Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hurricane Pizza

A hurricane swept across our provinve this afternoon and before Earl had a chance to knock out our power, Mr. And I rushed to get a pizza together. As we all know, cold pizza is delicious and while it would be piping hot for lunch, if need be dinner could be a little less warm.

The hurricane was largely anti-climactic for us, the power flickered once and the neighbour's near dead tree stayed upright. In any case, I had the bathtub full of water and who knows how many jars filled with water tucked in the fridge.

I slightly adapted the recipe for pizza dough from "The Art of Sicilian Cooking" by Anna Muffoletto.

A note: The recipe is written for mixing the dough by hand and while that would have been the case, my mom gave Mr. and I a stand mixer for our anniversary (yay!).

1 envelope active dry yeast (I used 1 tbsp.)
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups flour (I used 1 less)
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 450.

1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Let stand 5 minutes to bloom. The temperature of the water is very important, too hot or cold and it kills the yeast. Fingertip warm.

2. Pour 1 cup lukewarm water into bowl. Add 2 1/2 cups flour and the salt. Mix until it forms a ball. At this point Anna directs to add remaining flour, I did not.

3. Allow to rise, the recipe allots 1 hour but I had a hurricane on the horizon. Perhaps 20 minutes, it was sufficient.

Top with whatever you like and bake for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. Hi! We had Hurricane Chili - made the day before and heated up on the propane camp stove because we were without power for nine hours! I also found the storm anti-climatic though I find people get really self-righteous if you say anything like that. They start muttering about apple orchards and wood lots and so on. Well yah - but I still like a good cleansing storm. I just do! and I was prepared to lose our lovely maples etc...but really I didn't even lose a tomato!
    come on by Living the Complicated Simple Life some time...Jan Morrison

  2. What a cool idea to make yummy food in the event of a storm coming. We don't have much of a warning in Arizona, the power goes out too often where we live. We do have a propane grill so that helps a lot. The pizza sounds delicious although I'm currently no grains/gluten (doing I could have Hurricane Chili though! :-)

  3. Wish I thought of making something I can eat hot/cold/warm before the storm came! Pizza is a great idea.