It has been a dream for me to bake pizza and after reading books and surfing sites i gained a quiet confidence to bake pizza. First of all i did not want to use maida or All purpose flour and so i substituted with refined plain wheat flour .Again it is refined and white , yet cannot help for some recipes . The first time i baked, the whole family was waiting for each pizza and we hungrily gobbled it . But this time with much preparation and a guide for baking from a book borrowed in the National library i set on my baking pursuit . i have used what i have in my hand and this is just my version of Pizza. The result is we got soft pizzas and with good taste.
Refined plain wheat flour – 4 cups ( You can mix all purpose flour and wheat flour in equal proportions also)
Dry Yeast – 1 tsp
Warm water – 1 cup
olive oil – 1 tsp
Add the flour and mix with salt. Make a well in the middle , add yeast and warm water. Wait for few minutes and the yeast will dissolve . Then mix the flour slowly with the water and make it into a dough. Finally add little olive oil. Cover this and leave it for an hour or more .
For the Pizza sauce:
You can either buy any ready made pizza sauce or can make at home.
Red Bell pepper – 1(big)
Onion – 3
Garlic – 4 flakes
Omam (Thymol seeds) – 1 tsp
Black pepper – 1tsp
Olive oil – 1tsp
Method: (For sauce )
Blanch tomatoes and skin it, cut into 4 pieces. Add oil in a pan, Fry the bell pepper, onion, garlic and tomatoes. Add pepper, salt and omam. Grind it to a smooth paste.
The dough will be now double in size . Do not knead it hardly but just knock it softly. Divide into big balls and roll into ½ inch thick circles It is better to put this in the pizza pan and then add the toppings because after the toppings are added it will be difficult to transfer.
- Prick with a fork on top of the circles.
- Apply the tomato sauce.
- Sprinkle the cheese.
- Top the vegetables .
- Sprinkle cheese again.
- Dribble little olive oil.
- Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees..
- Bake the Pizza for 15 minutes .
- Cool it in the cooling rack and serve.