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. Looks like fun. I’ll be hosting a little pizza night thing soon, too. Better remember to clean my crusty oven:)

  2. It looks lovely, and more importantly, it looks like you were all having FUN. And I really think that’s a lot of what pizza’s about.

  3. don’t worry… i believe you tossed that pizza dough… lol… great looking pizza you have there… looks yum… :)

  4. This challenge was such a riot – it caused more tossing laughter – oh goodness. You did a great job and looks like you had fun doing it too.

  5. Great job Ben! Looks like you all were having a great time cooking together. Pizza’s are always fun to make with friends and family. A nice and casual atmospere!

  6. Muy buena pinta Ben! Yo bien que me comeria un trocito!

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