Tuesday, October 21, 2008
i could lie and tell you i baked this pizza today. but i will save my lies for more important things. really i made this pizza last week, or maybe even the week before. it's still relevant enough to post, however, because it was good. really good. for homemade pizza, that is. it's funny... most foods taste so much more amazing home baked or homemade, but for some reason pizza is one of those foods that is really hard to make taste as good as it does when it's cheap, fast, greasy. you know, the kind that take off years of your life with all the grease & processed whatever is on it. like Uncle Fatih's pizza on Broadway just off Commercial. (if you live in Vancouver & have not tried Uncle Fatihs - most often pronounced 'uncle fatty's' - you really most definitely have to try it.) i think i've strayed from my point. oh yes, homemade pizza. it wasn't amazing, but it was good. and i made it all from scratch so i think it's worth posting about.
i got the recipe for the crust from Bread & Honey, my favorite food blog currently, & just put on my own toppings. although i just checked the blog again & it seems they got their pizza crust recipe from Vegan Planet, so i guess i technically got the recipe from Vegan Planet. i made my own pizza sauce too, since i had apparently forgotten that i had used my canned pizza sauce already, but it's been too long for me to remember what the heck i did.
the pizza crust was fairly easy, but because it needed to rise for an hour, it's not as easy as take out or freezer pizza. (but better for you). i don't feel like copying the recipe, so if you really want to make it, click on the link i so lovingly created at the beginning of this paragraph.
one thing i really liked about Bread & Honey's pizza blog post was their suggestion of sprinkling cornmeal & ground pepper on the pan before laying the dough on top. it gives the baked crust a really great texture, & looks & tastes good too. their other suggestion was that you can put whatever the heck you want on the pizza (they call it 'everything but the kitchen sink pizza' - clever). i put on sauteed bell peppers, browned ground beef, artichokes, cheddar, parmesan.
i probably won't make pizza very often, but when i do make it again it will definitely be worth it, because it's really 4 meals in one. i shared with my brother, then took pizza for lunch the next day, and the day after. that was definitely worth the bit of time & effort needed to make homemade pizza.