Pizza lovers worldwide come together on February 9th to honour this beloved dish with the annual event International Pizza Day since the year 2000. This celebration goes beyond cheese. International Pizza Day is a worldwide fiesta of culinary traditions, celebrating the creativity and unity that pizza brings.
Chef Candida Batista has crafted two recipes perfect for both novice and seasoned cooks. “International Pizza Day is a celebration of culinary diversity and the passion that brings people together around the globe,” she says. “These recipes embody the versatility and creativity that make pizza a global favourite, while also providing an excellent excuse to gather friends and family.”
International Pizza Day recipes
– Pre-prepared pizza dough
– Tomato sauce
– Grated mozzarella cheese
– Slices of salami
– Dried oregano
– Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
– Roll out the pre-prepared pizza dough on a clean, flat surface.
– Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over the pizza dough.
– Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the tomato sauce.
– Place slices of salami on top of the mozzarella cheese.
– Sprinkle a pinch of dried oregano over the salami.
– Roll up the dough as if making a Swiss roll.
– Cut the rolled dough into smaller portions, about 5 centimetres wide.
– Place each portion into a muffin tin, with the cut side facing up.
– Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 8 minutes, or until the dough is golden and the cheese is melted.
– Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes, and serve hot. Enjoy your delicious muffin pizzas!
For the Sourdough Starter:
– 100g active sourdough starter
– 100g whole wheat flour
– 100ml warm water
For the Pizza:
– 300g active sourdough starter
– 300g all-purpose flour
– 200ml warm water
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the Topping (Chef Candida’s suggestion):
– Tomato sauce
– Burrata cheese
– Fresh basil leaves
Preparation of the Sourdough Starter:
– Mix 100g of active sourdough starter with 100g of whole wheat flour and 100ml of warm water in a clean container.
– Cover the container with a damp cloth and let it rest at room temperature for 6 to 12 hours, until the sourdough starter is active and bubbly.
Pizza dough preparation
– In a large bowl, mix 300g of active sourdough starter with 300g of all-purpose flour, 200ml of warm water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
– Knead well until you achieve a smooth and elastic dough.
– Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rest at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours, or until it doubles in size.
Assembly and baking of the pizza
– Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F).
– Divide the dough into desired-sized portions and roll out each portion on a floured surface, shaping them into pizza crusts.
– Transfer the pizza crusts onto a baking sheet or pizza stone.
– Spread a layer of tomato sauce over each pizza crust.
– Arrange the burrata cheese on top of the tomato sauce.
– Bake the prepared pizzas for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden and crispy.
– Remove from the oven and finish with arugula and fresh basil.
– Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious sourdough pizza!
Raise a slice on International Pizza Day
International Pizza Day is about more than just satisfying your cheesy cravings. It’s a worldwide celebration of culinary diversity, creativity, and the unifying power of food. Whether you’re a novice home cook or a seasoned pizzaiolo, these recipes provide the perfect starting point for your pizza adventure.
Embrace the spirit of the day by gathering your loved ones, experimenting with different toppings, and sharing laughter over a slice (or two!). Remember, pizza is a canvas for your culinary imagination, so get creative and have fun!
So, on February 9th, International Pizza Day, raise a slice to this beloved dish, and join the global community in celebrating its delicious legacy. Buon appetito!
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