While Japanese food is delicious, after being away from home for over two months I have started to crave a lot of American food. Although it is near impossible to find oven-baked macaroni and cheese or pulled pork in Miyagi, my craving for pizza was met today when I had the chance to make and bake some pizza at my internship!
Despite my love for all things pizza, it was my first time stretching pizza dough– something that I found was a lot harder than it looks. After watching my coworker easily handle the dough into a perfectly-shaped circle, I thought that it was going to be a breeze. My hubris was quickly shut-down by my first attempt, as the pizza was shaped closer to a deformed heart than a circle. But it was a lot of fun shaping the dough and trying to get the sauce, cheese, basil, and EVOO all on the pizza before my coworker was done baking them– a challenge I always failed because the oven was so hot that it took approximately two to three minutes per pie.
After twenty-some results of abstract-shaped pizza-making, Hoya told me that I could even try baking the pizza a shot. It was definitely a fun experience using the large wooden paddle to lift the pizza and move it around the oven. It was absolutely mouth-watering watching the dough bubble up and the cheese melt before my eyes. After lifting it out of the oven and presenting it on a tray, it was revealed that my hard work had paid off as it was delicious, and thankfully, round.