Auckland’s North Shore locals are lucky to have a selection of cafes and restaurants offering good food and excellent coffee. One of my all time favourites Sausalito adjoins the cute Bridgeway Cinema on Northcote Point. Famous for cranking out tasty meals in extra-quick-time Sausalito has a wood-fire oven lit early in the morning which burns all day long in the heart of the restaurant.
This recipe is an adaptation from Peter, Sausalito’s head chef. The recipe is quick to prepare and will take one minute to cook in a wood-fire oven. If you are using a conventional oven make sure it’s piping hot and if you have a pizza stone pop it in the middle of the oven and crank up the heat before placing the bread to cook on top of the hot stone.
Makes 4 medium sized breads.
2.5 C self raising flour
2 C natural unsweetened yoghurt
1 tsp salt
Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbs approx
1 head of garlic chopped finely / crushed
1 small onion chopped finely
Parmesan – optional
Fresh herbs – I used thyme, you can also use rosemary, chives, oregano, marjoram.
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Turn oven to 200 degrees Celcius.
Mix bread ingredients together in a large bowl with a fork. When combined turn out on to a floured surface and knead for one minute, adding flour when the mixture gets too sticky.
Form into a ball and stand for 30 minutes. *You can stand for longer – this recipe can be prepared ahead in the morning if you have lunch or dinner guests – simply smear a little olive oil over the top of the dough, cover with cling film and store in a cool dry place.
Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Take a ball, place on a floured surface and with a rolling pin or your fingers flatten it until about ¼ cm thick. Smear olive oil all over the top of the dough and then sprinkle with your choice of topping. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in a hot oven (on baking parchment if using a conventional oven) / wood-fire oven until starting to turn gold and bubbling.
Remove from heat, cut and serve immediately.
NB** If you are GF you can make this with GF self raising flour – it doesn’t stretch as easily as flour with gluten in it so remember to be gentle when rolling it out or flattening with your fingers.
This makes an excellent pizza base ! Roll out dough and cover with your favourite pizza toppings then bake as above.