Picture of Rose Garden Pizza
Pizza can be art.

If it looks good, it should taste great.  I can't force your hand, but please don't use store bought dough or inferior sauce.  Whatever you do, please do not use the fake parmesan in a can.  That stuff is made entirely of evil and lies... and ground toenail clippings.

If you're going to go through the effort to make a rose garden pizza, why not make it taste fabulous?

Step 1: Make the dough (the day before)

Picture of Make the dough (the day before)
3 to 3 1/2 C bread flour (may substitute up to half with white whole wheat flour)
2 t salt
a couple squirts of honey, roughly 1-2 t
1 t dry yeast
a few grinds black pepper
1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 C cold water (yes, I said cold.)

This recipe will make enough dough for two large pizzas.  You can freeze the extra dough if you can't find enough people to eat two pizzas (although such a thought is shocking to me).

Dump 3 cups of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the salt, honey, oil, and yeast.  Add the water.  As long as you know your yeast is alive (if it's been successful in other recipes), you don't need to bother to proof it.  Grind in the black pepper.  Black pepper is good in pizza dough.

Attach the dough hook and beat the dough, slowly at first so the flour doesn't fly up in your face.  When the flour is all incorporated, turn up the speed.  Beat the dough until it curls up into a little ball and whimpers.

This dough is pretty wet.  If the dough absolutely will not pull away from the sides of the bowl, you can add the other 1/2 cup flour, but try not to add more than that.  If you beat it long enough (several minutes), the gluten that forms should help tighten it up nicely.

The dough will stick to the dough hook as you pull it away.  Scrape it off the hook and remove the bowl from the mixer.  Drizzle on some olive oil, scrape the dough away from the sides of the bowl, and roll it to coat it with oil.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge at least overnight.
SpagoPizza3 years ago
I think you used way too much oil . Try half of that quantity if you care for an advice
supersoftdrink (author)  SpagoPizza3 years ago
Oh, I'm not worried about one spoonful of oil for the dough being way too much... but thanks for the input. :) The dough does tend to look like it might be oily in pictures because it has so much water in it.
so nice.
FrozenIce3 years ago
AMAZING!! would love to try it, but this is a bit advanced for a 13 year old :P ill just stick to garlic bread.... for now...
AARONFTM4 years ago
Could you maybe use a spaghetti or similar instead of a toothpick?
My guess is that it would get crisp and brittle as the rose gets firm...
Then there would be nothing to forget that may be unsafe to bite down on.
suayres4 years ago
Yay Parmaggiano Reggiano! As Mario Batali says, "the undisputed King of cheeses"! I must agree--though I do maintain a special place in my heart for really well-aged cheddar, preferably from Vermont.
sweet looking, spicy in its taste! that's what I like! straight from Picninc'10 in Amsterdam Ola
skrubol5 years ago
The oven coil is emitting a lot of IR. The blue filters in digital cameras are typically more sensitive to IR than the green filters are, so you get red+blue=purple.
Ratz skrubol5 years ago
Yes, it is actually a brilliant example of how "cheap" camera devices can "see" infra-red! (well, certainly in the case of the high-intensity oven coil :P)
supersoftdrink (author)  skrubol5 years ago
Thanks :) I probably should've looked that up... but chasing three little kids around all day leaves my brain rather fried.
DAG10305 years ago
I was wondering what kind of texture your dough recipe has.
supersoftdrink (author)  DAG10305 years ago
It's chewy, not too firm or soft.
Azayles5 years ago
This is wonderful! I'm having pizza tomorrow, but now I've seen this 'Ible, I'm DEFINITELY having pizza tomorrow!
prstevens5 years ago
Got my vote for sure. Very entertaining & well thought out article. Looks and sounds delicious. We'll be trying it soon! Reminder: Dough will be easier to work with moistened fingers. leave your kitchen tap dribbling.
kcls5 years ago
Who knew pizza could be a fancy dish? Great instructions and pictures! 5 Stars!
causeeffect5 years ago
really pretty pizza. great idea. I love that you cooked the roses separately to eliminate some grease.
onrust5 years ago
Great photos
zascecs5 years ago
lol, on the front pic, I thought those were real roses...
Jayefuu5 years ago
Great pictures and instructions! The pizza looks delicious.
chello2k95 years ago
Humour wins me over, ...ground toenail clippings <3