We do pizza. With movie night. With the Sabbath Day. With birthdays. With that random Tuesday. We like pizza. However, in an attempt to find a good pizza dough recipe, I will admit failure. The doughs I have made in the past have been flavorless, doughy and mostly just a carb to layer pizza toppings on. Yuck.
This book, Truly Madly Pizza, was a game changer. Suzanne's recipe appears standard, it really does, but using her super sleuth skills, stumbled upon a really great method for making pizza. Until reading this book, it never occurred to me that I was making the pizza wrong. This is totally a "it's me, not you moment"! After reading the instructions I was stunned by how easy her method was and well, frankly, how smart and intuitive it was. I guess I wasn't giving pizza dough enough thought, which is somewhat surprising considering how much time I spend with my bread dough up to my elbows.
I loved that Suzanne basically tells you that freezing is really important. Yes, yes it is. Mostly because I can then make a triple batch and have pizza night prep half done. I also love that the dough only takes seven minutes to cook! Seven minutes people!!! It is much easier to make pizza for six when I can cook three in twenty minutes. The book also features a lot of unique and fun ways to dress the dough. Most of the recipe ingredients are outside the basic pantry purview, which is a pet peeve of mine, but the dough really does make up for that and honestly, there is nothing pretentious about this book, the couple we tried were excellent!
Just some notes:
Add herbs to the dough. Really a great idea, oregano, rosemary, chives and whatever else you have.
Heat the pan before you slide the pizza on it. We only have one stone, so most of the pizza get cooked on a cookie sheet. The warm/heated pan makes a difference in even dough cooking.
Don't stress the rise. It will happen as long as your yeast is good.
So if you like pizza, I suggest checking this book out. Follow her method, down to the corn meal and enjoy one really great pizza.