the ‘za of the week (feb 10 – feb 16)
Baking a pizza at home is a very relaxing experience. From stretching the dough to sprinkling the shredded cheese and adding the toppings, a homemade pizza is made with love rather than being just another pie filling a ticket in a corporate establishment.
This past Wednesday, Mare & I baked a homemade pizza topped with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and ricotta. We had fun with the arrangement of the toppings as you can see in the photograph below.
The dough treated us well again and stretched all the way across the baking sheet. If you’re using canned pineapple to top a pie, then make sure to drain the pineapple as much as possible. We use a strainer to make sure the pineapple tidbits are well-drained. Sprinkle a decent amount of Parmesan on the marinara to soak up any extra liquid that may want to get through and sog up the crust.
Topping a pizza is comparable to decorating a cake. Even distribution of the toppings is important, so each slice will have a balanced amount of toppings.
This pie baked excellent. Hawaiian-style pizzas have their own unique flavor combination.
In this close-up, you can see the shininess of the cheese caused by the grease being baked out. You can also see the baked spots on the ricotta which I really enjoy. A pineapple tidbit made the picture in the lower right corner as did a piece of Canadian bacon in the upper right corner.