2012/04/03

Where's the Yeast? (TWD Baking w/Julia: Pizza Rustica

Am I the only one who read this recipe three times trying to figure out when to add the yeast???

We make pizza on a fairly regularly basis in the house. And there is always yeast. (And a pie plate isn't involved either.)

Just sayin'



So, here's the story.

This was originally supposed to be part of a Sunday night dinner.

The dough was made. The disks were refrigerated.

The meat course was cooking.

Dessert was completed and resting.

A loaf of crusty hearth bread was baking away in the oven.


Then, at 4:30, after several hours of preparation, I get the phone call. The phone call that no one wants to receive after spending a busy afternoon in the kitchen.

No one was coming home for dinner. Other things came up. A few choice thoughts ran through my head. Ok, make that several choice thoughts...

Enough food to feed an army and it was just The Karate Kid and I.

So, we ate our portion of what was already made and everything else was wrapped up and stowed in the refrigerator for the next night's meal.

And the pizza rustica was on the back burner for another day...


...that is if the burner was working.

Fast forward a day. The thwarted pizza rustica was on the menu for that night's dinner.

So I took the dough out of the refrigerator to let it come up to temperature.

All the ingredients were lugged out of the refrigerator for the filling.

I turn around to start the oven. And the display on the oven is black. Dead. Out of commission. Seriously???? And of course, The Dude had left that day for a two week business trip.

Panic started to settle in. What on earth was I going to do with out an oven or stove for two weeks? The only thing we use the microwave for is a bread holder (and it melts butter sometimes). Panic settled in a little deeper.

Think. Think. Think.

I am an intelligent, capable woman. There must be something I can do to fix this - if that failed, I could call an electrician. Life as I knew it was not over. This is what I tried to tell myself in those brief moments.

And then a thought came to mind. Hit the reset button on the outlet (excuse me, The Dude later informed me that it is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter -GFCI) next to the stove. Bingo. Problem solved. Score one point for Team Cher.

Minor emergency aside, this ricotta pie (sorry, I can't in good conscience call it a pizza - where's the chewy dough, for Pete's sake?) was a piece of cake (no pun intended) to put together.


The crust came together like a dream in the food processor. And it rolled out as easy as it came together. The filling involved a little chopping and some stirring. Weaving the lattice crust was probably the most challenging piece of putting this together (aside from the whole oven trouble shooting episode).

Any time prosciutto is involved, I am fairly confident in the end results.

Both The Runner Girl & The Karate Kid gave this a "thumbs up". At the end of the day, if they eat it, it's a success.


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. A big shout out to this month's host: Emily of Capital Region Dining (Woot! Way to represent the 518) and Raelynn of The Place they Call Home. The recipe for this week's challenge will be posted on their site. Go check them out...

Next up, lemon loaves. (I have a bit of a love affair with lemons - so this was a no brainer).

59 comments:

  1. Go Team Cher!! I hate it when the oven goes! And mine always seems to have a problem during the holidays without fail. Your pie looks fabulous and I love all your photos. Looking forward to the lemon loaf.

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  2. Phew! I'm glad your oven was an easy fix. YOur pizza rustica looks great!

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  3. Woo-hoo! Great photos. Especially nice trick to place green herbs under the bite for a bit of color.

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  4. yeah, I can't say its a pizza either. Very quiche like though!

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  5. Yay - I admire your cool head in an emergency. Your pizza turned out great - despite no yeast.

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  6. Glad you solved the oven problem. You're a quicker thinker than I. This wasn't very "pizza-y", but I did like the end result. Yours is an impressive looking pie. And I love your flowered napkin ring.

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  7. Good way to save the day! I have trouble calling this a pizza, but what are you going to do? Your pie looks delicious;-)

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  8. It looks suspiciously like a fancy quiche to me...perhaps it's a healthy version of pizza? Looks lovely, though :)

    I would've kicked the oven door if faced with the same situation, and THEN we wouldn't be able to eat anything until the electrician came! You're one cool cat, Cher. Also, thanks for sending some love my way, I really do appreciate it <3.

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  9. haha representin' the 518!!! :)

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  10. See, you are one smart cookie! I, too, had to double check the recipe...looking for the type of yeast I needed to make this. Glad your family enjoyed!

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  11. My first reaction to the recipe was a little different: Oh no, another meat pie! I don't do meat pies. Blech. But then I realized, oh, okay, it's a quiche. Still curious about the name though. Nice save on the oven. I regularly blow circuits in the kitchen - me and the circuit breaker box are buds. :)

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  12. Hurray! You prevailed! LOL (lots of leftovers for you and Karate Kid)

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  13. Great baking adventure with a happy ending. What more could one want? Your lattice looks beautiful. I'm checking out everyone's crust because this was my first lattice crust and it was pretty wonky, but tasty. This recipe is a keeper.

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  14. Great perseverance, Cher! And your "quiche pie" looks great. And I agree, pizza is so misleading for us pizza lovers....

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  15. Love this post, Cher! Glad everything worked out and that you enjoyed it! :)

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  16. Sure doesn't seem pizza-ish, but it does look tasty.

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  17. Cher, I am wwwaaaaayyyyyy more impressed with your pushing the reset button than I am with your baking result. Where the heck's the reset button? That being said, whenever I get notification of your Posts, I stop everything and pull it up on my computer. This week you didn't disappoint. Thank you. Mary PS I passed on this weeks TWD. Moving back into my house after a 3-month absence. Not good.

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  18. Really nice pictures! Love the woven lattice. I thought about wanting to try weaving the strips, but I chickened out. Didn't want to mess it up. Sorry about your oven scare. I tend to rely on my hubby alot too, so much that I have trouble thinking for myself when he's not there and something goes wrong. Great job!

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  19. I agree - I can't really call this pizza. I'm so impressed that you figured out how to fix your oven; it never would've occurred to me to flip the switch. Glad your family enjoyed this!

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  20. Good thing this one keeps so well! You know, Cher, in 7 1/2 years of living in Italy - 3 1/2 in Naples - I never had this, so was a little skeptical, but, my friend who makes it every year said it was just right.

    Happy Easter!

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  21. haha, at first, I was like why are you thinking you need yeast??? Then it occurred to me that it was due to the "pizza" part of the rustica! LOL! at least the pie dough puffed up! It was pretty tasty either which way though! :) And good job with the oven, I have had panicked moments like that too :)

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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  22. Yeah team Cher!!! I have had Pizza Rustica many times before! I have relatives who would make it every Easter. I remember heavy and very rich…something I was not fond of! Nick’s recipe is so light and delicious!
    Your photos are lovely and so is your “Pizza” Rustica! Very nice!

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  23. Nice work with the oven "repair" :) Your photos are beautiful. We enjoyed this as a reheated dish many times!

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  24. Cher- love your photos with the turquoise napkin rings. Glad you liked this one. I did too...

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  25. Glad it all finally worked out!

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  26. Good for you to be such a strong, capable woman...well, we all have learned already that you are! Nice pie...agree, not pizza. This was a good recipe, but I was excited for pizza!!! the kind I know...but my Italian friends assured me that this really is a traditional pizza pie. And I'm glad I have kids and their families living near so that I can get them to help me eat all this cooking we do, otherwise we'd be eating some of this food every meal for a week. Cheers for Team Cher! and your beautiful baking.

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  27. OK, good on you for figuring out how to get your oven going again. We are collectively so lame at our house that for a year, we thought our central air was broken when in fact it was just that the circuit breaker had popped. (eyeroll) Nicely done on the pizza rustica as well, especially the weave on the top crust!

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  28. Cher,
    As I'm reading your oven plight, I'm trying to figure out what to do before reading your resolution! Great idea to hit the reset button on the oven.
    Nicely decorated plating too ;)

    ~ Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/twd-baking-with-julia-pizza-rustica/

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  29. Yours looks better than in Baking with Julia! Great lattice work!

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  30. I was missing the tomatoes and tomato sauce with mine, Cher. I'm glad things worked out for you. Isn't it funny how the electrical always goes out when the men leave the house?! Your pie looks beautiful and I love the photo with the pretty plate and napkin.

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  31. Hi Cher, I represented the 518 from 1990 - 1995. Went to UAlbany then worked at St. Peter's hospital. Small world!

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  32. Your pie looks great! I would not have thought to look for a "reset" button for the stove... but now that you mention it, that does kind of sound familiar...

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  33. Looks perfect, I get what you say about yeast but this wasn't like a regular pizza at all!!!!

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  34. What drama..but yours look amazing after all that!! Pizza..pie.. yeah i also couldnt get around it..

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  35. Your lattice work looks great. I'm glad you were finally able to get your pizza rustica made after all of that!

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  36. I've never really worried about my oven working until this recipe. The timing was pretty tight and it finally occurred to me: What if the oven dies and you can't make the pie by Tuesday? Glad everything turned out fine for you.
    -Lisa

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  37. Fantastic photos, as always! Such beautiful presentation. What an experience this project was for you! I'm super impressed that you thought to hit the reset button--whatever it's technical name, the button says "Reset" :)!

    I also wanted to let you know that I've given you the Liebster Award! You can check out the details here: http://adventuresceb.blogspot.com/2012/04/liebster-award-and-not-quite-fried-rice.html. I hate leaving links to my own site in other people's comments but there's no helping it this time. Keep up the fabulous blogging!

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  38. Oh goodness! That sounds like a stressful couple days! I'm glad the pizza rustica turned out good in the end though!

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  39. Wonderwoman!
    Big adventure (or disadventure) - Great description: I kept my breath till the end!
    Your Pizza Rustica looks great!
    Thank you for having visited my blog and left a lovely comment.

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  40. Hah, crisis averted! Well done ;)

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  41. Way to work it out with the oven issue!
    Yeah, this is not pizza for sure. But it's pretty good
    rustic pie (i.e.--cheese quiche?) ;)

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  42. Your pizza looks great! I'm glad you were able to avoid a baking disaster - I don't know that I would have thought of that!

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  43. That story was quite upsetting until you got your oven fixed! People need ovens! I would have probably had mine in the oven when the switch went out. That's how I roll. Your 'pie' looks perfect and we were expecting the real kind of pizza too. :)

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  44. Good thing you figured out was wrong with your oven! And your pie (I also don't want to call it a pizza) turned out really well! Love the plates and napkin holder that you used :-)

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  45. Way to go Cher! I probably never would have thought of that! The pizza rustica looks beautiful & I'm glad it was a hit for you. We also really enjoyed it!

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  46. Oh man, you had to work for your pizza rustica! I'm glad you persevered because that is one gorgeous pie. Love it!

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  47. what beautiful photos, love the lighting

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  48. Yes, all that & I was determined to try to cook the darn thing (crust that is) ahead of time!
    After the addition of spinach & roasted red peppers; this was a winner with us! Good on you with that quick stove fix- minor panic averted.

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  49. Sounds like you had your own booyah moment with this recipe! Don't you just love it when you are faced with a challenge and you meet it head on! Very empowering!
    Gorgeous photos!

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  50. Sounds like quite and adventure, glad you were able to figure it out. The pie looks beautiful and happy you had help to eat it.

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  51. Looks great, I agree with you - pizza is totally the wrong word for it.

    My oven isn't working at the moment so I'm using my tiny oven which is at the top rather than the main one. We don't have a microwave! I'm waiting for my father in law to come and visit- he's an electrician!!

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  52. LOL, loved your post. Great to know that this one was a success with your kids. Your pie looks amazing!

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  53. I even bought fresh yeast that now is sitting in the fridge :) Your ricotta pie looks great, especially with the charming parley beside it - great photo!

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  54. Definitely not pizza, but good all the same. Good deal with getting the oven working again!

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  55. Haha...I have called my husband many times in a panic when the reset button was needed-way to go!! A beautiful dish!

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  56. Great problem solving and beautiful lattice!

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  57. Go Team Cher! That is awesome problem solving! Glad that you all enjoyed the pie (I know, I keep thinking of it as a ricotta pie!), we really liked it also!

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