Bread and Baking — By Ben on 29 October 2008
Daring Bakers – Pizza Challenge

I knew I was going to be very busy this month so I decided to make this challenge early in the month. For a while a couple of friends and I had been talking about a pizza night where we would make our own pizzas. So when I read that this month’s callenge was to bake pizza like a real pizzaiolo I had the perfect excuse to get together with some friends and do it.

The challenge was to use Peter Reinhart’s pizza crust recipe and toss the pizza in the air like a real pizzaiolo.We got together at Fabrice’s house one Saturday night. I provided the dough, which I started Friday night,  and Jeremy and Fabrice the toppings. We had a lot of fun making them. We baked 3 pizzas total, one Hawaiian, one dairy-and-pork-free for Jeremy and one pepperoni and bell peppers.

Part of the challenge was to capture on film the moment when you were tossing the pizza, but unfortunately we were having so much fun that I forgot to take pictures. But if you need proof you can ask Fabrice, Jeremy or Jon and they will testify (under oath) that I indeed tried. I ended up using a rolling pin just to get them thin enough, but I wasn’t afraid of the dough (not anymore!) Here are the only 2 pics I took that night:

I wanna thank Rosa for this challenge, which wasn’t much of a challenge since I bake pizza at least once a week, but still was a lot of fun. This challenge is in memoriam of Sherry, a great blogger that passed away on July 20th, 2008. Wherever she is I am sure she’s smiling at all of us goofy Daring Bakers.

¡Buen provecho!

For the pizza recipe visit Rosa’s blog.

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(26) Readers Comments

  1. It’s so much fun making pizza with friends! Wish I could have seen the toss. I am only finding a few people who showed a pic.

  2. Se ve rica rica!!!

    Saludos!

  3. Delicioso! Ben what a great job. I can just imagine you tossng the pizza dough in the air. My daughter has worked for a pizza place for the last two years and the owner tried to teach her how to toss the dough. Well, she dropped so much of it they won’t let her anywhere near the dough anymore. I’m sure you did a much better job. Bien hecho mi amigo.

  4. Sounds like you guys had lots of fun! And since your toss isn’t recorded, mine won’t be either so you can stop holding your breath! Bwhahahaha! I am so not interested in having dog and cat hair on dough that had to wait that long to be used. It was certainly tasty though.

  5. A great challenge to get together with friends and cook…it looks like the pizzas turned out beautifully!

  6. Way to go Ben, looks fantastic!! Toss or no toss looks as if you gave it a good go!!!!

  7. Great idea making the pizza with friends! I still have three balls of dough left so I’m planning on making even more tomorrow :-)

  8. Nicely done! Half the fun of making pizza is tossing the dough, so good for you for giving it a go!

  9. You tossed and rolled yourself to pizza perfection Ben:D

  10. i would have loved to have seen you tossing Ben! the pizza looks delicious!

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