Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A new trend from New York


Like thousands of people, I eagerly look forward to Wednesdays when The New York Times publishes it's dining section. With it's witty reviews, NY Times has been the undoing of many a fledging new joint. And look at the trends it's pioneered. Jim Lahey's no knead bread started in the this dining section before becoming a worldwide rage.

A couple of weeks back, the dining section talked about another new trend in New York. That of putting cream or bechamel sauce on a pizza in addition to, or instead of the cheese. Now tell me a bread baker who would resist this idea, specially when followed by a great recipe for mushroom cream pizza.

NY Times tells you to start with a pizza base of your choice, as long as it's thin crust. I started with this base from the pioneer woman, but made it part whole wheat. So you mix 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and an equal quantity of plain flour with 1/3 tsp salt. Warm 1/2 cup water, add 1/3 tsp dry yeast and let it bloom for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle a tbsp of olive oil on the flours, then throw in the yeasty water and knead for 4-5 minutes by hand or with a handheld mixer until well combined.

Form into a ball, coat with olive oil and put in the fridge for at least 24 hours (it will be fine for 3-4 days).

Now for the NY Times magic. Slice an onion thinly. Also thinly slice a cupful of mushrooms. Heat a tbsp of butter and on very low heat, cook the onions until soft. Add mushroom, salt and pepper then cook on a low heat, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are cooked and the moisture they exuded has all evaporated. Add 2-3 tbsp of cream, mix well, let it cook for another 2-3 minutes and take the pan off the heat. The mixture will thicken a bit as it cools.

Heat your oven to as high as it will go. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Roll or stretch your pizza dough into a thin rectangle. Let it rise for 5-10 minutes, then top with the mushroom cream mixture. I omitted any cheese, but add a little if you like and bake until the crust turns golden.

By this time, your cream's all evaporated but it manages to make the mushrooms very creamy. More mushroom-y in fact, if such a thing is possible!

4 comments:

notyet100 said...

this looks so simple nad yummy...thnks for the recipe

uma said...

Hey Simran,
easy n delicious!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Cant believe there was cream on that! Inriguing recipe!

Ann said...

I mioss NY Times. I had to cancel my subscription when we had to climb over the unread copies piling at our door. Then I tried email subscrip, and my inbox was flooded with unread items.
I'm obviously very BEHIND on all the latest food trends. This sounds delish, and oh so elegant.