STEP 1 - Preparing the dough by hand
Dissolve the brewer's yeast in the warm water and then add a pinch of sugar.
Pour the soft-wheat flour into the "Pasta Mixer" and add a teaspoon of salt. Start the mixer for a few seconds. Add the water with the dissolved yeast and 4 tablespoons of oil.
Start the Mixer and knead for 3 minutes.
Take out the dough from the machine and shape it into a ball with your hands. Dust it with flour and place it in a large bowl. Cover it with a cotton cloth and let it rise for at least 1 hour in a warm spot, away from any draughts.
STEP 2 - Preparing and baking crackers
When it has finished rising, place it in the Mixer and knead it for another 3 minutes.
Remove the dough from the mixer and let it rest for 90 minutes.
Prepare the Crackers by feeding a piece of dough through the rollers of the Marcato pasta machine with the adjustment knob set to 0.
Lightly dust both sides of the pasta sheet with flour and fold it in half. Feed the pasta sheet through the smooth rollers several times, until it is long and regular in shape.
Set the adjustment knob to number 1 and feed the pasta sheet through just once. You can make the pasta sheet thinner by setting the adjustment knob to 2, 3 and so on.
Place the sheet on a floured surface and make holes on the surface of the dough using a fork. Cut the pasta sheet into the shape of a cracker with the Pastawheel or a knife.
Place the crackers on a baking tray, first brush them with oil and then sprinkle with salt and lastly, with the chosen seasoning.
Pre-heat the oven to 220°C and cook them for approximately 20 minutes.
- The yeast must never be dissolved with salt, whereas sugar helps the leavening process;
- leavening in winter can be helped by leaving the dough to rise near a source of heat;
- use carbonated water for the dough as the mineral salts that it contains will improve the result;
- pizza needs to bake for 20 minutes in household ovens. Let it cook for the first 15 minutes with just the tomatoes. At the end of the cooking time, add the mozzarella and the other ingredients; then put it back in the oven to finish cooking.