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BASIC PIZZA DOUGH

1 tsp active dry Yeast
pinch Sugar
2/3 cup warm Water
2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil

 

Place yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl and mix to dissolve.
Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 5 minutes or until foamy.
Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse once or twice to sift.
With machine running, slowly pour in oil and yeast mixture and process to form a rough dough.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until soft and shiny.
Add more flour if necessary.
Lightly oil a large bowl, then roll dough around in it to cover the surface with oil.
Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draughtfree place
for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until dough has doubled in volume.
Knock down and remove dough from bowl. Knead briefly before using as desired.

Makes 250g dough

 


BASIC PIZZA DOUGH VARIATIONS

HERB PIZZA DOUGH
Add 1 tsp dried Mixed Herbs to the flour mixture

CHEESE PIZZA DOUGH
Add 60g grated Tasty cheese (mature Cheddar) to the flour mixture

TOMATO PIZZA DOUGH
Replace the water with 2/3 cup warm Tomato Juice

WHOLEMEAL PIZZA DOUGH
Replace half the flour with Wholemeal Flour.

Source : The Good Cook's Collection. Popular Pizzas and Pasta

 
                                

BEGGAR’S CHICKEN

The story goes that a beggar stole a chicken from a feudal lord.  To stop the delicious smell of the cooked chicken giving him away he wrapped it in lotus leaves and clay.  Well, this recipe will use that clay to keep the chicken very moist through the cooking process rather than hide the smell.

You will need :
1.5 kg chicken
3 shallots
2.5 cm piece green ginger
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon water
¼ teaspoon 5 spice
Baking paper
2 tablespoons extra olive oil
2 tablespoons extra soy sauce
Onion

What is included in the pack :
2.5 kg(approx) clay

  1. Place two large sheets of baking paper on top of each other on the table.  Brush top sheet well with olive oil.  Place the chicken in the  middle of the paper.  Place roughly chopped shallots, peeled and sliced ginger, soy sauce, sherry, water and 5 spice into a bowl and mix well.  Rub chicken all over with extra soy sauce then rub well with olive oil. Pull skin at neck of chicken down underneath, tuck wings underneath and over neck.  Carefully pour soy sauce mixture into the chicken cavity slightly holding it up so no sauce runs out.  Secure end of chicken with the onion and a small skewer.  Wrap baking paper around chicken and secure like a parcel.
  2. Roll out clay on a large sheet of baking paper to approximately 1 cm thick so that it will completely encase the chicken.  Place the chicken in the middle of the clay and fold clay up like a parcel.  As you are gently folding the clay over the chicken, peel off the baking paper.  Join the clay together by pinching it between your thumb and forefinger.
  3. Place chicken into a lightly oiled baking dish.  Check joins on the clay are holding together and there are no holes in the clay to let the moisture out.  Bake in a hot wood fired oven( or conventional oven) for 1 hour.  Reduce heat to moderately slow and cook for a further 3 hours.  Remove chicken from oven, gently break open the clay with hammer and remove clay and baking paper for serving. 

 
PLEASE NOTE: THE CLAY IS AVAILABLE FROM CLAYWORKS POTTERY SUPPLIES, ON TELEPHONE 03 97916749.

ENJOY !