The first thing we worked on was the dough. There are a million different recipes online for pizza dough, but we used a recipe that Neill developed.
In this order, add to your bread machine:
1 cup of flat beer
1/4 cup soy flour
1/3 cup ground flax seed
3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 table spoon butter
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
Using our bread maker, it took two hours for the dough to be ready. While
Cut the top of a whole head of garlic, rub the exposed raw garlic with a little olive oil, wrap the whole thing in tinfoil, and then bake it in the over at 380 degrees for about forty minutes.
Next, prepare the eggplant. Cut the eggplant however you like it best, but I tried to get slices that were about half an inch thick. Cubes might have been easier to eat, but I thought this shape would look prettier on the pizza.
Line them up on a piece of tin-foil that is sprayed with some sort of non-stick business, brush each side with a little olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt. These go right in the oven with the garlic, but probably won't take much longer than twenty or twenty five minutes.
You'll know the eggplant are done when they are soft and have a roasted brown color. The more olive oil you put on them, the mushier they they will (and I mean that in the yummiest of ways).
Once the dough is ready, the whole pizza comes together in like 25 minutes. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, brush it with olive oil, sprinkle on the cheese, squeeze on the roasted garlic, and layer the eggplant. We used a mixture of mozzarella and fontina cheese, but I bet goat cheese would also be delicious on this.
Then, bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melts and the crust looks golden brown.
Not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but our pizza turned out DELICIOUS. I think we were both surprised at how yummy it was, especially since it was so easy to make. I think waiting for the dough to be ready was seriously the hardest part of the recipe!
For fun, here are some other pizzas we've tried making.
salami and cheddar cheese pizza with red sauce
half green and black olives, half shrimp and prosciutto pizza
Do you have a favorite pizza place? What is your favorite kind of pizza? What is your favorite comfort food?