Thursday, June 17, 2010

HBinFive June 15th Bread Braid

Writing to you live from Cape May during our annual vacation. Can you hear the seagulls yet?

I can't be stopped from telling you about the fabulous pizza I made at home for this assignment before leaving.

Those pizzas were so good, it is worth taking a little time away from the beach to tell you about them. I suppose this is saying a lot.

I won't be baking bread for two weeks, so maybe writing about it will keep my withdrawl shakes at bay.

I decided to use the Olive Oil dough from ABinFive for my pizzas in this assignment. It's one of my favorite dough's, and I have been missing it.

It was refreshing to get away from the tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella (not as if that is a hardship!) for a change. These two pizza recipes are both so simple, featuring only a few ingredients, which is my favorite way of cooking.

For the Pesto Pizza with Grilled Chicken on the Gas Grill, I used basil from my garden for the pesto, which made me tremendously happy. While this pesto was delicious, I didn't use anywhere close to the full amount of olive oil called for, and even then it was looser than other pestos I have made in the past. This was almost more like a sauce than a paste. Regardless, it was delicious, and we used the leftovers on some pasta the next evening.

We chose a wine that we had been saving all year to accompany our pizza . I thought we should enjoy it and then go get more on this trip.

Husband grilled the chicken (I do not grill), using breasts instead of thighs (I'm a white meat only kind of girl). A couple years ago I gave him a pizza stone for the grill. It was fun to make this a collaborative effort.

Husband said this is his new favorite pizza. I could see making it often this Summer.

The Oven Baked Whole Grain Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina was just as enjoyable. It's a simple combination, that I would not have thought of for pizza. I cheated a little, buying my roasted peppers at our co-op, but they are freshly made, and I think better than I might manage.

Overall here, we have been liberated from our tomato sauce with some new ideas. This alone is worth stealing time from the waves to tell you about!


  1. Looks good I have moved on to the next challenge but seeing this I might have to back track as I did like that bread dough :)

  2. Hi Clarice, What a beautiful pizza. I'm impressed that you took time out to make it. Do you spend the whole summer at the beach?



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