I have had a few times when I could not light our oven. Or rather the oven lights but will not stay lit, or even more frustratingly will seem to stay lit until I check in 5 minutes, 10 minutes or even when a cake should be baked and it is out. I have had more than one occasion when I have sat with a newspaper to read while I hold my hand against the oven knob to keep it on to bake sausage rolls.
The pizza I made is my regular Fast track sourdough pizza dough. Let me tell you how I fried it:
- This pizza recipe makes a very sticky dough so I had to pat it out on baking paper.
- Flip the dough with paper still sticking to it upside down on a buttered frypan over medium high heat Fry for a few minutes with the paper on dough and a lid on the frypan until it gets a cooked dumpling look - doughy but less floppy.
- Peel the paper off the dough. If it sticks the pizza is not quite cooked enough and might need another minute or so.
- Flip the pizza (I used an eggflip), it should have brown markings on the underside when it is turned over.it
- Spread the tomato paste and sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Cook a further few minutes with the lid on again. It is cooked when brown marks on the underside and the cheese is melted.
- Slide it onto a plate cheese side up!
Next time I might put it under the grill at the end to crisp up the cheese. I lost the will to add extra toppings but might if I fry pizza again. If I wanted to put extra toppings on top I would make sure they are cooked before cooking the pizza (eg mushrooms and red peppers) or use toppings that don't need cooking (like olives and tinned pineapple).
He says there is no problem. I say there is. He checked my appliances and found the gas hose under my oven is pinched so the flow is not great. So I need a plumber to fix it. But it still doesn't explain why I have had poor gas flow since I have lived in the house and why it got even worse since the new meters arrived (as well as them doing their best to ruin the bit of garden by taking out all the plants and then leaving off the garden edging so all the soil ran out when it rained next).
Yes I am frustrated. Indeed. But I am relieved that I can fry pizza! And can you blame me if I need a chocolate dessert pizza to get me through the night!
UPDATE: April 2018 - the oven is finally fixed - check out my In My Kitchen post with more details on the saga.