My theme for this week’s theme is pretty interesting. I have to cook three recipes from the Top 100 recipes of 2015 from here. The list has so many amazing recipes that it is hard to pick just three. But I have been having cheesy cravings for a while now. Don’t ask what’s new! So I decided to pick the Homemade Pizza for the first day. The only change I made was omitting th bacon and substituting it with some veggies. It was so good, if I may say so myself. The flip side is that the husband and daughter have decided to never have pizza from anywhere else. It’s a recipe for keeps!
So here goes –
Makes 2 9″ pizzas
WHAT WE NEED
Instant yeast 7 gms
Sugar 1 tsp
Water, warm to touch 1 1/4 cup
Salt 1 1/4 tsp
Oil ( canola / rice bran) 1/4 cup
All purpose flour 3 1/2 cups
Tomato sauce 2-3 tbsp
Mixed dried herbs 2 tsp
Baby corn 4
Button mushrooms 4
Cherry tomatoes 8
Pitted olives 5
Mozzarella cheese 3/4 – 1 cup
WHAT TO DO
- Mix the yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl and keep aside for 5 minutes
- Add the salt and oil and mix well
- Add the flour and combine it to form a soft dough
- Transfer the dough to a well floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes
- Keep it in a greased bowl for 45 minutes or until the dough doubles in size
- Cut the baby corns into 2 vertically, slice the mushrooms and olives thinly and cut the cherry tomatoes into halves.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, take it out of the bowl and cut it into two halves.
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- On a baking sheet or tray, roll out one half of the dough into a 9″ circle.
- Apply 1-2 tbsp of tomato sauce on it and spread it out. Sprinkle the herbs on top
- Arrange the veggies on top of the sauce and top it with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake it for 18-20 minutes till the ends start browning.
- If the cheese hasn’t turned golden brown by then, broil for 1-2 minutes
- Repeat the same with the other half of the dough as well
- Since my oven and baking tray are pretty small, the round shaped pizza turned out to have a very thick base. It was still tasty and perfectly baked but it was tough to feed a thick base to the daughter. Hence, I made the second dough into a rectangular shape which gave me a comparatively thinner base.
- Mix and match with toppings of your choice but keep the base recipe exactly like this one. It’s worth it!!!
This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme – Top 100 dishes of 2015.