Pantry Café a wonderful modern dining & open kitchen concept opened it’s door’s a couple of months ago. Having read Foodiva’s review I had explored this place over breakfast and a brunch a couple of times. This café has a lovely rustic-chic feel to it. The menu apart from the wide array of sandwiches, soups ,salads has the most delightful cheese platters and some great steaks too.. And of course their wood oven Pizzas.
I had read all about its live Pizzeria and the wonderful wood oven Pizza’s though had yet to try some. It was marked down on my “To Eat” list for my next trip to Pantry Café.
Well I was quite naturally excited on getting a blogger’s invite for a Pizza making demo and decided to go along and see this happen live.
On arriving we were warmly greeted by the lovely Owner who was very enthusiastic about the afternoon session. She then introduced us to the man behind stove or in this case the wood oven –Chef Dominico from Naples.
The demo started off with the chef explaining to us about the key steps in the Pizza making process. In this case it’s the Italian Tipo 00 Pizza flour that creates their wonderful thin crust pizza’s. This is available at the pantry café for those of you who may wish to experiment with some pizza making in your kitchens. The café also retails various other products ranging from Oils,vinegar,pasta sauces & cheeses.
We sampled four varieties of Pizza’s that afternoon.
Spicy Diavalo with Wagyu Pepperoni, Mushrooms & cherry tomatoes
Genovese with a pesto base and topped with Mushrooms & Arugula
As for me the Pizza Bianca was a winner…Truffle Brie, Mushrooms, Roasted garlic & Arugula…Absolutely divine!
Thank you Pantry café for a wonderful afternoon.
Do visit Pantry café:
Located at: Al Wasl Square Al Hadeeqa Street Jumeirah
Contact: Tele: 009714-3883868
Open for Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
Pizza Recipes as shared by Chef Dominico Pantry café.
Classic Pizza Margherita
The traditional Margherita pizza is a simple pizza that relies on the basic ingredients to make a great pizza-Italian Tippo Flour, San Marzano Tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella,olive oil,and fresh Basil .There are three official variants. Pizza Marinara which is made with tomatoes,garlic,oregano,and extra virgin oil. Pizza Margeherita,made from tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil and Pizza Bianca, a white base with fresh mozzarella ,garlic, oregano,sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.
Pizza Dough Recipe
1kg Caputo Tipo 00 Flour
1/2 liter of water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh yeast
Pour water into a mixing bowl. Add Oil, salt, sugar and yeast and mix well. Then slowly keep adding the flour until all the water has been absorbed and continue to mix all the ingredients for the dough by hand and knead well for about 10 minutes. when done,divide the dough into smaller balls and cover with a wet muslin cloth and let it rest for 12 hours.
Pizza Sauce Recipe
500 grams San Marzano tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon white sugar
50 gr. fresh basil
You can use canned San Marzano tomatoes to create a wonderful and simple pizza tomato sauce. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and blend using a hand mixer.If you are using a brick oven, you should not cook the sauce. The hot oven will cook the sauce perfectly. If you are using a convectional oven you can cook the sauce for 3 minutes.
Basic Pizza Margherita
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
5 grams Parmiggiano Reggiano
40 grams fresh mozzarella
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
5-6 whole basil leaves for garnish
Preheat the oven to 240 Knock back the dough balls by punching it to remove air and roll each dough out on a floured surface until you have very thin, 25cms-diameter pizza bases.
Spread the tomato sauce over pizza bases leaving a 2cm border. Divide the mozzarella between the bases, then scatter the Parmiggiano Reggiano .Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the pizza bases are crisp and lightly golden around the edges..
Drizzle the pizzas with a little more olive oil, garnish with small basil leaves then serve immediately.
This is just the start .Once you master a perfect pizza margherita, you can vary it by adding an endless possibilities of ingredients. Below is a simple guide to assist you in selecting the right ingredients for the different pizza variants however,remember there are no hard and fast rules.
Margherita & Marinara
Grilled eggplant, tomato and basil
Grille eggplant, tomato, arugula, capers and anchovies
Arugula and grilled onions
Al Mare- clams, mussels and prawns
Four seasons: artichokes, mushrooms, olive and turkey ham
Turkey ham, Wagyu pepperoni, Wagyu ground beef, button mushrooms & cherry tomatoes.
Roast potato, rosemary and Percorino
Mushroom, leek, tomato and slivered Parmesan
Pesto, oil and tomato
Smoked salmon and Brie
Mushroom and Brie
Artichoke and Brie
Four cheese: mozzarella, Percorino, parmesan and Gorgonzola
Olive,grilled onions and anchovies
Truffle Brie, mushrooms, roasted garlic, arugula
You may also like to read a fellow bloggers review of Pantry café Pizza making at :
DISCLAIMER: I was invited to Pantry café for the Pizza making session and all views expressed on this blog post are solely my own.