Margarita Pizza, Creamy Risotto & Chocolate Tart

Recipe below pictures:

BEST PIZZA CRUST RECIPE

Ingredients: 25 gr fresh baker yeast 1 tsp sugar 1 ½ cup, (3 dl) water 4 cups (500 gr) unbleached, bread, or all-purpose flour, chilled 2 tsp salt 1/4 cup (0,5 dl) olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Put the yeast and sugar into a small bowl. Add the water. Mix it all up until the dry yeast dissolves and leave it for about 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, sift flour into a large bowl and add salt. Once the yeast is ready, pour it into the bowl with the flour.
  3. Mix the flour / yeast until it’s not coming together anymore – you’ll probably find that it’s sticking together in clumps but not into one big clump. Add a little more of  warm water if necessary and some olive oil and keep mixing until it starts forming into one mass.
  4. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and start kneading it by hand. Make sure you make lots of pulling and tearing motions to really break up the glutens in the dough. If it’s still a bit dry.  If it’s sticking to your hands sprinkle on a little flour. You should end up with a smooth springy dough after about 5 minutes of kneading.
  5. Coat the dough ball with a thin layer of olive oil, and place it in the bottom of a large mixing bowl which has also been coated on the inside with olive oil. Stretch a piece of kitchen film over the top of the bowl and set it in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise, undisturbed, for 30 minutes. Take the raised dough mass out of the bowl and cut it in half with a knife. Take the raw dough portions and separately pat them down flat on a cutting board to press out and release the air that has developed inside them.
  6. Working with the dough at room temperature, roll out each dough ball into  thick circle, (35 cm) in diameter. “Pan” the dough into a pizza pan, then let the panned dough “proof” for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan before adding your best pizza  sauce, cheese and toppings.

BEST PIZZA SAUCE RECIPE

Ingredients: 2 1/2 tb olive oil 1 finely chopped onion 1 finely chopped garlic 500 gr Italian plum  tomatoes, coarsely chopped, undrained 2 tb tomato puree (level) 2  tsp dried oregano (crumbled) 20 fresh basil leaves finely cut 2 ts sugar (scant) 2  ts salt freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Pour olive oil into a large skillet, and place over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and using your hands, squeeze tomatoes to crush them adding them to the warm olive oil, along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, breaking up tomatoes with a wooden spoon, and  simmer  until the sauce is thick ( 10\15 min).
  3. Season the pizza with this sauce adn shredded fresh mozzarella, then cook in hot oven for 20 minutes

RISOTTO CON ZAFFERANO E ZUCCHINE

600 g.  Italian   Rice ( arborio or any other starchy typology)

6  green zucchini

6 tbs olive oil

2 bags of  saffron

120 gr parmesan cheese

2 white onions

2 garlic cloves

Fresh made vegetable stock (made by boiling in  water fresh vegetables and herbs)

1 glass  dry white wine

OliIve oil – salt – pepper

Sauté the chopped onions in 3 tbs olive oil until transparent, add the rice and cook it with the onions until toasted,  add the wine & let it evaporate. In another frying pan sauté  the zucchini cut in very small cubes with the crushed garlic unil soft, then add them to the rice and keep on cooking for a couple of minutes and  start adding  the fresh vegetable   stock, little at time. Always keep the rice covered with the stock and let it simmer over medium flame for about 20\22 min.

Just  before the rice is fully cooked   add the saffron by melting it in a cup of stock,  then add salt and pepper.

Turn off the flame and add the rest of  olive oil and grated parmesan cheese.

Serve with fresh basil leaves and fresh pepper.

DARK CHOCOLATE TART

Ingredients

For the chocolate pastry

  • 225 g flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 150 g butter, cubed
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds only (optional)
  • egg, lightly beaten

For the chocolate filling

  • 250 ml fresh cream
  • 80 ml milk
  • 300 g dark chocolate, (minimum 70% cocoa), roughly chopped
  • eggs
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Method

  1. For the pastry:sift the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar and vanilla seeds. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
    2. Gradually mix in the egg until the dough just comes together (you may not need all the egg). Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling film and rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
    3. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out into a circle slightly larger than a 24cm flan ring. Use the rolling pin to lift the dough and carefully drape it into the tin. Gently press the dough down into the corners of the tin and trim off any excess. Chill for 15 minutes.
    4. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the pastry case with a piece of greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake blind in the oven for 25 minutes then remove the baking beans and paper and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    5. For the chocolate filling:  Pour the cream and milk into a pan and bring to scalding point.
    6. Pour the hot cream and milk over the chocolate pieces and mix quickly and firmly, using a small balloon whisk, until you have a smooth, glossy mixture. Beat in the eggs and sugar then pour the mixture into the cooled pastry case. Let sit  and serve cold.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s