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Beer in dough recipe for success for Winnipeg's pizza champ

Jun 26, 2023

Diana Cline is an eight-time Canadian Pizza Baking Champion. The owner of Diana's Cucina & Lounge at 730 St. Anne's Road is finishing up La Pizza Week on Sunday and then she's flying to Vancouver for a big industry event. Before I get to that, Diana's Pizza Week entry is the Farm Boy. It's topped with her house-made marinara sauce, chicken fingers, strip bacon, caramelized onions and a cheese mix of mozzarella and chive and garlic havarti. After the pizza is baked, it's finished with crispy fried onions. The crust at the bottom of all this is made using Moosehead Lager. Diana put Winnipeg on the pizza map back in 2005 when she got a lot of attention for using Moosehead in the dough of an award-winning pizza. She says beer in pizza dough has many benefits including different textures and tastes. A beer like Moosehead creates a crunch on the outside but the inside is soft and chewy. A lighter beer causes the crust to be crisper and lighter. Diana says beer and even wine has been used in pizza dough for centuries in Italy because when the water wasn't great, they needed a liquid that had gone through a filtration process. She's currently playing around with pinsa, a unique form of pizza that hasn't made its way to Winnipeg yet. Continued success, Diana!

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— Hal has written columns for years. He's also the host of Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 to noon on 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected].

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included RISING PASTA PRICES THE NEW FOMO HANDFUL OF WALNUTS GENE-EDITED PIGS VELVEETA CHEESE TRUFFLE NORTH AMERICA’S BEST BAR DESSERT FOR BREAKFAST — Hal has written columns for years. He's also the host of Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 to noon on 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected].