Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shiitake and Basil Pizza

Pascal was our chef just before school got out for fall break.  He tells us he got up at 5 AM to make this wonderful pizza.

1 cake yeast
1 1/3 c warm water
  • Dissolve yeast in water for 5 minutes.
4 C sifted flour
1 t salt
  • Mix together in large bowl.
2 T olive oil
yeast and water mixture you made earlier
  • Add to the flour and salt mixture, stirring until you can't stir any more.  
  • Turn out onto counter and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Cover with damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  • Pat and stretch dough onto two oiled pizza pans or (unoiled) pizza stones, pinching up a collar around the edges to hold the filling.
  • Prick dough in about 6 places.
  • Spread each pizza with:
pizza sauce
mozzerella cheese
sliced shiitake
basil leaves
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Let pizza rest for 10 minutes while the oven is preheating.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, until light brown.

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