As the deadline for the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook draws closer and closer (only a few more days until I turn in the manuscript), we’ve been relying more and more on quick meals at home. Sure we make plenty of soups and stews as they’re blessedly easy and quick, but my favorite meal has been a simple sourdough einkorn pizza.
I’ve been testing recipes not only for the cookbook, but also for our upcoming trip to Tuscany – where we’ll settle in with several Nourished Kitchen readers for a beautiful, culinary adventure visting markets, farms and cooking up a stunning array of sumptuous local, traditional foods. And this simple einkorn pizza is on the list, only we’ll bake in a wood-fired oven and serve it with good Tuscan wine, and local charcuterie (you can see the full list of workshops here).
A Real Food Culinary Getaway to Tuscany
My family is so looking forward to the trip over to Italy, to seeing the local markets, visiting regional farms, and connecting with good people in good time. I’ve posted about the trip before, but I wanted to give you a gentle nudge to let you know that there’s only 5 spots remaining. It’s a very special getaway, and though we may be sipping wine, and eating under the sweet Tuscan evenings, it is also a very family-friendly, real food vacation.
You’ll stay in an 18th century Tuscan villa, and your first evening will feature traditional Lucchese cooking catered by a local chef. I’ll teach you three workshops on traditional cooking, and we’ll all prepare supper together on the final night. Our getaway will also include farm visits, and there’s plenty of free time to explore the countryside. And, yes, children are welcome – there’s even a sitter for hire if you need one. Click here for more information or to book.
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Sourdough Einkorn Pizza
One of the many foods we’ll prepare on our little getaway will be Sourdough Einkorn Pizza, and if you can’t make the getaway, you can certainly prepare it at home. You simply need a lively sourdough starter (follow this tutorial), einkorn flour (you can get that here), good olive oil and a smattering of herbs and spices.
This simple sourdough einkorn pizza crust is easy to make, and flavored with olive oil, herbs and crushed red pepper.
- 6 cups high-extraction einkorn flour (find it here), plus extra to work the dough
- 2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (Find it here)
- 1/4 cup Sourdough Starter (Learn how to make it here)
- Pizza toppings, as you like them
- Dump the flour into a large mixing bowl, and whisk in the salt, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes until they're evenly distributed in the flour. Form a well in the center of the flour, and pour in the olive oil, sourdough starter and 1 1/2 cups water. Mix it together by hand to make a shaggy dough, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit on your kitchen counter until doubled in bulk, about 12 hours.
- Flour your working surface, then scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto your floured surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or so, incorporating just enough flour to make the dough workable. Form it into a ball, then cover it with a large bowl, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 425 F.
- Separate the dough into 2 balls. Roll them out onto a baking sheet or baking stone until 1/4 inch thick. Then bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove the crusts from the oven, top with your favorite sauce, toppings, cheeses and herbs. Return to the oven and bake a further 10 to 12 minutes, or until toppings are done to your liking. Slice and serve.
You may freeze the dough after step #3, thaw it and continue working at step #4 for an easy, no-fuss supper.