“It’s the centrifugal force” I said, as my daughter Cristi gave me a bit of a strange look!
In attempting to make home made pizza at the weekend for the first time ever, I learned a lot about the key ingredients and the due process of making the dough. Both are essential for perfect pizza.
Strong plain flour, yeast, salt, olive oil, warm water and a little warm milk mixed together create a perfect dough.
Then the fun begins.
Kneading the dough on a well floured surface for 5 minutes creates a smooth and slightly tacky texture. Then, you pop the ball of dough into a bowl, cover it with a wet cloth, leave it for 90 minutes, allowing it to rise to perfection.
Time to knock back the dough.
Gently lifting the dough out from the bowl, kneading it again, then leaving it for another 45 minutes to rest a while. The passage of time is key.
Now, roller in hand, it was time to roll out the dough.
The first two bases were impressive and I determined not to toss the dough, frightened that I’d make a mess of my perfect creation! However, on the third base, after watching a “how to throw dough” video, I incorporated the toss into my routine. Gently balancing the rolled dough on my fingertips, I tossed it into the air, with a gentle rotating spin action at the same time and capturing it again on the back of my hand. Performing this action three times, allowed centrifugal force to stretch out the pizza base to perfection!
Adding on the toppings, making sure the oven was on full blast, pizza trays were already hot and getting the oven timings right were crucial finishing touches.
The result. Perfect Pizza’s!
However, it has to be said, although Pizza’s 1 & 2 were good, adding in the toss for Pizza 3, made the difference between good and great!
In my allegory filled mind, there are dozens of pictures forming about this due process. There are multiple comparisons to be made and lessons to be learned. Time, ingredients, process, heat, practice, that little extra toss.
What allegories come to mind for you?
To move from good to great, sometimes you just have to throw in that little extra…. (toss!)
Now to do it all again, this time Gluten Free!