Welcome to Little Chef’s Apron! Today we’ll make something that all of us love. Something that we quite eat a lot in restaurants but people think is hard to make at home. Pizza is something that with good tips and ingredients, can be made remarkable just like that of a pizzeria’s. This recipe serves 4 medium sized pizzas. You can customise all the ingredients based on the quantity required. We’ll make this in 2 parts.
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1- 1.5 cup warm water
1 tsp dry yeast
3 tbsp olive oil or normal oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano and mixed herbs
2 tbsp melted or softened butter
If you’re looking for a healthy version of pizza then there is no need to worry as you can refer to my post of healthy version of garlic bread. You can use the same dough in this pizza recipe too.
. First prep the wet ingredients. Warm the water and if it’s too hot then let it to cool down as hot water can kill the yeast.
. Now, usually the butter is added to the dry ingredients but after three of my attempts, I found out that butter added to the wet ingredients enhances the flavour even more. If you want you can avoid butter but using it just makes the dough more soft and makes it extra delicious.
. Now add the yeast and sugar to this mixture. You might be thinking the reason to add the sugar, sugar acts as a form of food for the yeast and adding too much will kill the yeast; and adding too less won’t provide enough food so this quantity is enough but also doesn’t affect the taste.
. For the dry ingredients, add the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix the oil in this. Also add the mixed herbs and the water mixture. If you think that the mixture is too dry or too wet, then it is maybe because of the flour you’re using. Add more flour or few drops of water as required. Mix this roughly with a spoon or spatula and transfer it to a board.
. If you’re too fussy about cleanliness and don’t want to get your kitchen dirty, you can always do it in a plate or a bigger mixing bowl. Add more flour on the dough mixture and set a timer for 10 minutes. Knead it to and fro and you’ll know when you’re done. The dough will be smooth and playful and it should spring right back when you poke it.
. Turn this into a ball and apply oil inside the bowl and on the dough. Cover it with a wet cloth or use cling film to cover it. Leave it out in a damp place for 3 hours or even overnight.
Don’t add too much salt if you think that the dough will be salt less as adding salt slows the production of yeast.
. Knead the dough again for about 2 minutes and bring it back to life after all that gluten development. Divide the dough into pieces according to the desired size. Roll it out into a circle with a rolling pin by applying a little flour on it.
. It not being a perfect circle is what makes it so perfect and recreates from a pizzeria.
2-3 fresh tomatoes
2 tsp mixed herbs and salt
2 tsp chilli sauce and pasta sauce( optional)
1 tsp water
1 tbsp butter and oil
1/2 tsp sugar(optional)
. Boil the tomatoes in water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
.Let them cool and blend them either with an immersion blender or in a blender jar. It’s okay if its a little chunky but they should have a little liquid in it.
. Transfer this into a non stick pan and switch on the stove. Let this cook for about 5 min and stir occasionally. Add the butter and you can also add fried garlic but it’s totally optional. Also add the spices and salt and mix it properly. If the sauce is too thick then add the other sauce and water in it.
. Sugar is just to balance the sour taste of tomatoes. If you have a sour tooth then skip this step.
. 2 cups grated cheese of your cheese( could be mozzarella , cheddar or Parmesan)
. 1/2 cup vegetables of your choice( onions, olives or capsicum)
2 tsp oil
2 tsp oregano and chilli flakes
. Apply the sauce over the rolled out dough evenly.
. Preheat your oven at 180*C for 20 min. The one thing you want to recreate from a pizzeria is getting your oven as hot as possible.
. Add the cheese and vegetables and if you want to add any other toppings.( bacon, chicken, pepperoni)
.Place it in the oven with a stand so it could get the upper heat for 10-15 minutes on 190*C. If the crust and cheese aren’t golden brown then pop it back for 3-4 minutes.
. Serve it hot with some fresh basil and oregano.
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