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A to Z Challenge Day #16 - P for Pizza

Hi guys, today is P and I have one of my faourites here today… It’s P for Pizza…. I so love them specially when you get to load it up with all the favorite meat and super cheese. This one is a David Rocco inspired recipe. I was watching his Dolce Vita and he was baking these super pizzas in his wood fire oven and I sooooo wanted them – thin crust hand stretched… ohh so yum. But I didn’t like the potato and egg plant or brinjal topping.. I mean really egg plant in pizza.. not my type!

So the next weekend I baked three pizzas – pepperoni and cheese (you don’t need anything else if you are using pepperoni!), a veg delight with bell peppers, baby corns, onions and olives, and a three cheese margheritta!   

Now I’ll tell you the recipe of the pizza base, pizza sauce and the three pizzas that I mentioned here. But you can carry on with any topping that you want to and any cheese that you want to.

All that you need

For Pizza Base

  1. All purpose flour – 4 cups
  2. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  3. Dry yeast – 2 teaspoon
  4. Warm water – 1&1/2 cup
  5. Castor Sugar – ¼ teaspoon
  6. Un-salted Butter – ¼ cup melted [you can use olive oil also instead]

For the Pizza Sauce
  1. Red onion – 1 chopped
  2. Garlic – 4-5 cloves minced
  3. Tomato – 4 large peeled and chopped
  4. Salt – to taste
  5. Pepper – to taste
  6. Basil leaves – 3 -4
  7. Dried Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  8. Olive oil – 2 tablespoon
  9. Sugar – 1 pinch

For the toppings

For the pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni – 15-16 pepperoni salamis (or whatever quantity you want)
Mozzarella Cheese – 1 hand full shredded
Seasoning – to taste

For the Veg Delight Pizza
Onion, bellpepper, tomato, baby corn, green/black olive – chopped
Seasoning – to taste

For the Three Cheese Pizza
Mozzarella– 1 tablespoon shredded
Cheddar - 1 tablespoon shredded
Parmesan - 1 tablespoon shredded

Let's Get started

Making the Pizza Dough and Base

Mix water, yeast, sugar in a bowl and keep aside for 5 minutes. This will activate the yeast.
Combine salt and flour in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre
Pour the yeast water in this well and combine the flour together
Lightly flour the counter and transfer the dough there and knead nicely. The more you stretch the better.
Pour butter in the bowl and put the dough in there to coat it from all sides.
Cover with a cling film and leave it in a warm place for 30 minutes.
You will find the dough has doubled – because of the yeast.

Making the Pizza Sauce
In a skillet heat oil and fry onions and garlic
Add the chopped tomatoes till they are really tender
Mash them with the spatula
Add seasoning.
Cover and cook for 15 minutes and stir occasionally
Add basil and oregano and a pinch of sugar to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.
Your basic pizza sauce is ready.
If you want to improvise you can use some canned tomatoes, some  

Combining pizzas
Make three large balls from the pizza dough (the pizza dough can make 3 medium sized pizza)
Roll them on a floured counter.
[You can roll them a little and then hand stretch them. Don’t worry if its not round. My three cheese pizza is completely hand stretched and not round at all! But it was still amazing.]
Transfer in your baking tray – be care full here because the elasticity is good and the shape may go here and there.
Add a dash of olive oil.
Make several marks with a fork on the dough
Spread the pizza sauce and arrange toppings according to your taste.
Add seasoning
And bake them in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.

SO how is it? Hot or Not? Let me know


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