Thursday, 22 October 2009

Pizzzzzzzzzaaaaaaa

I have so many pizza dough experiments.. this is another one. The crust will be as u like it.. thin and crispy, or thick and pan-like... worth the millions of calories that go with it :) This is a simple chicken pizza.. u can of course top with anything u like.. 

This is what u need:
For the dough:

2 tsp yeast - instant
200 - 225 ml warm water
2 tbls olive oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt

Do this:

1- make a dough by mixing all ingredients together. Since this dough uses instant yeast, there is no need for yeast frothing and all that. Just dump it all in.. use lesser water to start with and only add more if the dough is too dry. You want a soft and slightly sticky dough.. However, DO knead for at least 10 minuts, if not more. The better the dough is kneaded, the better ur pizza will be




2- cover and let it rise at least an hour... or until doubled in size, whatever comes first




For the sauce:

Mix together a cup of tomato paste with tomato puree. Add half a tsp of white pepper, salt each and 1 crushed clove of garlic

For the topping:

I had grilled chicken in the fridge. Heat some olive oil, add the chicken, half a tsp salt, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp coriander powder. Mix and saute. Add a chopped paprika, some olives, onion if you like. Let it roast a bit and set aside.

Cheese:

I use a combination of Cheddar, Mozzarella and Gouda. Grate all, mix together, add 1 tsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of oregano. This makes the cheese juicy and doesn't let it dry out while baking.




Assemble:

1- flatten out the dough on a baking tray with ur hands. If u want a crisp base, roll it with a rolling pin. If you want it thick, flatten with hands and dont use the pin




2- flatten as good as it goes and let it rest for 10 minutes. That will make the dough easier to pull more. Pull out some more and push up the sides to form a crust.




3- put the tray in preheated hot oven for 10 minutes

4- remove, lather with tomato sauce, spread the chicken, lather cheese... brush the sides with some olive oil and sprinkle some semolina on it... SOME... not too much :)


 


5- bake in HOT HOT oven, until the cheese is golden and the crust crispy....


17 comments:

  1. Ummm seems soft and very pizza like and very colourful indeed,good work done!!!!

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  2. it really looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.u have to teach me how u did it.can u plz tell me ur secret for cooking so well ood.not only well but perfect.gorgeous foods............ nourin

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  3. I did it, and it was great, thank you, you are amazing,
    :)))))

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  4. Hey thanks for trying toota :D and I am SO glad that it turned out well! Thank you very much for telling me.. its made me happy :D

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  5. wowwww.... Ruhina do u work for a confectionery or do u own one? :) this looks really professional :) wow amazing.... i'm gonna try it

    Zara Ali (A Foodi fan :D)

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  6. Hey thanks Zara (my daughter is called so as well :) ) - and I'd be sooo happy if you did try it and give your feedback. Thanks a bunch for writing :)

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  7. hey.. i love eating pizza and i thank you a lot for putting this recipe on your blog.. i found about it on facebook and now i'm a fan of urs.. i live in mauritius and i wonder if there is gouda cheese. i will try to look for it and i'll try doing it.. its looking so delicious.. thanks again.

    A fan of yours,nabeehah:)

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  8. Welcome to my blog dear Nabeehah and thank you so much for the lovely comments :) Good luck with searching. Do let me know how it went.

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  9. Hullo. This looks like something l will finally be able to make. Do we turn on the grill too when we start baking, or just the lower heat?
    Yours is an excellent job ofcourse. Mouth-watering!

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  10. Hullo :) and thank you so much :) I'd turn on the grill once the bottom is nicely on its way to being golden. If you switch it on from the start, the top will brown sooner than the base.. and ure pizza will get hard.. So, first down, then up :) Good luck.. have fun.. :)

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  11. wowwww...i recently tried pizza but my dough got really hard..now dis has tempted me to make it again soon.. :) i wish it turns out like urs :) looks yummmyyyy :) n im feeling hungry :P

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  12. Best of luck and do let me know how it went :) Just make sure the yeast is fresh and the water you use is warm, not too hot, not cold. While kneading the dough will start getting soft and spongy - that means your yeast is working. If it stays hard, u have a problem :) Have fun :)

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  13. dear Ruhina.salam.have an urgent urgent queery abt the puzza base.my dough is ready to be baked.hv doubld.infct hv md one mini pizza.but most is left now.how can i refrgrt or freeze for use in future..pls reply at ur earlies

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  14. dearRuhina..hv md ths pizza dough.but most is stil unused n is left..i meanjust the rised n punchd dough..how cn i freeze or keep it fr use in future¿¿

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  15. Am so sorry my dear - I havent been able to log on since a long time. What did you do with then? You could have make pizza bases, and frozen them on an oiled tray. Once frozen, just remove and pack in a freezer bag. Make sure its done tightly so that it doesnt get ice crystals..
    Once again - very sorry about such a late answer

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  16. salam dear...can we make it in stone oven too?????

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    1. W'salaam. Yes sure.. I've made it in there too..

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