Disclaimer: The #MissionSamsung blog challenge, in conjunction with Webfluential, spans over eight months, include six challenges involving 60 bloggers who will participate in 18 missions with 13 prizes, all competing for one grand prize. In this round, the ten finalists each received a Samsung Smart Microwave Oven to complete challenges over the next three weeks. The winner will get to keep this appliance.
Okay, so it is time to tell you a bit more about this week’s Mission Samsung challenge. The ‘Weekend Night Feast Challenge’ needed to be completed by today, and you may remember I was a bit eager about getting started.
The instructions we received were as follows:
- Make the dough using the DOUGH PROOF function.
- Use your culinary flare to create a pizza that best describes you.
- Cook the pizza to perfection using the CONVECTION function.
I started by mixing bread dough for my pizza base, because bread is what I know, and I felt like I needed the comfort of at least one familiar component in this challenge.
- 500 g cake flour
- 10 ml Salt
- 5 ml Sugar
- 45 g Margarine
- 10 g Instant yeast
- 300 ml Lukewarm water
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then rub the margarine into the flour with the fingertips. Add the instant yeast and mix. Add enough lukewarm water to form a soft dough and knead the dough well until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Then I needed to proof the dough, and the user manual came in handy for that: put dough in suitably sized bowl, cover with cling film, and set on the low rack. I needed to use the 1-1 fermentation setting, so I pushed the Auto fermentation button once, and turned the dial one over, before pressing the start button. Forty minutes later my dough was ready to be rolled out and dressed up.
I like to think that quirkiness lies at the base of who I am, so similarly my pizza base consisted of a half-half mixture of good old tomato paste and deliciously tangy dijonnaise. This was followed by a liberal sprinkling of grated mozzarella, several slices of a lovely peppery salami, sliced mushrooms, and finally a doubly generous helping of grated Gouda (because I sometimes like to whine, and nothing goes as well with it as cheese ;))
Then I had to pre-heat the oven: “For convection cooking, it is recommended that you preheat the oven to the appropriate temperature before placing the food in the oven. When the oven reaches the requested temperature, it is maintained for approximately 10 minutes; it is then switched off automatically. Check that the heating element is in the correct position for type of cooking that you require.”
1. Press the Fast Preheat button. The following indications are displayed: 200 °C (temperature) you can continue to press this button to set your preferred temperature; 200 is max, 40 min
2. Press the Start button. The oven will now preheat to the requested temperature.
Once the oven was ready, I carefully slipped my creation inside, and in no time I had a deliciously melted cheese disc of culinary glory to serve up to… myself. In real life I’m not nearly as sociable as I am on-screen, and besides, this wasn’t something I wanted to share with anyone!
Almost the best part was reheating the leftovers using the 1-7 Smart Reheat setting. Instead of a sad, limp slice of meh I got a golden, crispy base and evenly heated-through second take of deliciousness!