HOME MADE PIZZA

By the amazing request of all of you i am putting up the recipe of my home made pizza from scratch. I make many types of pizza dough… using dry yeast or simply baking powder and kneading it with water or yogurt or milk or a combination of all 3!! I have learnt the secret to a good dough is kneading it and leaving it to rest. Franky all the doughs i make turn out soft, flaky and crispy so i guess the oven temperature has an important part to play too! I also make naan bread out of this recipe
PIZZA DOUGH:
1 envelope of dry yeast OR 1 envelope of baking powder (yeast is 7 grams…baking powder is 15-16 grams)
2 teaspoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter
1 teaspoon of salt
350 gramos of white flour
1/2 cup of warm water
warm milk or yogurt or even water to knead the dough…yogurt should be room temperature
METHOD:
put the yeast (or baking powder) in a bowl with the sugar and the salt and pour the warm water on it and leave it to get active /frothy for a few minutes. Its easier to work with baking powder than yeast because if the water is too warm the yeast wont get frothy and you have to restart.
Add the rest of the ingredients and make a dough. Knead well for a few minutes and then keep it covered in a warm place( i keep it in the sun) for a few hours till it rises… (yeast will cause the dough to double in size… baking powder makes it rise less..but the effect is the same)
FOR THE SAUCE:
I just use tomato paste combined with tomato ketchup and chilli sauce(optional) and to this i add dried oregano, garlic powder.
TO ASSEMBLE:
Roll the risen dough into a round or a square and then smear it with tomato sauce. Add grated cheese of your choice ( i use a mixture of emmental, cheddar, edam and mozarella)
Now i add whichever ingredients i want to add such as: finely sliced onions, capsicums, fresh mushrooms, canned artichoke, ham, black or green olives, etc. In this pic ihave added onions, mushrooms, black olives and ham…. I have also added indian spices to the tomato sauce to create a “masala pizza”…it tastes awesome… Put it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees and bake til its done.
NITU DIDI TIP: you can drizzle some olive oil over it to give it that real italiano look…
you can roll the dough thicker for a deep pan pizza effect or thin …its actually upto choice…Please remember if using baking powder the dough wont be verry pizza like but its quite good in taste. Many a times when using dry yeast it has failed to rise because of the temperature of the water..thats something which one has to work ones way out
I do hope this recipe has been helpful to you :):) Please feel free to ask me questions and ill do my best to answer them.

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