Archive for June, 2014

Postscript to cooking tip

June 23, 2014

By the way, having written the “recipe” for fast pizza in fun following a cooking disaster, it occurs to me that with the right topping, quite a savoury one maybe, it could really make a nice alternative to pizza bread as a nibble before a meal etc. The bits that stick to the top shelf harden and come off fairly easily, and if the pan beneath is lined with foil (preferably oiled with olive oil to prevent sticking) then no major cleaning up should be needed. Is putting a frozen soft dough on a top shelf and letting it drip off during baking a new technique? Hmm, moral and intellectual rights hereby asserted unless anyone can prove otherwise……

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Cooking tip

June 23, 2014

I have just invented a quick way to bake pizza – worth sharing, I hope.

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

2. Remove all wrappings from home-made frozen pizza and place on top shelf of oven. Set timer for 30 minutes.

3. After 10 minutes, check pizza. At this stage pizza should have disappeared from top shelf and will be in grill pan below, in several hundred small pieces.

4. Collect wits. Take a few seconds to realize that pizza has not in fact exploded. It is not supposed to go straight into the oven without a baking tray, this home made pizza has a much softer dough than the commercial ones.

5. Rapidly adjust timer to 15 minutes instead of 30.

6. When golden brown and cooked through, pizza can be removed from oven, still in grill pan. Using a metal scraper, transfer pieces (some as much as 1.5cm wide with a fairly soft consistency, others smaller and crisper) to a bowl and serve with salad of your choice.

Tip 1: When you have gained experience with the method you may wish to combine steps 3 to 5.

Tip 2: Line grill pan with aluminium foil, otherwise it could take days to clean.