Monday, August 1, 2016

A pizza night

Pizza, anyone?
Living full-time aboard cooking is one of the most challenging tasks. We're always concern about the power we spend, money spent on ingredients and how long to store it but we still need some comfort food. Sure, if we live on land a pizza won't be baked at home because it's the easiest fast food we can order to be delivered at our door. However, living on the boat made me able to cook many types of food, adapting according to the local fresh products which make me almost forget to cook Thai food because of the price tag!

So I would like to share the recipe that we use to make the pizza dough. We don't have a round pizza tray, we use the oven tray that came with the boat oven and it works just the same for us. We don't have a pastry roller, I use the handle of the mortar or a wine bottle. The thickness of the dough depends on how you want it, the more you make the best to know what is the right one for your tray and oven temperature. I spread olive oil on the tray without baking sheet, it gives a feeling like we bake bread. When we are on the Dutch islands, mozzarella cheese is expensive so I change to use a hard dutch cheese. It gives the same great taste and feeling, plus I save some money! Also, on the French islands we used Emental cheese and shred it by ourselves.

This recipe doesn't require too much skills or technique, even Asian like me could make gourmet pizza on my own on board our “Dee”! 

2 1/2 cup of bread flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 cup of warm water
1 package of active dry yeast (0.25 ounce) 

1. Preheat oven to 230 degree C
2. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until it's foamy (around 15 minutes).
3. Mix flour, salt and olive oil then stir in the yeast. Beat until smooth.
4.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll thinly into the shape and size of your tray. Transfer the dough to the tray greased with olive oil. Put the toppings you need and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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