Monday, October 12, 2009
Last week I got to try out a new baking stone and pizza peel. That meant a Sunday filled with homemade pizza.
This was my father's dough recipe, which I've written about before. We had a bit of an emergency when the dog ingested one whole batch of dough while we were otherwise engaged and he had to have emergency surgery at the vet to get it all out. The dog is doing fine.
The pizzas came out great, and I have some extra dough left over that I've been using whenever I get a quick pizza craving. I made a quick batch of tomato sauce for the pies. I used cans of diced tomatoes since I didn't have time to really stew it all day.
Getting the oven up over 500 degrees usually means some smoke in my apartment. I did my best to give the oven a thorough cleaning before we started, but after a few pizzas there was some debris in there and the smoke inevitably came. Our only recourse was to nuke the smoke detector or else go completely insane. The lesson? Keep your oven as clean as you can, and do what you can to clear the air, either with a vent if you have it or windows and doors. None of that ended up helping us, but it's worth mentioning.