What do you do when you’re up at four-thirty in the morning, jet-lagged, with your stomach reminding you that according to the time zone you just left, you would have had breakfast AND lunch by now? Make pizza of course!
The thought of eating a pizza before the digestive system was fully awake daunted me slightly, but by the time we rolled out the dough, spread the sauce, sprinkled on the cheese and watched it bubble in the oven, we were ready for a meal. And I have to say, munching warm pizza while the sun rose over the snowy, barely awake winter landscape was a most satisfying feeling.
When I posted the picture above on Facebook, I got many requests for the recipe. So here it is my friends and fellow pizza-lovers, home cooks and greedy grubs in general: Jet-lag pizza!
(Makes enough for 2 batches of oven tray-sized pizza)
Crumble yeast into flour in a large bowl, add salt, water and oil in that order and knead. When the consistency becomes doughy, cover with a dish towel and rest it for 1 hour (or until it rises to double the original size). When it’s ready, halve the amount of dough and roll out (or toss/flip if you’re going for an authentic Italian/Indian prata effect) onto a well-floured counter top.
Transfer the rolled out dough onto an oven tray (pre-heating is optional). Brush lightly with olive oil then cover with pizza sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake at 200 degrees C for approximately 25 minutes. I’m no expert on dough and baking, but as far as a home-made pizza goes, this recipe works pretty well.
Dried basil, oregano, thyme to taste
Crush the tomatoes and season with herbs. Simmer in a small saucepan until the liquid is almost evaporated. Add the rest of the seasoning. Can be prepared beforehand.
Whatever you like.
Mr T loves spinach with gorgonzola
And I’m a sucker for sausage with roast peppers (orange or red ones) or spicy chilli peppers
Top everything off with a generous helping of mozzarella cheese, bung it into the oven and get ready to enjoy your pizza – jet lagged or no.