This week I had the tremendous pleasure of doing an event with the Minnesota Food Bloggers. The group is held together with the love and sweat of Stephanie Meyer and includes 450 passionate food lovers. The group gets together about once a month to celebrate what is exciting and new in the Minneapolis food scene, which is growing larger and more exciting every day. Stephanie invited me to do a pizza class for the group, and I jumped at the chance. An excuse to hang out with this group and an opportunity to get them all tossing dough in the air and baking pizza. The venue was also a tremendous draw for me, we did this giant pizza party at the Kitchen in the Market. A fully equipped professional kitchen run by the sweet, sassy and talented duo Molly McDonald Herrmann and Tracy Morgan. Here is a lovely post of the party by Sarah Kieffer whose site The Vanilla Bean Blog is just beautiful.
We made dough from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day the kind made specifically for tossing high in the air. The dough for tossing is made with Bread Flour, so it is a bit stronger and can handle being thrown as high as you dare. The group has several folks who are on a gluten free diet, so we had our gluten free crust available to them. The g-f crust is tasty and makes a brilliant pizza, but can’t be tossed high in the air and needs to be handled in a different way from traditional dough. Below are our instructions for the no-fail gluten free crust. But, before I roll out the dough, I want to say a little about the toppings. There are some gifts that are priceless…so rare, so precious and so fleeting that they make you want to weep. Kathy Yerich, one of the partners of Rouge Pottery, brought me such a gift at the pizza party. She went foraging for morel mushrooms, ramps (spring onions) and nettles and brought them to me in a basket. The contents of this basket were almost too gorgeous to eat, but I managed and made this pizza, which my husband said “tastes like summer!” What a gift. (more…)
Check out the Apr/May issue of Fine Cooking Magazine to see the feature article Jeff and I wrote about making quick, easy and delicious pizzas. On news stands now!
The concept for these little pizza/tarts came from a family recipe. My cousin, Riad Nasr, is a world class chef and quite often the source of inspiration in my kitchen. He practices his craft in New York City at a line-up of crazy-popular restaurants including Pastis, Minetta Tavern and Balthazar. Several years ago he wrote the Balthazar cookbook and included a savory tart with herby caramelized onions and goat cheese. I made it and fell in love. When Jeff and I decided to write our Pizza book I knew this flavor combo would be fantastic as a pizza. I’ve made it in several classes that we’ve taught to rave reviews, so I thought I would make it with you here.
The key to this pizza is caramelizing the onions. You can speed up the process by using a slightly higher heat and adding a touch of sugar, but for this recipe we’re going the old fashion route and doing it slow. I admit this may take a few more than 5 minutes, but I think it’s worth it. For those of you looking for a speedier version you can find one on page 108 of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. (more…)
(photo by Mark Luinenburg) If you’ve read any of our books, you know that this particularly photogenic fruit (or is it a vegetable?) seems to have captured our imagination. After a year of perfecting the basic tomato/basil/mozzarella topping, I did (believe it or not) get tired of Pizza Margherita. Enter the smoky and savory roasted red pepper. (more…)
In addition to making pizza on superbowl sunday, I propose that you shake things up a bit with these Spiced Lamb Pitas. This is one of my favorite recipes in our new book. I love it for many reasons, but the story behind my first bite of Lahmacun is as rich as the bread itself.
I arrived in Istanbul with my husband and two sons (9 & 11 at the time), after a long trip from Minneapolis. As we entered into the city, with the sweetest cabby in the world, and the fastest driver I have ever seen, we realized we were not in the Midwest anymore. It was a feast of the senses. To say we were overwhelmed by the beauty, smells, sounds and traffic, would have been a gross understatement. No sooner had we put our bags down in the hotel, then the concierge called the room to say I had a “friend” waiting for me in the lobby. He whispered into the phone and said “Please, be careful of people who claim to be your friend in a new city.” His way of warning me about something. I didn’t know anyone in the city, and hadn’t made plans to meet up with anyone, so I heeded his warning and sent my husband to the lobby to find out who this mysterious “friend” might be. It was indeed a friend, a dear sweet woman named Serap, who I’d met in the States. She owns a delightful Turkish restaurant called Depot 62 in Manchester, Vermont. I had told her I’d be in Istanbul, asked her for tips on where to eat, but that was all I ever expected to hear. Here she was, the loveliest surprise in the world. She was visiting her sister in istanbul, and they took the day to give us a tour of the city. They fed us the most glorious foods and she introduced me to her favorite Turkish food; Lahmacun. I will never forget that day and this flatbread is forever linked with one of my most precious memories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
This thin pita is topped with Spiced lamb, quickly baked, so it is still soft, topped with chopped onions, parsley and a squeeze of lemon, then it is rolled up like a crepe. (more…)
(photo by Mark Luinenburg) It has been suggested to me that the real reason I like to throw pizza dough into the air when I teach a class is not because throwing the dough improves the pizza, but because I am an incorrigible show-off. I will neither confirm nor deny this beastly rumor. But having now thrown a lot of dough, I truly can say how beautifully it thins the dough and relaxes the gluten. There’s more on this in Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, but here are some photos a video that show how it’s done. (more…)
This week is Chanukah and it is all about frying our food, which brings me great joy. I am constantly trying to come up with something new to add to our menu of latkes, jelly doughnuts and all the other traditional fare. These savory doughnuts were inspired by the fried pizzas I had in Naples. We ate them as snacks during the day, to tide us over to the next pizza. Most of the pizzarias sold them outside their front doors to people waiting in long lines or folks on the run. Pizza dough stuffed with ricotta and deep friend; simple, but perfect. My boys love them stuffed with a variety of fillings, so use your imagination and create your own savory doughnuts. (more…)
The big day is here and we’re expecting a World Wide Riot of Pizzas for our #PizzaPartyin5! We will be compiling a list of all the food bloggers’ pizza posts below, so come back through the week to see what people are baking.
My kids did the rolling, tossing, topping and baking, with just a little help from dad. The greatest result of writing this pizza book has been watching my sons take over the kitchen. Put out a bunch of toppings, some balls of dough and watch them create. My oldest son has even made pizzas, start to finish, for his friends. It is a gift to teach kids to cook and pizza is the perfect place to begin, especially for pre-teen boys who resist being in the kitchen.
It is not to late to join the #PizzaPartyin5. Just make a pizza, take a picture and post it on Twitter or FB. Use the hashtag #PizzaPartyin5 and let us know where you have put the picture. You can find us on Twitter and FB at @ArtisanBreadin5 and @zoebakes. If you have done a post about your pizza we will RT it and add the link to the bottom of this page. (more…)
(photo by Stephen Gross)
When: November 15, 2011
Twitter Hosts: @ArtisanBreadin5 and @ZoeBakes
Please come– bake pizza from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day and tweet about it on November 15, 2011 (and through the weekend). Use the hashtag #PizzaPartyIn5 so we can re-tweet your pizzas. Looking for pizza party ideas? See our party video on YouTube? Bloggers, please include a link to your pizza posts and we’ll let the world know where to find you.
Zoe and I aren’t gluten-free, but some of our friends are, so our second and third books have a nice sampling of gluten-free doughs. The pizza above? A gluten-free Pear, Prosciutto, and Blue Cheese Pizza that we featured in the article we just wrote for Easy Eats Magazine (click here for a free sample download of the article). Easy Eats Magazine (EasyEats.com) is brand-new, and it’s specifically for gluten-free folks– there’s no wheat in this magazine. Our article isn’t just about pizza– there’s bread, breadsticks, pannetone muffins, and challah. We’re thrilled to be part of the inaugural issue!