Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dinner with Devin: Pizza & Pudding

My sister, Devin, lives with me and makes helps me do DIY projects and create food from scratch.  Tonight Sammit is working and it's just us and the pets so we decided to make a chicken artichoke white pizza and chocolate pudding for dessert.

Chicken-Artichoke White Pizza

I've been working with a few pizza crusts.  Tonight I chose this one because it is simple and only takes about an hour from proofing yeast to laying on toppings.  This dough makes two big pizzas for us so I usually divide it after the first rise and freeze half*.
Look at that browning!
Dough - Ingredients
7g or 1 packet of dry active yeast
235ml or 1 cup warm water (110-115 (F))
200g or 1 1/2 cups white flour (bread flour for a crisper crust, AP for a chewier crust)
75g or 1/2 cup wheat flour (you can use all white if you'd like)
30ml or 2 Tbs olive oil
6g or 1 tsp salt
8g or 2 tsp honey

Dough - Directions
1. Proof yeast in warm water with honey for 10 minutes.  Add olive oil.
2. Combine flour and salt, then mix in wet ingredients and combine into a loose dough.
3. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes or until the dough passes the windowpane test.
4. Form into a ball and let rise in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a tea towel for 30 minutes.
5. Halve the dough and roll out onto a stone/lightly oiled pan.  Note: if your pizza dough always springs back and won't roll out - let it rest for 5 minutes and try again, repeat as needed.  The gluten needs time to relax.

Pizza - Ingredients
Pizza Dough, rolled out
Enough olive oil to brush the crust's face-up side
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful of good ricotta cheese (whey squeezed out)
1/2 lb. shredded brick cheese (we used "brick" an italian pizza cheese with a lot of flavor but mozzarella works well, too).
1 handful of chicken (shredded/sliced, baked/grilled)
1 handful of artichoke hearts
Big pinch of oregano or italian or pizza seasoning

Pizza - Directions
1. Preheat oven to 500 (F).
2. Brush out enough olive oil to lightly over the dough.
3. Spread remaining ingredients evenly starting with garlic, then ricotta, chicken, artichokes, shredded cheese.
4. Pop pizza in the oven, turn oven down to 400 (F) and bake for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Pudding
I used a quick chocolate pudding recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  It was delicious - light but very rich.  I want to experiment using natural sweeteners (honey or maple syrup) but I thought I'd take it as is first.  I made the mistake of subbing the whole milk for 2 parts skim milk and 1 part half & half.  I didn't have whole milk and didn't want to buy any, but the pudding ended up kind of thin instead.

*When it's time to use the frozen dough, simply take it out of the freezer container and let it thaw/rise for 30 minutes, then proceed as normal.

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