Baking| ERGO Knives {a review} & the best pizza dough ever {Peter Reinhart}

“I got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night…”
Annie get Your Gun

Peter Reinharts Pizza Dough & Ergochef KnivesThe lyrics above from the musical, Annie get Your Gun which we performed in university, sum my post perfectly. I had everything I ever wanted that day! I had Peter Reinharts pizza dough risen and ready to be baked into pizza when the bell rang. It was the good old postman and he looked HAPPY! Was it the misplaced lens cap that I had ordered on ebay? He looked happier than ‘lens-cap happy’, and impatiently thrust a heavy parcel into my hands.It’s here!” he announced as if I had won the first prize…Ergo Chef Knives

ERGO was written boldly across the packaging. I had completely forgotten that the pro knife folk at Ergo had asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their range of knives. YES please! They sent me 2 knives from their pro-series range – a 7″ Santuko Hollow ground edge and a 3.5″ pairing knife, in my opinion 2 knives that are a must have in every kitchen!

Ergo Chef has a fabulous range of knives, ergonomic and stylish in design, forged from one piece of high-carbon German steel (type X50CrMoV15), so there’s no chance they’ll snap in two. They’re also precision heat-treated for long edge life to 56-58 RC. {That’s “Rockwell,” the hardness test for steel}. In layman’s terms, that’s a perfect hardness for long edge life.

Ergo Chef KnivesI’ve ALWAYS been maniacal about my favourite kitchen tools, especially good kitchen knives. I have an old Santuko which has seen its days and these gleaming Ergo-babies had me chopping in next to no time. The Ergo Chef knives feel good and sturdy to hold, have a razor S H A R P  edge, and a comfortable wonderful grip. Have you a ‘thing‘ about chef knives? Do you obsess about no one else getting near your fave kitchen knife or culinary possession?

The design is ergonomic {as reflective of the name ERGO CHEF} and chopping has seriously taken a whole new meaning since they arrived. Onion slices as thin as paper, herbs chopped fine like I love them, the characteristic hollow ground depressions that keep food from clinging to the knife … in my eyes perfect properties for a good knife. We were well on our way to PIZZA now… CHOP, CHOP, CHOP!!Peter Reinharts Pizza Dough & Ergochef KnivesThis pizza dough is touted by Heidi @ 101 Cookbooks as the best pizza dough ever, and she’s spot on! The last time I made Peter Reinhart’s pizza dough was for a DB challenge. I was far too  inexperienced and even though it made a great pizza, what I got this time was simply the best. It’s SO GOOD that I might never bother experimenting with any other recipe. It’s got many plus factors primarily the make in advance factor. That works for me like nothing else. I sleep best when I know I have dough in the fridge. In addition, the crust is light as can be, crisp on the edges, and the resting in the fridge gives it a mature deep flavour …Peter Reinharts Pizza Dough & Ergochef KnivesMaybe the dough was good because of the Thermomix {another kitchen ‘item’ I’m obsessive about; add to the list my microplaner … }, or probably the vital gluten that Suma from Bangalore was sweet enough to courier me. Mr PAB called it the best pizza we’ve had! Did I tell you that the dough had a wonderful roasted garlic flavour which came through with just the slightest tang of my pickled red chillies? Of course it had a generous helping of fresh herbs from my flourishing herb garden! Yes, this was the best pizza ever.Herbs from my gardenErgo Chef KnivesThe toppings were minimal as Heidi suggested and she was a 100% right again. I would have loved to just make it a plain Margarita, but I struggle to get nutrition into my troublesome teen so my toppings on a basic homemade red pizza sauce were finely sliced mushrooms {sauteed in EVOO, garlic and herbs till flavoursome}, and roasted bell peppers, topped with Himalayan buffalo mozarella, pickled red peppers and fresh oregano!! The base took well to the toppings and we really enjoyed this vegetarian pizza! {pardon the pictures of the pizza as it was night by the time I got organised}.Kitchen Tools

Tell me dear readers, do  you have a kitchen gadget/tool that you are possessive about ? What is your favourite pizza dough recipe?

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. The knives do look like excellent quality Deeba as does your pizza!!
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  2. cool knives and wow what a fab pizza

  3. ooh those knives look gorgeous! i have something of a knife-fetish too! Recently tried the PW pizza from scratch and really liked the no-fuss recipe.

  4. Those knives look super-sharp and wonderful esp for huge amount of veggies we have to cut up for our day to day Indian cooking! Love the pizza too. Can we omit the wheat gluten?
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  5. I love a sharp knife with a good firm grip that makes work in the kitchen soooooooooo much easier!´s last blog post ..Sauteed Bitter Melon with Potatoes and Garlic-Korolla BhajiMy Profile

  6. Love the knives..Pizza looks great,though I am not a big fan of thin crust Pizzas,recently tasted one from an Italian Pizzeria[margarita] and loved it.

  7. I feel like buying a new knife now 😀 The clicks are beautiful as always. This looks like a healthy pizza recipe and looks perfectly made !
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  8. Loved the knives Deeba!!! You have the tomato mess look so good. Beautiful shots as usual :)

  9. I understad how you are about your knives. I’ve got to say, I don’t like anyone in my kitchen. Its MINE. I am always watching if someone is in there with my beady little eyes. I just feel sure they will ruin something LOL. I need to get a life.
    Beautiful pizza. I have never made a pizza from scratch, but I’d like to try one day.
    *kisses* HH

  10. I love good knives and those look great!

    This pizza is beautiful! Yummy.



  11. Well, I probably won’t buy the knives but the pizza looks extremely good! I love spicy food and the chillies must be great with the dough. I love your photos – they’re always fantastic no matter what you take photo of :)

  12. rashmi says:

    hi, beautiful pics as usual…….
    D , i recently tried Rachel allen’ recipe for pizza dough….. can b done the same day…..with 30 mins in fridge……my son (4 yrsold) loved it

  13. Good knives are a must! I would of been excited to see that box on my door step too! Your pizza sounds and looks amazing. My dad is the one who works at perfecting his pizza dough and sauce. I’ll have to show him this one for sure!
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  14. I love Peter’s crust! I never get mine as thin as yours but it’s still wonderfully airy, flavorful, and has a nice crisp outside.
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  15. We are on the same wavelength – I just posted a few items about invaluable kitchen gadgets. I am always tempted to take my knives on holiday (cooking in other people’s kitchens with bad knives is torture). Microplane – check – what a wonderful invention. Have not ventured into Thermomix territory. My stick blender is in use quite a lot (in fact giving a Braun version away at present). Peter Reinhart book is on wish list.
    Love the pictures of your herbs. Mine are just succumbing to the onset of summer humidity here so look a bit sad. Gorgeous post as always.
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  16. deeba, where can we get those knives from?

    • Hi Reeya, Here’s a note for Ergo Chef…
      For anyone interested in your own chef knives, just have a look at our website:
      If you’re interested in free knives (and who isn’t) you can follow us on Facebook (ergochef) where we will be doing a series of giveaways starting in May.

  17. Absolutely, that’s the best pizza dough! I’ve made it and we loved it.
    Your knives look excellent, Deeba. And your photos of everything are marvelous!
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  18. I am totally in love with those knives… And thanks for sharing the pizza dough recipe…
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  19. Sounds and looks great!
    How much is 1 tsp yeast?
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  20. The knives seem like wonderful kitchen tools to own! Have read rave reviews about Peter Reinhart’s basic pizza dough and now I just can’t wait to try it out…am sure the pizza tasted as fabulous as it looks!

    Am very sure the pizza tasted great cos of the TM and the maker of the pizza:-). Am glad you found the gluten useful, the pleasure was entirely mine Deeba!
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  21. I’ve NEVER had a good knife set becuse i’ve always been stingy and bought cheap ones. These look and sound pretty professional. Your crust is so thin and looks crsipy. Just the way my husband likes it! Not sure I can get the vital wheat gluten though!
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  22. I’ve tried the Reinhart’s dough recipe and liked it, but I have fallen with a more simpler dough recipe that has such an unforgettable flavor for a recipe with only 6 ingredients. I found it on Kayotic Kitchen ( I’ve tried a number of pizza dough recipes but fell in love with this one. However, I’m wondering if I should try out the Reinhart recipe again with those extra additions you mentioned. Your pizza looks fantastic.

    I’m so jealous of those knives! I wish I could try those babies out!! My favorite gadget is my knife and my thick cutting board. Of course, I love my KA mixer, too. Anyway, I forgot what kind of knife I have but it is one of those good ones because it cost me $100 for one of them LOL! For a graduate student, that’s a lot of dough (no pun intended :D).
    Lovely photos!

  23. Hey Deeba, I have an idea – why don’t you just adopt me and I will come live with you and we can bake and cook all day? LOL
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  24. Those look like fantastic knives, Deeba! I’m needing a new 7 inch, may have to go with Ergo.
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  25. This is also my favorite pizza dough recipe…SO SO SO good! Definitely swoon-worthy. :) I get very possessive about my little ramekins, not sure why!
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  26. I really like Peter’s recipe as well. I make a somewhat similiar one with a starter.
    Great post. Best, Sandie
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  27. Wow! That pizza does look amazing… May have to try it…
    We’re so glad you like the knives (and that they were put to such good use on that pizza) and the photos are great!

    For anyone interested in your own chef knives, just have a look at our website:

    If you’re interested in free knives (and who isn’t) you can follow us on Facebook (ergochef) where we will be doing a series of giveaways starting in May.

  28. Delicious! To bad that I never managed to make a pizza at home.. :( I will keep on trying. Maybe your recipe will help me. :)

  29. George @ Kitchen Knives Best says:

    Indeed, Ergo Knives are very good. I think that an professional knife made out of quality materials makes the difference. Every kitchen should have at least three professional knives. It makes your job much easier.
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  30. meenakshi says:

    living in delhi .want to make but 2 questions – is instant yeast and dry active yeast same and from where can i get vital wheat gluten?

  31. meenakshi says:

    living in delhi want to make but 2 questions- is instant yeast and dry active yeast same and where can iget vital wheat gluten?

  32. meenakshi says:

    thanks for replying can i use dry active yeast instead of instant yeast in this pizza recpie ?

  33. debbey says:

    are vital wheat gluten, wheat gluten or gluten flour same ? do you know how to make bread flour at home?
    please reply as you are the master in baking field.

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