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Much as I pretended not to get into the windwhirl of Valentine’s Day (no, I am not lovelorn), here I am; not only have taken Valentine’s Day Cookies to the office (ALL GONE) but am also posting ideas for those who are celebrating it (see my Chocolate Love Cake).

All in all this is the basic dough recipe for focaccia, calzone as well as pizza; adapted, however, for Valentine’s dinner. As I am using the Kitchen Aid I am not really kneading, nonetheless there’s lots of love in this post.

For the dough (you better prepare this at least 8 hrs ahead)

  • 3.5 cups (500 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 pkt Fleischmann’s yeast (alternatively 25 gr fresh yeast)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (full fat, please)
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (use as needed)

For the heart shaped pizzas

  • 1 can tomato
  • 2 cups diced mozzarella cheese (day old better)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • freshly grated black pepper
  • 2/3 anchovy fillets (oil drained)

Place the flour, the yeast, the sugar and the milk in the Kitchen Aid bowl, mount the dough hook and set speed to 1. Slowly add the lukewarm water (you may not need the amount indicated). Mix until the dough will come off the bowl’s walls. Transfer to a glass bowl, lightly oiled and let it raise for at least 8 hours.

Lightly flour your kitchen top, transfer the dough from the bowl, knead it down (I know it’s a shame to flatten it but this process will make the pizza/calzone crispier) working with your knuckles. Divide the dough in 6 parts and turn these into tennis ball size. Place the balls, next to each other, in a floured tray, cover with a damp cloth and let raise for at least two hours (kitchen temperature should be around 23’C – 74’F).

Again, lightly flour your kitchen top, divide the dough and start making the heart shaped pizzas. Heat the oven to 200’C (400’F)

Top the crusts with the tomato, transfer to the oven for 15 minutes; top with the diced mozzarella cheese, the anchovies, black pepper and a little oregano. Return to the oven until the mozzarella has melted thoroughly.

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