Thursday, March 01, 2007

Italy at home...

It was a Wednesday when I was in the mood to pause from working( researching on my products for my "soon to open cafe") and put together a simple Italian menu for an ordinary day. Italian? Yes there is Pizza, salad and Tiramisu. I prepared the pizza dough, which also by the way is the easiest and easy to store dough among the bread doughs. Nothing really compares to knowing breads, that you can actually use “Straight mixing method” . I rested the dough for half an hour, punch the dough to degas, stored it in the fridge and prebaked it for an hour. A thin and crispy pizza dough is what I’ve always wanted so I pre-baked it for 45 minutes. Put the the filling and baked it further for 15 minutes at 350 F. Mom insisted to prepare the filling, and I tell you she’s got the talent of being a chef. I salute my mom for her great talent in everything not to mention, she is a very good architect and interior designer. I guesss I’d rather give her the job of putting the pizza together. It was a success. The crust was crispy, thin, the cheese oozed out as I took a bite of the pizza. The spicyness of the anchovies complimented the sweetness of the pizza sauce and the freshly tossed salad in the Tangy Garlic Dressing.

Pizza Dough

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 c. warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. salad oil
2 1/2 c. flour Topping :spaghetti sauce sugar salt pepper onions bell peppers quickmelt cheese mozzarella cheese spicy anchovies Basil leaves
Dinner would not be complete without the perfect ender-“Tiramisu”, people have different versions of the cake. The first thing that comes into mind when I here the word Tiramisu is mascarpone mousse and ladyfingers. Yes it is famous for mascarpone and coffee flavor. It is very easy to make this refrigerator cake but since I feel guilty not making my own ladyfingers, well I did made it for the evening.
It was all worth the effort. Thanks mom ,dad, and my Jiggy for the wonderful time. Wait till I get that mood to create another experience.