Jigsaw Turns Two Years Old
Wow! What a great evening for a birthday party. I counted 20 humans and one dog. Attached is a photo of what the birthday cake looked like before we started eating it.
I have to say that it is INCREDIBLY gratifying to have a community where I show up with a crazy idea and the basic parts to pull it off. And people jump in with enthusiasm to help make it into reality. To me, that’s Jigsaw at its best. People are seen, valued, and met with excitement about who they are and what they want to do.
When you look at the photo, it should be pretty clear why freezer, as Danny put it, “Looks like a Gringott’s vault with a multipicity charm on it.” The leftover elements are in plastic freezer bags. Please eat at will. Also, please be sure to tightly close BOTH ziploc bags to keep the elements fresh as long as possible. Be warned, the frosting is a might tart.
There is also some leftover pizza dough and toppings in the freezer and fridge. To use the pizza dough, let it thaw for about 30-45 minutes until you can knead it without hurting your hands (pliable). Preheat the convection oven (on convection, not bake) to the highest temp without crossing over into ‘broil’. Spread your dough out into about a 10″ circle on a piece of tin foil that has been rubbed with <1 tsp oil. Decorate your pizza, pick up the tin foil and put it on a baking sheet, then put the sheet into the oven. One pizza takes about 15-20 minutes to bake. Keep an eye on it or set the timer on the oven.
If there isn’t any more pizza dough in the freezer, you can easily make some by following this recipe (makes 4 personal pizza crusts): 2 c flour + 1 c water + 1 tsp active dry yeast. Stir until all flour/water absorbed. Knead in the bowl or on a table (that you have wiped solder residue off of) about 10 minutes until dough is soft, not sticky, and ‘bounces back’ from making an indentation with your finger. You may need to add a little more flour, about 2 tbsp at a time if your dough is quite sticky (ie sticks to your hands, table, bowl even after 5 min of kneading). I don’t believe there is any left over yeast, but you can pick up a package of 3 (good for 6 batches of dough) at Uwjimaya or any grocery store for about $2.
And thanks for making Jigsaw the coolest club house I always wanted as a kid but never knew existed.