My son Aniket goes head over heels over a pizza…he is totally fida(love struck) with the various varities that are available…..What to say even I am a partner in the crime…no not crime….…partner in pizza mania would be apt.I am always ready to give in to his temptations when it come to a pizza….
I would occassionaly take home delivery from Dominos or drop in at pizza hut….My hunt through the net landed me in innumerable recipes and options to make THE PIZZA from the base…So when I got my microwave I was determined to make it.
The results were extremely satisfying….i could almost….very well recreate the pizza I got from outside….Well I was elated that the net was overflowing with different recipes for the base or the topping….there were so many different kids of bases you could recreate in your own home…so many different recipes for toppings….You could even beat A Pizza HUT
All purpose flour-2 cups
Bread flour- 1 cup(or substitute with all purpose flour)
Rapid active dry yeast/instant yeast-1 envelope or21/4tsp
Warm water/milk(110F)-1 cup(or half cup water and milk each)
Olive oil-1/4 cup
Tomato sauce (for 1 pizza)
Crushed tomato puree- of 1 tomato
Italian seasoning-1/2 tsp or Oregano-1/4 tsp , Basil-1/8 tsp ,Thyme-1/8 tsp
Crushed pepper-1/8 tsp
Garlic powder/garlic pods-1/8 tsp or 1 pod
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Olive oil-1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Topping for(1 pizza)
Onion-1/2 big onion cut into rings
Tomato-1 medium tomatocut into rings
Fresh corn kernels-1/2 cup
Green capsicum thinly sliced-1/2 medium sliced into long strips or short strips
Black olives-1/2 cup
Mozzarella cheese-1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Take water (1/2 cup) and milk (1/2 cup) and mix. Warm the mixture in a microwave
Add instant yeast,sugar and salt and mix.Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Take flour and add baking powder,olive oil.
Mix well and add yeast mixture little by little and knead well.You may sprinkle little water if you may require so.
Transfer to well oiled bowl, cover with a lid and set aside for 2 hrs.
After 2 hours take out the doubled dough in and knead it. Flour your working surface and transfer the dough onto the surface. Flatten it into a round with a rolling pin into a thin round or thick round depending on the type of crust you want.
Poke a few holes into the dough using fork to prevent the dough from rising from the centre.
Transfer to greased tray.
Preheat (toast option) oven to 210 C (I preheated the oven to 200 C) for 10 min and bake for12-15 minutes till base is golden brown.
Take crushed tomato in a thick bottomed non-stick pan.
Add olive oil,garlic pod crushed,red chilli powder,butter and salt.Heat till butter melts..
Add pepper and seasoning.
Grate mozzarella cheese.
Lay the topping after spreading sauce. First tomatoes,onions,corn,capsicum and then olives. Sprinkle cheese.Bake at 180 C for 5 min
Bake till cheese melts or turns golden brown. You can turn on grill option if you like your topping grilled.
Some recipes add 1 pod garlic crushed instead of garlic powder.
For a thin crust pizza, roll out the pizza dough as thin as possible, about ¼ - ½ inch thick.
Fold in the sides after you have flattened the dough.
You can add olive oil to toppings and keep aside for 1/2 hour before use.You can use around sharp edged steel plate to give shape to pizza.