I’m yet to find a person who would not say no to these cheesy gooey Pizza. Though I have made pizzas many a times it has always been with the ready made pizza bases available in the market and this is the first time I’m attempting it from scratch. This is the recipe that my children chose from Sangeetha’s space for the Blog Hop Wednesdays. As I know her space right from the time she started I know her recipe collection very well and hence left it to my children’s choice. Trust me when I say that I will not buy the base from stores any more and it will be always be homemade from now on. There is something to homemade pizza which makes you fall in love with them all over again.
Do excuse the clicks, it was very late in the evening and the light has started to fade. I forgot to grease the edges of the pizza with oil and hence they appear a bit white but apart from that everything else was perfect. I prefer thin crusted ones to the thick ones and made a few changes according to my family’s preferences but you can always experiment with the versatile pizza. I followed my friend’s tip on how to avoid sogginess and baked the base beforehand and it worked like a charm.
- All Purpose flour – 1-1/2 cups
- Instant Dry Yeast – 1 packet / 2-1/4 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Milk / Water – 1/2 cup
- Olive oil / Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
For the Topping:
- Onion – 1
- Tomato – 1
- Capsicum / Green Bell Pepper – 1
- Mushrooms – 2
- Tomato sauce – 3 to 4 tbsp (I used Del Monte)
- Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Pizza Cheese – 1/2 cup
Preheat the oven @ 220 Degrees Celsius.
Mix together flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut open the packet of yeast into it and mix once more. I used a mixture of both and milk and water. Heat till it reaches lukewarm stage and pour over the flour and make into a dough.
Add oil and smear your hands and form a soft dough. Grease a bowl with oil and place the dough in it and close with a lid or a damp towel and let it rest for an hour. Mine tripled in an hour.
Now punch the dough to let the air out and place the dough on a board and with the help of a rolling pin gently make a big circle. I used the pan that came with the oven for baking. I greased the bottom with oil and lightly floured it. Transfer the circle of dough to the pan and start to make a circle by spreading with your fingers and palm.
Here is what I did with the topping: Prick the pizza dough, smear oil on the surface and bake for 5 min. This is to prevent the pizza from becoming soggy after to add the topping. Now take it out, smear a layer of tomato sauce and on top of that arrange the vegetables according to your wish. Grate a thin layer of pizza cheese all over. Sprinkle red chilli powder, garam masala powder and drop big dollops of tomato sauce here and there. Again grate cheese to cover everything.
Place in the oven and once again bake for 15 min to 20 min approx. or till the cheese on top melts completely to look like the above picture. A piece of heaven just the way I wanted. Enjoy !!!
This is off to Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 15, I love Baking #2, Bake Fest, Holi Fest and do not forget to check here to find out what the Blog Hoppers are cooking.