Physical exercise for geeks: the dough

published on April 27, 2014 in Articlesno comments

One important aspect that we cannot neglect is that long periods at the computer can create us physical problems. How many of you have experienced muscle ache of your right/left hand? This comes obviously because we keep our hands in the same position for long time and making the same movements.
Of course, those who join gym everyday have probably solved the problem. But those who cannot do that, need to find handy solutions in the day by day life.

So, I am here to suggest one handy and yummy solution: a very good way to exercise your hand + to fill your stomach with hand-made food!
The idea is: make your own dough for your home-made pizza!

Method

Now the ingredients for pizza dough you can find anywhere in internet, so I will just recap them here (but better check the dosage in a food specialized website or cook book.
You need: flour (let’s say 500gr for 3 people), yeast (we usually use brewer’s yeast, but you can use what you find – but adapt – in you closest drug store), some water (warm at 20°C), oil (possibly olive oil, 1-2 tbsp), a pinch of sugar and some salt to taste.

Put the yeast in half of the warm water with the sugar and leave it for 10 minutes. Then put the flour in a bowl and make a fountain where you will pour the watered yeast, mix. Then add the salt in the remaining water and pour it in the mix with oil too. After you knead the mix in the bowl for a while, you should get a nice ball. It must not be too wet or too dry. So if it is too wet, add some flour (little by little as needed); if it is too dry, add a little of water. When your ball has reached the right consistency, as said before, remove it from the bowl and put it on the work table, lightly covered in flour so it does not stick.

Well, it is now that the amusement starts!

A good pizza must have a very good knead and so this is the moment we can do our hands exercise.

So you can enjoy yourself in squeezing the dough, massaging it, or applying the typical kneading of a pizza chef. All good exercises for your hands. You can do this exercise for 10-15 minutes.

Afterwards, you leave your dough rest and yeast in a warm place for at least one hour.

Pizza: check if the dough is ready

Pizza: check if the dough is ready by slightly pushing your finger into the dough. If the pushed part returns back to previous position, the dough is ready. Otherwise it need more kneading.

When you see that the dough is nicely grown, then you can prepare your pizza!

Split the dough in pieces,  roll it out with the rolling pin or spread it out (if you do not have a rolling pin). Warm up a nonstick pan, lay down the rolled dough. After 3-4 minutes, turn it upside down and put some tomato sauce – if you like it. After 2 minutes, add some mozzarella in pieces – if you like it. You can use whatever dressing you want.
Then cook your pizza for other 5 minutes or as long as needed. Remember to cover the pan with a fitting lid.

Pizza is ready!

And finally: enjoy your pizza!

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