil, red onions, and fresh tomatoes!

  3. Way to go D !!! They look great and tasty and have the perfect toppings! At least with photo number 2 we know you did not cheat and photo a store bought pizza :) It looks very rustic! Probably tasted better than the first one!
    Well done! Now I am craving home made pizza! It is always the best!

  4. Oh, I just love homemade pizza. Nothing like stuffing your face with piping hot dough and melty cheese. Yum! By the way, I had the stick problem for ages until someone told me to use parchment on the work surface under the round of dough. That way you can just slide the whole thing, parchment and all, into the oven. The crust still gets crisp and no more worrying about trying to push it off the work surface. This trick has been a lifesaver for my pizzas, which suffered the same reluctance to jump in the oven. :)

  5. I’m not giggling at the 2nd pizza – I am giggling at the ‘small boys in the park, jumpers for goal posts’ style commentary. (I assume you have seen the Fast Show). Great post!

    Glad to see celebrations in full swing – E was pleased to hear the news on the rugby – but I wish he would celebrate by baking pizza – then the win would mean a lot more the me :-)

  6. I’m sure they both tasted great! Next time, you might try putting each pizza on a piece of lightly floured parchment paper and transferring it, paper and all, onto the baking tray.

  7. I have serious pizza cravings now and I blame you! They look so good. I bet the second one tasted as great as the first although it didn’t look so great. Top marks for nabbing the intact one for yourself!

  8. Antonia – I like to hear about disasters too. Tend to get grumpy when they happen to me though!

    Joel – Ah, silpat looks like a handy item in the kitchen.

    Claire – Thanks from D!

    Tunesia – I got the pretty one. :)

    Deb – I’m not usually that fussed about pizza but these were really great!

    Maninas – D is a chorizo addict. Chorizo with everything!

    Cookworm – Will pass the idea on to D. Sounds very sensible. :)

    Holler – Yes, the language was a bit blue that night.

    Johanna – Glad it made you laugh. :)

    Rosa – You’re the second person to suggest that. Don’t know why we didn’t think about it…

    Helen – It was luck, actually. I had less cheese and more onion on mine and we put it into the oven first. By the time we got to putting the second pizza in the oven it had attached itself to the surface.

  9. Yes, I was rather chuffed that Scotland won, too. Pizza is a great celebratory meal.

    Hilarious! But not laughing at D. Am just thinking about how the boys around here would cope if I put the camera on them while they made pizza…he he.

  10. Sara – It’s even worse when it falls onto the bottom of the oven and burns. I hate cleaning the oven!

    Rosie – It’s D who should be admired for allowing me to do so. :)

    Lucy – D was partly incredulous and partly irritated. Now, he loves to see all the comments though.

    Mike – Thank you! Let me know how you get on!

  11. I think I’ll give that sauce and dough a try – looks good! I appreciate that a lot of your recipes use simple ingredients. Great blog!

  12. Great Big Veg Challenge – My nieces love making them too but up until now I’ve always used naan bread as a base. They are going to freak next time when we make the bases too. :)

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