Sometimes she even plays with other people’s food. These are for a reception.
You may have seen this type of thing on Youtube, as I did.
You don’t need to speak Arabic to get the gist. I think one could use any kind of bread dough and any kind of filling. They could be any size.
I made my regular pizza dough and some tapenade (olives, anchovies, capers, olive oil and lemon juice). I needed these to be cool by noon so I made the dough last night and let it rise in the refrigerator. A bit of cheese on top and in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Today we fired up the bread oven for our second baking. We decided to use the heating up phase to make some pizza. I mixed up my bread in the morning using my sourdough culture I had taken out and fed the night before while my husband simmered a tomato sauce. Then late morning I prepared some pizza dough. Next step was to start a fire.
After shaping the bread for the second rising, I prepared the pizza toppings. We each suited ourselves and took turns baking. It only takes about 5 minutes for the pizza to be done. We had so much fun, hurrying out there with our pizzas on the new paddle my husband made. The trickiest part is getting the pizza off the paddle without rolling the olives to the back of the oven.
I experimented with using a baking dish for one loaf as I always used to do. The others were raised in floured towel-lined bowls and a basket, turned out onto the paddle and slashed.
I was happily puttering away in the greenhouse while the bread baked.
We are finally able to use our bread oven. We made slow fires several times and then heated it up to the necessary temperature for baking bread. There was enough heat left to make scalloped potatoes in the evening and then a custard the next day!
I have been waiting for about 30 years for this.
Ain’t we got fun!