countryCuisine DENEYSVILLE, FREE STATE
When The Country Kitchen in Deneysville, Free State, became a regular stop for bikers on their weekly breakfast runs, resident chef and pizza-Picasso Erika Laurika Basson decided that it was time to honour their leather-clad clientele for their loyal support.
Text and photography: Leilani Basson
Bikers are a big thing in Deneysville. The town is a perfect breakfast run (or fun run) destination, with a lot of lekker kuierplekkies where one can get away from the city and unwind.
“What these bikers need is a good, filling, nutritious breakfast – with enough lining and liquid padding — for a day off at the dam,” Erika decided.
So the staff put their heads together and came up with their best-selling “Bikers’ Breakfast Pizza”. But don’t let the name fool you. This is the perfect pizza for all occasions and all people – not just bikers.
“It’s a great alternative to scrambled eggs bombarded with the previous night’s left-over braaivleis for breakfast,” says Erika. “It is ideal for camping, and you can use any kind of meat or cheese on this pizza – even Viennas or polony and Kiri cheese.”
And it needn’t be for breakfast. This pizza lends itself to a quick, appetising meal for any occasion — a movie night, unexpected guests or just a nice change over the weekend. It doesn’t cost much to make and is nearly flop proof.
Bikers’ Breakfast Pizza
(enough for four people)
What you need:
500ml cake flour
2,5ml dry yeast
280ml luke-warm water
300g grated cheese
What you do:
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water gradually and keep mixing it until it forms solid dough. Add the oil and mix in well. Cover the dough and leave it to rise for about an hour.
Sprinkle the work surface with cake flour and roll out the dough. Put the dough on a plate or round pan, cut off the edges and spread with tomato paste. Bake in the oven at 200C for five minutes.
What you need:
2 Russian sausages cut in rings
1 medium onion cut into rings
Salt and pepper to taste
½ green pepper cut in strips
150g bacon cut into pieces
100g diced mushrooms
50ml tomato paste
What you do:
Sauté the onion and green pepper. Add the Russians, bacon and mushrooms and sauté for about three minutes. Add the tomato paste and chutney and cut two tomatoes into the mixture. Stir over the heat for a while and pour over pizza base. Cover with cheese and pour two beaten eggs over the cheese. Sprinkle with oregano, put in the oven (or a Weber when camping) and bake until well done.
Serve with a side salad.
*The Country Kitchen also serves traditional boerekos on Sundays. For R39 you get two salads, beef stew with rice, potatoes, three vegetables and a dessert. Tel 079 811-2272.