Pizza, a personal favourite, after all, pizzas have saved me from starvation over these past few years. I can't believe I'm about to make my own from scratch!
Firstly I watch Ben's tutorial. Cor, he's good isn't he, so calm and unfazed. Not sure if I can replicate his mannerisms in the kitchen but I'll certainly try and master the pizza.
It's becoming quite apparent that patience seems to be an important part of this cooking lark, a trait I've not been blessed with, so I decide to make the dough before I leave for work on Friday. This means I won’t be tempted to put the topping on before it has had time to "prove" (look at me using the lingo, I'll have a cookbook out by the end of the year!)
Firstly, I add the yeast and a little sugar to the warm water and wait for the yeast to activate. Whilst I'm waiting, I add the flour, salt and four good glugs of olive oil into my Kenwood Chef bowl. I don't measure out the olive oil - not because I think I am as good as Ben, but because I can't find a table spoon! After adding a little salt, I add some of the yeast mixture and using my Dough Hook attachment, begin to mix the dough.
After five minutes I check the mixture and PANIC! It's gooey like glue. I ruin two tea towels trying to get it off of my hands! I think I added too much of the yeast mix, so I add some flour, say a little prayer and let my Kenwood Chef Titanium do its magic for another five minutes. The result...perfect. It looked just like in the tutorial, so I scoop it off the hook, and leave it in a bowl covered by one of the few clean tea towels I have left to "prove" whilst I am at work.
Six hours later I check my dough. It's huge. It's spilled over the bowl and started to creep up the side of the microwave. I accuse my husband of spiking it with growth hormones or something. He promises me he hasn't and tells me it's not normal and he won't eat it.
Unperturbed and hungry, I scoop it up and am relieved to find that it is pliable and I knead it into a nice neat ball before rolling it out on to a rectangular baking tray.
Then, I dice the tomatoes and garlic and put them in a hot pan, before seasoning with pepper and oregano. The smell is amazing and once the tomatoes are squishy I spread over the pizza base and add red onion, red pepper, spinach leaves and mozzarella. I pop it into a hot oven and wait. I worry that the dough will explode or something in the heat, after what I witnessed earlier, but I was relieved to discover it came out just fine...so lovely in fact that a) both my husband and my little boy wanted to eat it, and b) for the first time in my life, as I put it on the table, they both said "oooooohhhhhh" (in a good way). I can't tell you what a proud moment that was for me. Especially as they have asked me to make it again. (I had a little tear in my eye!)
I fall more and more in love with my Kenwood Chef Titanium every week. I really don't think I could be without it now! As a busy working mum, having this in my kitchen means I can prepare everything from scratch, quickly and easily. I feel more and more confident, and just can't wait for next weeks' challenge!