Pizza recipe for royalty in the style of María Zurita

Pizza is probably one of the most consumed foods by citizens of the world. It can be done so many ways there is no one who can resist this delicacy, not even royalty. This is how María Zurita showed us in Now or neverwhere she revealed not only how she prepares it, but also how María Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias liked to cook it.

The cousin of Felipe VI never ceases to amaze us. Now she faces a new challenge, being a contributor to the new magazine La 1 presented by Mónica López. Among his many tasks as a journalist, Zurita will be in charge of showing us and revealing curiosities about royaltylike, for example, that María Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias, in addition to being an independent woman with a lot of personality, was a great cook and introduced many Italian specialties that we know today in Spain.

According to Zurita, the former chef of the royal household used to impress the hand of María Cristina in the kitchen. And it is that the queen consort, with the Sicilian mark that characterizes her (since she was born in Palermo) brings the best Italian food recipes to Spain and she prepared, among many recipes, gnocchi, macaroni, ravioli… dishes that she executed perfectly, according to the former candidate of Masterchef.

For all these reasons, honoring his family name, María decided to go to the kitchen and cook a delicious pizza with the help of master pizza maker Ricardo Figurato, from Trattoria Popolare.

This is how María Zurita prepares the pizza

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Ingredients preparation
  • For the mass
  • 500 grams of strong flour
  • 300ml water
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 10 grams of salt
  • 2 grams of dry yeast
  • for the foundation:
  • Tomato sauce
  • grated parmigiano reggiano
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Maria likes to add bacon and finely chopped onion
  1. Mix and knead all the ingredients for the dough.
  2. Let the dough double in size, put it in the fridge and let it rest for at least 12 hours (the chef recommends 48 hours of fermentation).
  3. We take out the dough and divide it into portions an hour before making the pizza.
  4. Once ready, we shape it and start putting the ingredients.
  5. Spread the tomato well, add a pinch of salt, sprinkle the cheese, put the basil (all in that order) and put it in the oven. If you’re like María Zurita and like to put ingredients in it, add bacon and finely chopped onion (or whatever you prefer) first.
  6. Bake at 250º for 10 minutes (the time will depend on the power of your oven).

What is the original pizza?

Out of curiosity, It is believed that the pizza introduced by María Cristina de Borbón was the “marinera” style. Well, as expert Ricardo Figurato revealed to Zurita, in Italy it is often said that it is the real pizza, the original“It’s a pizza the sailors made with tomato sauce, oregano and anchovies they caught that day.”

Whichever comes first, now you can enjoy countless delicious ways to prepare and enjoy this traditional Italian recipe, like the ones we show you on the RTVE cooking portal.


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