Home made Pizzas are so yummy and so much healthier. This Sunday evening I wanted to eat something else – apart from the regular saaru, sambar or palya. So I suggested to my wife that let’s cook Pizza. She has had her right elbow fractured (mildly) and over the past two weeks I have been venturing into the kitchen. In the end the pizza turned out to be great. Here is how we made it.
Base: Yes, we made the base at home. Mix the following in a blender
– 4 cups of All purpose flour
– 1 cup of bread flour
– Mix 3/4 cup warm water with a table spoon of yeast and 4 teaspoons of sugar. Leave it to rise.
– 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
– 1 table spoon of Olive oil
– 1 table spoon of butter
Mix above in the blender until you make a nice dough. Leave the dough in a warm place like the oven (off) for about 90 minutes. It would have risen well then.
Sauce: Yes, make the sauce at home.
– Chop 1/2 a good sized onion into fine pieces (mince is okay)
– Sautee onion with 2 spoons of olive oil. Then add
– Add 4 teaspoons of brown sugar.
– Add 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder
– 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (parsley, etc mix).
– 8 fl. oz of Hunt’s tomato sauce.
Bring above mix into a paste leaving in the vessel for about 5 minutes.
Cut a onion and a green pepper. Also slice pineapple pieces.
You can make four 12-inch size pizzas with above dough. Start with one quarter as a round ball and spread it into a flat round base. Use flour to keep the dough from sticking to the surface (I used the island top) and also from shrinking after spreading.
Keep the base in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until it turn very slightly brown. Then remove the base and sprinkle grated cheese (just lightly), then add tomato sauce prepared above so it forms a light layer over the cheese. Spread Onions, green peppers and pineapple (don’t overload with vegetables). Finally spread grated cheese on top of the vegetables again. Leave the base prepared so far back in the oven until the cheese starts to turn golden brown.
Your home-made, healthy pizza is ready.