Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stovetop pizza

Yes, I admit, it has been a very long time since I've written a food post. Shame on me! The reason? Since December of last year, we have been hopping between the city and The House in the country.

Originally, we were in a service apartment and did a little bit of basic cooking, but it was difficult what with me not being in my own kitchen, with all my own spices, tools and equipment.

Then we moved into a small, basement apartment (it was cheaper!) and this one has NO kitchen. I have a small electric hot plate that I use occasionally for soup and ramen noodles, and that's it. There has been no cooking in that apartment.

We're home for the week and I'm living it up by cooking up a storm.

I found this recipe on how to cook a pizza on the stovetop on Facebook and thought I'd try it. I always love an easy way to make the dough for pizza.

Here's the recipe for the pizza:

  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • Pizza toppings

  • In a large flat based, vertical sides fry pan, mix base ingredients all together and level out in pan
  • Top with toppings - tomato sauce, cheese, etc.
  • Cover with lid or tin foil (if you don't have a lid) for 5 minutes, with vents shut. Cook on medium heat
  • After 5 minutes, open vents or put slits in the tin foil to vent it, cook for another 12 minutes
  • After 12 minutes, take it off the heat
  • Turn grill on high and put pan under the grill for 5 minutes to brown the tops of the cheese (the cheese melts and gets gooey but doesn't brown in the pan)
  • Once the cheese has browned, remove from grill, leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then slice and serve
  • Enjoy

I learned a few things about making this pizza and I thought I'd share it with you:

  • It's as tasty as you want to make it, cos you can pretty much put whatever toppings you like on it.
  • You can put the toppings right to the edge and it cooks without spilling over because of the sides of the pan. Very nice. I like that a lot.
  • The original recipe says 10 minutes vented, I did 12. I think it cooked it better. Also, if you put a lot of cheese (which I did!) it may take longer to melt all the cheese.
  • The original recipe doesn't say anything about putting the pizza under the grill to brown the cheese, that's something I like to do.
  • The pizza tastes more like a deep dish pizza in texture rather than a thin crust pizza but I liked it.
  • The video (see below) recommends you buy their pan, but seriously, the pan is over $200. I made do with my own non stick pan.
  • The video doesn't say, but you want to cook on medium heat.
  • Do not heat the pan prior to mixing ingredients. Do not mix ingredients over heat. Mix ingredients first, then put it on heat.
Will I make this again? Yes, I will. I liked it a lot. I particularly like the idea of making my own dough in a no fuss kind of way.

If you don't want to follow the written recipe above, you can also watch the Facebook video:

Let me know if you decide to make this pizza. I'd love to know how you did. Post a picture and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter to I can see what you made.

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