Recipes, Insight, Theory and Everyday Management for Students, Ships Cooks, and those with an interest in Marine Catering Operations. All Recipes have a fully adjustable servings feature, just change the number of servings and the ingredients recalculate automatically.
Place all the dry Ingredients in a machine bowl fitted with a dough hook and mix for 15 minutes scraping down the bowl half way through the mixing.
Stop the machine add the olive oil and mix for 15 minutes on slow speed.
Add water and mix until a smooth dough.
When the dough is fully mixed remove from the mixer and place in the dough in a suitable lightly oiled container and cover, or better still lightly oil the inside of a polyethene bag and place the dough inside the bag and allow to prove until approximately 50% larger in volume. The polyethene bag accelerates the proving.
We can see here just how efficient it is to use an oiled polyethene bag to prove the dough, this dough proved in just 15 minutes sat on the bench, see how the bag is stretched like a balloon
When the dough has risen knock it back, this done by removing the dough from the container or polyethene bag and slamming the dough on the bench, Knead briefly and scale at 100grams. ( For a thicker pizza base scale the dough at 250grams)
Mould the dough into balls and place on the bench and cover with oiled polyethylene.
Oil or grease your trays with white shortening and have the standing by on the bench, this dough is very active and will start its second prove quic
Roll out to round shape and place on a well Oiled oven tray. I fit 3 Pizza's onto a standard shallow Gastronome tray. (or 4 pizza onto a black baking tray.)
On another bench have your pizza sauce and cheese standing by, you must the sauce and cheese on your dough soon as each tray is ready, spoon some tomato pizza topping on the dough.
Using the back of the spoon evenly spread the sauce over the dough.
Sprinkle with some cheese I always use a mixture of Cheddar and Mozzarella, we will be adding more cheese later. Immediately return to rolling your dough and lining the trays, then topping in the same way.
Top the pizzas with any toppings of your choice.
How you bake your Pizza's will depend on the type of ovens you have in your galley, convection ovens, bakers ovens, or standard oven with top and bottom heat?
Tray the following ;-
Bake in a hot oven at 180°C for just 10 to 15minutes, in a standard oven with top and bottom heat,
Bake in a fan assisted combination oven on dry heat at 160°C to 170°C
Bake in a deck oven at 180°C to 200°C for 8 to 12 minutes.
The challenge is to find the right temperature and time required to bake your pizza's to perfection.
I always bake my pizzas during service period so as to ensure they are fresh out of the oven as the crew come to the messroom service counter. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley
Note;- The secret to proving any bread dough is the temperature of the dough during proving , optimum temperature for yeast to ferment is approximately 28°C, having said this the average ships galley is normally warm enough to prove your dough.
When you take the hot pizza out of the oven and cut it, you get pinching of the pizza base where the knife cuts through the dough, this prevents the true profile of the light pizza base from being seen, however here are some images of the same pizza cut when cold, we can clearly see the light texture of the pizza base.