Inspired by pizza she loved on a tropical vacation many years ago, my daughter has been eating corn on her pizza for nearly 10 years. Apparently she is ahead of her time! We were so happy to see that Bon Appétit realized that this delicious pizza topping was worthy of their publication. 🙂
I loved that this pizza recipe used creamed corn instead of tomato sauce- it brought our usual “corn pizza” to the next level. It was also a sheet pan “Grandma” pie which is a family favorite. Lastly, it can be made with fresh or frozen corn. Perfect.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Kay Chun. I used a homemade sourdough pizza crust instead of store-bought. I also used fresh mozzarella, frozen white corn, Campari tomatoes, and more garlic. I modified the method and baked the sheet pan on a pizza stone positioned on the lowest oven rack. Great.
Yield: One Grandma Pie (half-sheet pan)
For the Pizza Dough:
- 1 cup (241g) sourdough starter, unfed/discard
- 1/2 cup (113g) warm water (plus 2 tsp water- if using whole wheat flour)
- 1 1/4 cups (150g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups (141g) white whole wheat flour (can substitute and additional 1 1/4 cups/150g all-purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
- cooking oil spray or olive oil, for the pan
For the Pizza Sauce & Toppings:
- 1 sourdough pizza crust (recipe above) or store-bought pizza dough (about 1 pound)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/4 cup fresh ricotta
- 2 T heavy cream
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp Diamond Crystal or 1/2 tsp Morton kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups fresh corn (from about 2 medium ears) or thawed frozen corn, divided
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 oz sliced pepperoni (more or less, as desired)
- 8 to 9 oz Campari tomatoes (sliced 1/4-inch thick) or cherry tomatoes (halved, about 1 1/3 cups)
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil (or oregano) leaves, sliced, for serving
To Make the Dough:
- Stir any liquid on top of your refrigerated starter back into it before measuring 1 cup (241g) into a large mixing bowl. Note: This is a good opportunity to feed the remainder of your starter, if necessary.
- Add the warm water, flours, salt, and yeast. Mix to combine, then knead for about 7 minutes in a mixer with the dough hook, until the dough wraps itself around the hook and cleans the side of the bowl.
- Place the dough in a greased container, cover and let rise until almost doubled in bulk. Depending on the vitality of your starter, this will take between 2 and 4 hours. For a faster rise, place the dough in a warm spot, or double the yeast. (I placed my dough in a warming drawer and it doubled in about 2 hours.)
- Towards the end of the rise time, preheat your oven to 500°F. (I heat a baking stone positioned on the lowest rack of the oven.)
- Oil an 18″ x 13″ half-sheet pan or coat with cooking oil spray.
- Place the dough in the pan and press it out to the edges, again giving it a 15-minute rest before continuing if it starts to snap back. After this rest, gently press the dough toward the edges of the pans. (If it starts to shrink back, cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing.)
- Cover the pan and let the dough rise until it’s as thick as you like. (It will rise quite a bit in 30 minutes. I just let it rest while preparing the sauce and toppings.)
- While the dough is rising, make the sauce.
To Make the Sauce, Toppings, & Bake the Pizza:
- If using Campari tomatoes, slice and season with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Let sit to remove excess moisture.
- Process the Parmesan, ricotta, cream, garlic, salt, pepper, 3/4 cup corn, and 2 T oil in a food processor until mostly smooth (mixture will still have some texture). (I used a mini-food processor.)
- Scrape creamed corn into a small bowl; stir in 1/4 cup corn.
- Spread creamed corn over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
- Top with pepperoni, then tomatoes and remaining 1/2 cup corn.
- Tear the fresh mozzarella and distribute the pieces evenly over the crust.
- Bake until crust is golden underneath and cooked through and the cheese is lightly browned, about 18 to 20 minutes.
- Top with a drizzle of oil and sliced basil (or oregano) leaves.
Note: The creamed corn mixture can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
Posted in Bread, Recipes
Tags: basil, Campari, cherry tomatoes, corn, creamed corn, fresh mozzarella, Grandma, grandma pie, grandma pizza, grape tomatoes, oregano, parmesan, pepperoni, pizza, pizza dough, ricotta, sheet pan, sourdough, tomatoes
We have pizza night once a week- usually on Sundays. We vary the type and toppings, of course. 🙂 During the initial lockdown, we started experimenting with many variations of garlic knots to eat with our special pizza. I now realize that pizzeria versions are soaked in an incredible amount of oil. I opted for a drizzle before and after baking instead.
We made them with different doughs and determined that a 24-hour pizza dough (one of my favorites) resulted in our preferred garlic knots. We also attempted to make them with sourdough pizza dough (of course!) but they were too puffy. We experimented with different baking temperatures as well. I found that a higher oven temperature and shorter baking time resulted in more tender garlic knots.
This recipe makes two batches of eight knots; I froze half and thawed them in the refrigerator prior to baking with excellent results. Great.
Yield: about 16 garlic knots
For the Dough:
- 153 grams (1 1/4 cups) 00 Flour
- 153 grams (1 1/4 cups) King Arthur All-Purpose Flour
- 8 grams (scant 2 teaspoons) fine sea salt
- 2 grams (scant 1/2 teaspoon) active dry yeast OR 4 grams (scant 1 teaspoon) fresh yeast
- 4 grams (scant 1 teaspoon) good olive oil
- 202 grams (1 cup minus 1 T) lukewarm water
For the Topping: (make half if freezing half of the garlic knots)
- 5 to 6 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-2 pinches coarse salt
- dash of red pepper flakes, or more to taste, optional
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- marinara sauce, optional
- minced parsley, for garnish, optional
To Make the Dough (24 to 48-hours in advance):
- In a bowl, thoroughly combine the flours and salt; make a well in the center.
- In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine the yeast, olive oil, and lukewarm water.
- Pour the wet mixture into the well in the dry mixture and begin mixing the two together with your hands, gradually incorporating the dry into the wet. This process will be more like mixing than kneading.
- After about 3 minutes, when the wet and dry are well combined, set the mixture aside and let it rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes. This allows time for the flour to absorb the moisture.
- Flour your hands and the work surface. Gently but firmly knead the mixture on the work surface for about 3 minutes. Reflour your hands and the surface as necessary. The dough will be nice and sticky, but after a few minutes of kneading it should come together into a smooth mass.
- Divide the dough into 2 pieces, shape them gently into balls, and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least 24 and up to 48 hours before using. This process, called proofing, allows for the fermentation that gives the dough structure- which results in a chewy, pliable crust with great flavor.
To Shape the Dough:
- Roll each dough ball into an 8-inch log.
- Using a knife or bench scraper, cut each log into 8 pieces (approximately 1-inch each and equal in size).
- Roll each piece into and 8-inch long rope. (You will have 16 ropes.)(I did this by hand but my kids also used a rolling pin.)
- Tie each rope into a knot. (The ends can be tucked underneath or left out.)
- Arrange the knots on two aluminum foil-lined baking sheets. (I ultimately preferred aluminum foil over parchment paper because of the high oven temperature.)(At this point some of the garlic knots can be frozen- see note below.)
- Lightly cover and let them rest in a warm spot for at least 30 minutes, or up to 45 minutes. (I used a proofing oven.)
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. (I used the baking stone setting with a stone placed in the lowest position.)
- When the rise time is nearly complete, prepare the topping.
To Prepare the Topping:
- Combine the olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes, if using, in a small skillet.
- Cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Remove from heat and reserve.
To Bake & Serve the Garlic Knots:
- When the rise time is complete, brush the top of the garlic knots with a little more than half of the garlic-olive oil topping.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush with remaining garlic-olive oil topping.
- Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan and/or parsley, as desired. Serve plain or with marinara sauce for dipping.
Note: Cover and store leftover garlic knots in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To Freeze Dough Prior to Baking: Arrange the shaped knots on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet. Freeze, uncovered, for 1-2 hours. Remove from the freezer. Knots should be frozen and no longer sticky. Place into a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter. Bring to room temperature, arrange on 2 foil-lined baking sheets, cover lightly, and allow to rest/rise in a warm spot for 1 hour before baking as above.
Posted in Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Recipes
Tags: appetizer, bread, garlic, garlic knots, Italian, olive oil, parmesan, pizza dough, rolls, snack
I served this heaping platter of fried deliciousness for our celebratory St. Patrick’s Day dinner. It was extremely well received. 🙂
I used Irish Harp beer in the fish batter, of course. As I was cooking the fish and chips, my husband realized that we hadn’t included the essential tartar sauce in our menu. He was thankfully able to make sauce with a few adaptations.
The beer-battered fish recipe was adapted from Donal Skehan via today.com; I modified the cooking method. The potato chip recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit. I used gold potatoes, olive oil, and seasoned the chips with sea salt. The tartar sauce recipe was loosely adapted from inspiredtaste.net. It was a treat. We’re planning to eat the leftover fish in tacos!
For the Crispy Potato Chips:
- 2 pounds gold, russet, or purple potatoes
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- vegetable oil, for frying (I used 10 cups of canola oil with 3-4 cups olive oil)
- sea salt
For the Beer-Battered Fish:
- 4 skinless and boneless white fish fillets, patted dry and cut into thick strips (I used Alaskan Cod)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more to coat the fish
- 1 cup cold beer (I used Harp)
- coarse salt, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper
- canola oil and olive oil, to fry (see above)
- lemon wedges, to serve
For the Tartar Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 small dill pickle, chopped very small (3 tablespoons)(I substituted 1 tsp white wine vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste (I used the juice of 1/2 a lemon)
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill (I substituted fresh basil)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
To Make the Crispy Potato Chips:
- Using a mandoline, slice potatoes about 1/8-inch thick.
- Place slices in a large bowl, add cold water to cover, and stir to release starch; drain. Repeat until water runs clear.
- Return potatoes to bowl; cover with 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar and about 6 cups water. Let sit at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. (the vinegar helps make the chips more crispy)
- Drain potatoes and pat dry prior to cooking.
- Fit a large heavy pot with a deep-fry thermometer; pour in oil to measure 3 to 4”. (I used a very deep “pasta pot” to reduce splattering.)
- Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 300°. (frying the potatoes at a lower temperature helps to remove moisture)
- Working in 4 to 6 batches and returning oil to 300° between batches, fry potatoes, turning occasionally to cook evenly, until golden brown and crisp (oil will have quit bubbling), about 5 to 7 minutes per batch.
- Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined rimmed sheet pan fitted with a wire rack. While hot, season with salt.
- Reserve the cooking oil to fry the fish.
Note: Potatoes can be fried 6 hours ahead. Keep at room temperature. (I kept the chips in a warming drawer while I cooked the fish.)
To Make the Beer-Battered Fish:
- Top the pot with more oil, if needed, and bring it back to temperature, 300° to 340°, over a medium-high heat.
- Coat the fish strips with flour, shake off the excess and set aside in a single layer on a plate.
- Place 1 cup of flour in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the middle of it and pour in a little beer and whisk. Keep adding the beer and mixing until you have a smooth batter.
- Season generously with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Working beside the pan, dip the fish strips in the batter one at a time and then into the hot oil. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. (I used tongs and cooked the fish in 3 batches.)
- Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until golden-brown, turning halfway through the cooking time.
- Remove the fish from the pot using a spider or slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel–lined rimmed sheet pan fitted with a wire rack. While hot, season with salt.
- Serve with some lemon wedges, crispy chips, and tartar sauce, as desired.
To Make the Tartar Sauce:
- Combine the mayonnaise, pickles (or vinegar), lemon juice, capers, dill, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a small bowl and stir until well blended and creamy.
- Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste then adjust with additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Note: For the best flavor, cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Posted in Holiday, Recipes, Seafood, Sides
Tags: beer, beer batter, chips, cod, fish, fish and chips, fried fish, gold potatoes, Harp, Irish, potato chips, russet, sea salt, St. Patrick's Day, tartar sauce, vinegar, white fish
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
My kids ate this tender and delicious soda bread with their bowl of celebratory Lucky Charms for breakfast this morning. 😉 It was also wonderful on its own with and without a little butter and jam. It could be warmed and served with dinner as well.
The recipe was adapted from Kathleen’s Bake Shop Cookbook: The Best Recipes from Southampton’s Favorite Bakery for Homestyle Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Muffins and Breads by Kathleen King, the founder of Tate’s Bake Shop. I incorporated whole wheat pastry flour, unsalted butter, coarse salt and modified the baking time for a convection oven. My husband thought that it may be the best version I’ve ever made. Great.
Yield: two 7 to 8-inch round loaves
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 T granulated sugar
- 1 T baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp coarse salt
- 8 T (1/2 cup or 1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 to 3 T caraway seeds, to taste
- 2 cups buttermilk (I used low-fat)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, preferably on convection. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
- Add the raisins and caraway seeds and toss lightly.
- Add buttermilk and mix with a fork until all dry ingredients are moistened. (The dough will be very soft and wet.)
- Form the dough into a ball and turn it out onto a lightly floured board or counter. Knead for about 30 seconds or until the dough is smooth.
- Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape into balls.
- Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut and “X” on top of each loaf about 1/4-inch deep.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a convection oven, or up to 50 minutes in a standard oven, or until crusty and golden. (I baked my loaves on convection for 37 minutes.)
Posted in Baking, Bread, Holiday, Quick, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: bread, buttermilk, caraway seeds, easy, Irish, Kathleen King, quick, quick bread, raisins, soda bread, St. Patrick's Day, Tate's, Tate's Bake Shop, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour
My son is a major fan of creamy comfort food. He was obsessed with this pudding and its caramel notes. ❤ I loved all of the garnishes.
This recipe for this sweet treat was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. She was able to find the perfect ratio of milk to cornstarch to prevent grittiness. I found that the pudding had to cook a little bit longer to thicken.
I topped the chilled pudding with lightly sweetened freshly whipped cream, toasted and sweetened sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Next time, I may try candied pecans instead of almonds. 🙂 The original recipe includes several other options as well.
Yield: Serves 4
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3/4 packed cup/165 grams dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups/480 milliliters whole milk
- 1 cup/240 milliliters heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon bourbon or Scotch whisky, optional (I omitted it)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- freshly whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, for serving (I lightly sweetened the whipped cream with confectioners’ sugar)
- chopped candied ginger, sliced almonds, Demerara sugar, shaved chocolate, cocoa nibs or flaky sea salt, or a combination , for garnish, optional
- Put egg yolks, cornstarch and salt into a large heatproof bowl (preferably with a spout), and whisk until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps. (I used a balloon whisk and a pyrex bowl with a spout.)
- In a medium pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar and butter, whisking, until the brown sugar melts, 1 to 2 minutes. (I used a sauce whisk so that I could get into the edges of the pan.) Let cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture starts to smell like hot caramel and darkens slightly, about 1 minute longer. (Don’t walk away, or the mixture may burn.)
- Immediately pour the milk and cream into the pot. (It will bubble fiercely and seize up- the sugar clumps.) Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the clumps melt, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Slowly whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking yolks until smooth, then whisk in the remaining hot cream mixture. Pour the egg-cream mixture back into the saucepan and place it over medium heat.
- Cook pudding, whisking constantly especially around the bottom and edges of the pot, until it comes to a full boil. It is important to bring the pudding to a full, vigorous boil to activate the cornstarch. Otherwise, it may not set. (If you end up with thin, runny pudding, undercooking may have been the issue.) Also- it’s okay if the eggs curdle because the mixture is strained at the end.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring the mixture constantly, until it thickens enough to mound thickly on the spoon, 4 to 10 minutes. If at any point the pudding looks curdled, whisk to help smooth it out.
- Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof container or bowl, then stir in the Scotch or bourbon, if using, and vanilla.
- To prevent a skin from forming, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. (If you like the skin, don’t cover pudding until it cools.)
- Chill for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
- If garnishing the pudding with toasted sliced almonds, evenly spread them on a parchment paper-lined rimmed sheet pan; roast in a 400 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and place in a small frying pan. Top with granulated sugar, to taste, and cook over medium-low to medium heat just until the sugar melts and coats the almonds, about 1 to 2 minutes. Return to the lined baking sheet to cool.
- When serving, spoon pudding into dishes. Top with dollops of whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, and any of the optional garnishes. (I incorporated some confectioners’ sugar into freshly whipped cream.)
Posted in Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Recipes
Tags: brown sugar, butter, butterscotch, caramel, cornstarch, cream, dark brown sugar, dessert, eggs, flaky sea salt, Fleur de Sel, milk, pudding, sea salt, sliced almonds