Feb 20, 2017

Italian pizza... our new favourite

I have always had this regular crust pizza which is nice and thick and spongy and crispy to bite into. For long I have been making only this kind of crust until a few months back when we had an Italian-style pizza topped with indian-style spicy tandoori chicken and a lot more toppings. We had this at a pizzeria when went out for a small outing. After a day out under the hot sun we were all tired and on the way back home we decided to stop by a restaurant to finish off dinner too. Lucky that day we ended up at this pizzeria where the kids could have a little fun. There was an option for kids to get into the pizzerias kitchen and make their own pizza. The kids were so excited when they were asked to wear a cute pizza-slice-like-apron and pizza-like-cap before they could go into the kitchen

The chef was very friendly and helped the kids get comfortable with the surroundings. He helped the kids in doing every bit involved in pizza-making. Right from rolling the dough to spreading the sauce, placing the topping, sprinkling the cheese and finally placing the oven for baking. Every part of it was fun. The kids were smiling and giggling and talking and laughing and making and enjoying a lot. It was a different experience for them and they loved it sooo much. After they were done making the pizza they cleaned themselves up and they were asked to take their seats to enjoy their dinner. It was just a 5 minute wait time but they could not stand the excitement. They were very busy explaining things to me and my hubby (though we were around all the time). By the time the kids could finish explaining, dinner was served. It looked as any normal pizza but yes the bite had a great difference. The thin crust was sure a little different. It was a little crisp rather than the regular hand-tossed crusts and we liked it more. We became immediate fans of this thin-crust pizza that I dont remember how many time we have made this at home

My younger one always had a dislike for the corner crust from regular pizza and would never finish it off but toss it in the garbage bin. He would say there's too much of bread in it ;) Now he loves this one and  is always after me asking me to make this. If not often we sure enjoy it once in a while. The best part is you dont feel too heavy after finishing off your pizza

You can use regular pizza dough using yeast or just work uo a small batch using some baking powder and still enjoy the same. We love this in our home and I would suggest you try this too if you are a pizza fan. You will definitely fall for it :)

Serves... 3 ppl - makes 2 8 inch pizzas
Serve option... Hot

This is what u'll need...

Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
All-purpose flour/maida - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tbspn
Baking powder - 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste

For toppings ->
Sweet corn
Black olives
Mixed herbs seasoning
Pizza sauce
Oil - 1 tspn 
Cheese - as needed
Cheese spread - as needed (optional)

Here is the stir....
  • Make dough using 1 cup of flour. You can follow this recipe -> Pizza dough to make a regular pizza dough using yeast
  • If you dont want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen or if you looking for an instant dough then follow these steps. Since the dough is rolled out thin it really didnt matter which way the dough was made. I have tried both ways and they both tasted great
  • Measure half cup of whole wheat flour and half cup of all-purpose flour into a wide bowl. You can use all whole wheat flour or all maida too. Depends on how you like it

  • Add half a teaspoon of baking powder to the flour and also spoon in salt as needed

  • Add a tablespoon of oil to the flour
  • Pour some lukewarm water and knead it into a smooth dough. Let it rest covered while you cook your topping half-way through

  • For the topping I have used green bell peppers, onions, sweet corn and olives. Add a teaspoon of oil to a flat pan. When the heat is high toss in onions and capsicum and stir it for a minute or 2. Turn off the heat. Dont add the black olives in the pan, it can directly be topped on the pizza just before baking it
  • Add cooked sweet corn and sprinkle little salt and seasonings as needed. Toss everything well till spices are wonderfully blended. Keep this aside
  • By this time the dough would have become really soft. Divide the dough into 2
  • Dust your work surface and roll out each piece of dough till it nice and thin

  • Place it on a baking tray and prick it in various places using a fork so that it doesnt puff up while baking
  • Bake this in a 220 degrees preheated oven for about 3 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and smear pizza sauce on top followed by toppings and cheese
  • Bake this again for 2-3 minutes or until all the cheese is melted 
  • The initial recipe as per the chef calls for baking the completely made pizza for 3 minutes in a 225 degrees preheated oven. In my case the dough did not turn crisp at all so I followed the twice-bake method and it works great 

  • Slice up the pizza using a pizza-cutter and serve. Enjoy it hot and crisp

                                                      • Use toppings of your choice 
                                                      • Rolling out thin helps the crust get crispy
                                                      • Use fork to pierce the rolled out dough else it keeps puffing up

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