Make pizza not war – an evening at Craft & Dough

Hi everyone,

Today I want to take you back to the glorious late-summer evenings, when it was warm enough to sit out on the balcony and enjoy the culmination of your pizza-making efforts. 

That, ladies and gents, is exactly what I did at the bloggers’ pizza making night* at Craft & Dough on Ecclesall Road.

For a self-confessed pizza addict like me, this invite was a dream come true. I practically skipped out of work with excitement. Sure, I could probably eat a good portion of Italy out of pizza (if you’ll pardon the pun) but had I ever actually MADE one? Nope. And that was all about to change.

We were greeted on arrival and offered a cocktail in the bar (espresso martini, thanks for asking) which gave us and our +1s the chance to mingle with the other guests. 

I was really surprised (in a nice way) that I knew absolutely no one at this event! Sheffield has quite a tight-knit community of bloggers, so much so that you can usually expect to see a lot of familiar faces at events.

I love meeting new people, so it made for a lovely evening all round. Go check out No Space For MilkMashtun And Meow and Two Hungy Housemates And Me for a healthy dose of Sheffield blogging loveliness.

You won’t be surprised to hear that to start making pizza, you need a big hunk’a dough. Shocking, I know – I didn’t expect that either! You add salt and yeast to the flour and knead the night away,

Seriously though, the kneading seems to go on forever and is surprisingly hard work. You have to persevere until upon poking the dough (not a sentence I ever thought I’d be writing) it bounces back. That way you know you’re in for some seriously doughlicous delights. Yeah okay, I’ll stop now. This is how excited I get writing about pizza.

Once the dough is ready, you flatten it using the bottom of your palm to stretch it into a circular shape (whilst trying not to tear holes in it like I did), then you’re then done!

It says Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat for anyone who was wondering 😉

Now comes the fun part… adding toppings! I’ll tell you all a secret – my ideal pizza is pepperoni, red onions and jalapenos or some equivalent level of spiciness (chilli oil, flakes, etc). I’ll be honest, I love a stuffed-crust too but this is a classy establishment so we’ll leave that guilty pleasure at home where it belongs.

Now speaking of spicy things, Craft & Dough also do njuda sausage, which if you’re unfamiliar is a Spanish spiced ground sausage. It sounds horrible, but it’s SO nice. 

I put a load of that onto my pizza with my usual faves and waited patiently (or perhaps not so patiently as mine came out last) for it to be cooked in the wood-fired oven outside on the terrace.

The group of us all got on really well – we talked away until the sky turned dark and were all a happy, full bunch of bloggers with probably the most impressive food and drink babies on the whole of Eccy Road.

Jake from Craft & Dough who took us through the entire evening was an absolute STAR – his knowledge of the pizza making process, as well as origins of the ingredients (the dough, amongst others, is sourced directly from Italy) were second to none. He really made our evening what it was. 

The other staff too seemingly couldn’t do enough for us, and that really is in my view one of the things that can make or break a bloggers event. Jake also let me take a Boomerang of him throwing a pizza up in the air which let’s face it, is PRETTY DAMN AWESOME. Employee of the month goes to you, my friend.

Craft & Dough, as always, it was an absolute pleasure. Thank you to Jake and the team for one of my favourite memories of the Summer.

Yours, now, rather hungrily,
H x 

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