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Monday, 13 August 2012

Homemade Pizza

Many were already asking about this version of pizza that we usually bake at home, so this time we're going to publish it.

I'm not sure whether it's an Italian pizza since these are ingredients found in Malaysia, but the person baking it is my Italian husband Dani, so we can say it's an Italian-Malaysian pizza.


Dough

The following list of ingredients indicates the amount we usually utilize in order to prepare enough dough to fill 2 baking pans size 12" x 9"

The ingredients:
  • 400gm of wheat flour
  • 15gm of yeast
  • two cups filled with warm water up to ¾
  • 1½ teaspoon of salt 
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • 8 spoons of olive oil (preferably extra virgin) 

Place the flour on the counter or anywhere you wish to prepare the dough, a bowl will do as well if you wish not to excessively mess the kitchen with flour. Fill the first cup of warm water with 8 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and sugar, while the other one with yeast (as in picture). Don't forget to stir them well.


Make a hole in the middle of the flour (like a crater) and pour a little bit of yeast mixture inside.


Knead the dough using your hands.


Gradually pour in even the other mixture too (the one with olive oil). While kneading, add again some of the yeast mixture. Keep on until the dough becomes tacky. If it's sticky, you can add some flour, but just a bit.


When the dough is ready, you'll have to let it stay for a few hours in room temperature until it proves. But, before doing this, you can decide whether to cut the dough in two portions or leave it that way. We were using a medium-sized oven, so we cut the dough to half.


Sprinkle some flour on the dough and spread it all over, this will prevent the dough from sticking to the surface while raising. After that, leave the dough on a piece of cloth, and cover them it with another piece of cloth in order to keep them clean.


And wait the dough to increase its size in a few hours, which could be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours depending on the temperature of the room.


Topping


Our topping choice has been Tuna and Olives, but the great thing about pizza it's the fact that you can put almost anything you wish on top of it! So just experiment! 

The ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato puree
  • Mozzarella cheese, possibly fresh if you can find it at the grocery store (or in our case, shredded Pizza Topping, a ready-made topping with a lot of different kinds of cheese inside).
  • Tuna
  • Black pitted olives
  • Oregano 
First, preheat the oven to 200°C while preparing the base on the baking pan.


I'd suggest to use baking paper which will prevent the dough from getting stuck to the pan while baking, and eventually burn. Spread evenly some olive oil (a couple of tablespoon) on the baking paper and place the dough and stretch it on the pan either with your hands or a rolling pin. Once the base is flat, pour another couple of tablespoon filled with olive oil on the dough and spread it.


Distribute some tomato puree on the crust, we put about 3 spoons but it mostly depends on your taste. Sprinkle some table salt (1-2 pinches will do) and successively add in mozzarella.


Add any topping you wish and complete it with a sprinkle of oregano.


Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. As the size of the oven might affect the baking, make sure to check on the pizza every 2 minutes once the first 10 minutes strike on the timer, if cheese is melted and the crust starts darkening (but before it dries up), it should be ready.


Take it outside and enjoy! 


...and watch out for mouth burns. Seriously.

2 comments:

  1. Oh I wanna try making a dough next time.How long does it take to make the pizza?

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    1. preparing the dough doesn't take too long but waiting for it to grow will take some hours

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