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Friday, 26 April 2013

Recipe for Pizza


 

Pizza is an all-time favourite among kids and teenagers. This slightly Indianised
version of Pizza will sure become a great hit among everyone in the family. Try and
enjoy, and… don’t forget to give your feedback.

 


Singapore Chettinad Recipes
Golden Crust with melted Cheese!
 
  
Mini Pan Pizza!
 
  
Medium Size Pizza! (8 inch)
 

 
Ingredients:

 
Bread Flour – 1 Cup

Plain Flour/Maida – 1 Cup

(This will yield 1 large thin-crust Pizza (or) 2 pan Pizzas)

Olive Oil – 2 to 3 tbsp.
Or

Butter – 40g

(If it is salted butter, avoid salt)

Sugar – 2 1tsp.

Instant Yeast – 1 tsp.

(Preferably DHL Yeast)

Salt – ½ tsp.

Warm water – ½ to 1 Cup

Finely Chopped Garlic – 2 cloves

Finely chopped & deseeded Green Chilli – 1

Dried Parsley flakes – ½ tsp.

Italian herb mixture – 1 tsp.

(Or) Oregano – ¼ tsp.

 

Toppings:

 
 Veggie Mix
 
Thin Crust! (before rising)
 
 
 
With Pineapple Topping!
 
 
 
 
 Toppings for a Medium sized Pizza
 
  
 Mini Pizza (slightly over 6 inch)
 
 
More Cheese for Kids! 
 
 
Mozzarella Cheese - as required

Olive oil (to brush) - 1 tsp.

Prego Pasta Sauce – 1 tbsp.

Preferred Veggie mixture

(Options are endless – to name a few, Capsicum/Bell pepper/deseeded firm Tomato/Onion/Button Mushroom/pickled Olives/diced Pineapples, etc.)

Pineapple gives a lovely flavour and tangy taste to the Pizza.

 

Method:

In a large bowl, combine sifted bread flour and plain flour, along with salt, sugar, herb mixture, parsley flakes and instant yeast. (Sometimes, instead of parsley flakes I use to add freshly chopped Coriander leaves, which adds a lovely flavour) If using butter, rub in butter with the flour before adding water.  If using Olive Oil, pour olive oil and combine well before adding warm water. Make a well at the centre and pour warm water little by little and knead it into smooth dough.  Keep kneading until it becomes soft and elastic.  Cover it with a towel or plastic wrap and leave it to rise.  It may take an hour or more for the dough to double-up in size.  After it doubles up, to let out the air, punch it down with your fist and knead again briefly.  Then roll it and spread in a Pizza pan, if making 2 pan Pizzas, divide the dough accordingly.  Cover it with a towel and leave it in a warm place for 2nd rising.  It may take half-an hour or more according to the climate. 

 Preheat Oven to 180◦C (or) 380◦F

 Now, it’s the time for making the toppings.  Brush it with olive oil and spread the sauce.  Spread the cheese and veggies.  If you like, sauté veggies lightly with a pinch of salt before you spread.

If you prefer it to be spicy add a ¼ to ½ teaspoon of paprika/crushed dried chilli to the vegetables.

When the oven is ready, bake the pizza for 12 to 15 minutes, until it is done. (Generally, cooking time of the ovens differ, so check for the done-ness after 12 minutes)

Delicious home-made pizza is ready. Serve hot. 


 

 
Straight from the Oven!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The crust is little thick..





 
Thin Crust Pizza!
 
Tips Tips Tips…

 For more information on fermenting yeast and raising the dough, kindly refer to my ‘Orange Sugar Bun Recipe’, below is the link:


For Sauce, I generally prefer, Prego 'Traditional', sauce, though I've tried other brands like, Dolmio, Raghu, etc.,


If you want to increase the quantity of Pizza, here’s a suggestion:

 Plain Flour – 2 and ½ Cups

Bread Flour – 2 and ½ Cups

Instant Yeast – 2 to 2&1/2 tsp.

Olive Oil – 4 to 5tbsp.

Sugar – 3 tsp.

Salt – 1 tsp.

Finely Chopped Garlic – 4 Cloves

Parsley Flakes – 1 tsp.

Italian herb mix/Oregano – ½ tsp.

Warm Water – 2 to 3 Cups (as Required)

The above quantiy can yield 3 large Thin Crust Pizzas (or) 5 Pan Pizzas.

Sizes: (approx)
 
Mini - around 6 inches

Medium -  8 to 10 inches

Large - 12 inches

 Flour :

If you don't have Bread flour, you can use just the plain flour.

On the other hand, if you want a whole-meal Pizza, you can use 1 Cup of whole wheat flour/Atta flour and 1 Cup plain flour.

 

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