24 Jan 2014 Italian cooking: Pizza with sweet peppers
Today we propose a simple and tasty recipe to prepare an excellent Italian pizza with your own hands and give you an experience that will allow you to travel with your own senses. Italy holds a large part of the world’s cultural heritage.
However, let’s not forget that culture also means food and wine, which is a broad concept referring to the arts as well as the techniques as a whole that are often tied to the traditions of a specific territory. Many recipes make Italian cooking the most popular in the world but the most famous of all is undoubtedly the traditional Italian pizza.
The author of this recipe is food blogger Barbara Tauscheck. Despite it being a recent blog, “La cucina di Babe”, it is already followed and appreciated by many for its fresh and informal style and for the simple as well as genuine recipes offered on a weekly basis.
Barbara describes it as follows:
“It is a place where people can find ideas for their cooking and where others can find ways of approaching it. I tried to virtually recreate the atmosphere that was present in my family’s kitchen, the warmth, enthusiasm and love. My mom and I had the habit of writing recipes on pieces of paper that we would read or hear about here and there, promising to make them soon. I continue to have this habit and this is how my blog is. My biggest wish is that everyone can find his or her own piece of paper with the perfect recipe to try.”
For starters, here is the recipe for Pizza with Sweet Peppers made especially for us of Ville in Italia:
– 1 pinch of sugar
– 10 grams of fresh yeast
– 800 grams of flour
– 400 milliliters of lukewarm water
– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 2 tablespoons of salt
– 250 grams of tomato sauce
– 3 sweet peppers
– 1 red hot pepper (I use pimento)
– 250 grams of mozzarella for pizza
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in two tablespoons of lukewarm water and a pinch of sugar.
Mix all the ingredients well with your hands and continue to knead until mixture is uniform and smooth. It will take a few minutes.
The amount of flour and water can vary slightly depending on the weather and humidity, therefore, when pouring the water, do it a little at a time and not all at once.
Then cover with a cloth and let it rise for at least 12 hours in a warm and dry place (I left it in the oven).
Lightly grease a round or rectangular pan with oil depending on the form that you want to give your pizza.
Take your dough, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out with the help of a rolling pin.
Preheat oven at 220°.
Now place the dough in the pan, cover it with the tomato sauce as well as the clean sweet and hot peppers cut into strips.
Cook for 40 minutes.
Dice the mozzarella and scatter them over the pizza.
Then cook for another 10 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted.