The good folks in the FAB North kitchen have been prattling on a good bit lately about their weekly homemade pizza regimen. It sounds great and I’ve been dying to try it here. At the last minute the other day, we decided we should give it a go except we were going to buy the dough to save time. Unfortunately, our local grocer no longer carries pizza dough. They offered to sell us frozen French bread dough. The two employees I spoke with said they use it all the time for pizza and it is awesome. Gotta tell ya, they were right. Awesome pizza. We bought 4 frozen logs and only used 2 1/2. Of course that left a loaf and a half morphing into one another in the fridge.
Last night I decided to do something about it. I did a bit of reading, preheated the oven to 425 degrees and set to making loaves. As you can see in the photo, my dough shaping skills are somewhat lacking. Newbie! Anyway, once I had something that looked vaguely like loaves, I brushed them with egg wash and put a few cuts across the tops. I stuck them in the oven, along with a pan of water to create steam for about 20 minutes.
What emerged from the oven were these wonderfully misshapen loaves of golden goodness. The texture of the bread was magnificent and the crust was chewy but soft, just like it should be. Given that the price is the same, we will no longer be buying already baked loaves. Instead we’ll buy frozen lumps. Unless of course I decide to adventure into the land of dough!