Pizza


Now-a-days, the ads on TV influences kids a lot and they would just like that demand whatever they feel to have, right then! With my kids, it would be a biscuit, a noodle/pasta, a juice or even a pizza.... It was one such demand that led me to bake a pizza at home. The first time I baked, I used a Maida based base with lots of cheese, but my kids preferred less cheesy!! So, the second time I baked, I used wheat flour for the base to make it more healthy and of course less cheesy!! So here are the recipes for both.... However, the toppings for the pizzas are left to you....   

Let's go for the healthy one first!!!

Whole Wheat Pizza Base



Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Sharmis Passions

Wheat Flour/Atta - 1 1/4 cups
Yeast - 1 tsp
Water - 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 1/2 tbsp


Method:
  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • In 1/4 cup warm water, add yeast and keep it aside to bloom.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the bloomed yeast, oil and salt and whisk it well. Then add the wheat flour and mix well. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water.
  • Mix well and knead to a smooth dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it in a warm place, undisturbed for 2-3 hours or until the dough has risen. 
  • Punch down the risen dough. You could either roll out a big pizza or divide it into two small pizzas. Dust flour and roll the dough to a thin base with the help of a roller.
  • Grease a baking tray with little oil. Transfer the rolled out dough to the baking tray.
  • Add some pizza sauce on top of the base. Add some mozzarella cheese and then pile the top with any veggies or non-veg as you wish. You could sprinkle some herbs too on the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 5-10 mins or until the cheese has melted and the base turns golden brown.
  • Serve hot with oregano and chili flakes sprinkled on the top.


Plain Flour Pizza Base


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Edible Garden

Plain flour/Maida - 2 cups
Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Warm water - 1/2 cup

Method:



  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead well until a slightly sticky dough forms.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn the dough so that the oil coats it. Cover with a damp kitchen cloth and let it rise for 25-30 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.
  • Punch down the dough and knead lightly until it forms a ball. Transfer to a floured surface.
  • Roll out into a circle or rectangle. You could either roll out a big pizza or divide them into 2 small pizzas. Transfer to a baking tray.
  • Add some pizza sauce on top of the base. Add some mozzarella cheese and then pile the top with any veggies or non-veg as you wish. You could sprinkle some herbs too on the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 mins or until the cheese has melted and the base turns golden brown.
  • Serve hot with oregano and chili flakes sprinkled on the top.