Sunday, April 11, 2010

Homemade Comfort: Pizza



After umpteen requests from my sister to make a pizza, I finally relented since I have all the ingredients on hand now.



Making the pizza crust was very straightforward and did not require as much kneading as making bread. The best thing about self-made crust is that we know what goes into it, and the amount of oil used can be controlled.
What's a home-made pizza without overwhelming amount of toppings? Ham, mushrooms, green peppers and loads of Mozzarella cheese = very salty pizza. Not a problem for us, actually. ;)



The crust was thin and crispy and the toppings plentiful. Even my sister gave it a thumbs up. She said it was better than expected and tasted even better than those from pizza restaurants! Finally a nod of approval from her.

Ingredients (makes two 12" pizza dough)
Crust:
250 g bread flour
1 tsp fast-acting dry yeast
1 tsp salt
150 ml lukewarm water
1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola oil)

Topping:
1 capsicum, sliced
1 can button mushrooms
4 slices ham
1 pack grated mozzarella cheese

Method:
  1. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix in the yeast. Make a well in the centre and add the water and olive oil. Using your hands, gradually work the ingredients together to form a soft dough. If the dough is too dry add a few drops of water.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 mins until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a round ball and place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for 1 hr or until double in size.
  4. Turn out the risen dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knock it down to release the air. Give it a few gently kneading. Divide dough into 2 portions. Shape into two balls, cover loosely with cling wrap and let it rest for about 10mins.
  5. Roll out each portion to a round, about 12" in size. Place dough on prepared tray.
  6. Spread pizza sauce over the dough to within 1 cm of the edge. Arrange a layer of grated cheese, followed by preferred toppings. Sprinkle the top all over with grated cheese.
  7. Bake in a preheat oven at 200 deg C for 20-30 mins or until the crust has turned golden and the cheese has melted. Serve warm.
Adapted from HHB's Vegetarian Pizza.


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