Earlier today, myself and a group of bloggers went to the home of celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo, to hear all about his new range of ready made pizza bases. And you know what? I don’t think I’ve ever had a more fabulous Tuesday afternoon!
Seconds after arriving I was greeted with a lovely glass of prosecco, which lets face it will make most folk’s troubles disappear. We were given the low down on the pizza bases by the man himself, and were made some very tasty pizzas to sample. Gino is every bit as charismatic in person as he is on the small screen, but so welcoming too and his energy is infectious!
The inspiration behind the products was wanting to create a fresh, as natural as possible, ready to use base which anyone could use to turn into delicious home cooked pizza. They can be bought in a kit with fresh tomato sauce, or without just as is, and will be available in two sizes. They come rolled up like a packet of tin foil, and wrapped in parchment paper to ensure freshness, and to keep the mess contained. All you have to do is roll the base out on a baking tray with the paper underneath, top as you wish, and cook for 15 minutes. Fresh pizza really doesn’t get any simpler than this – and it makes for a fun activity to do with the kids.
Gino D’Acampo kindly passed on some of his top tips
- don’t put tomato sauce on every surface of the base, leave about a fingers worth around the edge and brush with olive oil to stop it from burning
- don’t put delicate ingredients such as herbs or parma ham on the base straight away, scatter them on at the last minute otherwise they get destroyed in the cooking process
- less is more, the perfect Italian pizza only has a handful of ingredients on it
Regular readers will know that my family eat a grain free diet most of the time, but every now and then my hubby hankers after pizza (and not one that’s been made with a cauliflower crust). This will be perfect for those occasions, and who knows, I might even have a small slice myself!
Thanks so much for your hospitality Gino, all the best with the launch of your pizza bases
Disclosure: I was invited to hear all about the Bake With Me range by Tots100. They did not ask me to write this post, but I wanted to!