As is my way, when I recently made up some sourdough dough, I threw the leftover bubbly starter into a bowl with some spelt flour, fine semolina, olive oil, water and salt and put it in the fridge until I decided what to do with it…it continued to bubble and develop over the next few days..
I had read a snippet in a food magazine recently about cooking pizzas in a pan on the hob (I guess in the US you’d call it a skillet pizza?) to ensure a crispy base, so decided to try it out with some of this dough.
I took out a handful and rolled it into a loose ball; I sprinkled fine semolina over an oven sheet pan, then pushed the dough into a round with my hands..
I used a non stick pan, heated over a high heat initially to crisp up the base, before turning it down to medium once the dough had been in the pan for a minute or so. I cooked it for a few minutes, then turned it over, and starting cooking it further. At this time I smeared our homemade tomato sauce over the base, sprinkled over grated cheese and dollops of mascarpone. I turned on the grill as it cooked through.
Once the base had browned, and before it burnt, I removed the pan from the hob and place it under the grill for a couple of minutes to cook the cheeses. If, like me, your pan has a plastic handle, just don’t push the pan in too far under the heat.
And it worked a treat! By using the hob, it saved turning on the oven for a single pizza, plus with the added semolina in the dough, it created a lovely crispy base. I’ll definitely do this again because it’s also a speedy way to produce a pizza for a hungry teenage boy!
Please note that this can be done with any dough, it doesn’t have to be sourdough or spelt as I’ve done, any pizza or bread dough would work.
Welcome to Autumn, my most favourite season of the year! I hope you’ve had a good week and a good weekend ahead – but before then, let’s pop over to Fiesta Friday, with Mollie and Johanne and see what wonderful dishes everyone has brought…