Saturday, August 27, 2011

Simple Pizza Dough

Day 5 of the blogging marathon I am participating in this week and I'm onto the theme Cooking from Scratch. Pizza dough is something I've been making from scratch for my family for years because it is so easy to make and much healthier than ready made pizza dough. My kids also like helping out by spreading the toppings (usually chopped capisicum, mushrooms, zucchini, bacon and grated cheese for us) over the pizzas. Most of the time I use tomato paste for the base but you can easily make your own pizza sauce by cooking chopped onions, crushed garlic and chopped tomatoes together.

Now days I make it in a bread maker which does all the kneading for me (love shortcuts!) but I use to make it without one. Make sure you allow time for the dough to rise, anything from 1 to 3 hours depending on how warm the day is. This quantity makes enough for me to roll out 2 thin crusted pizzas or 1 thick crust pizza.

Pizza Dough

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups plain white flour
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 tsp dry yeast

To Make
1. Mix dry ingredients including the yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
2. Add the warm water. Mix well to form a smooth dough. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
3. Cover dough and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size.
4. Turn onto a board. Knock down and knead for 1 minute.
5. Roll dough out to fit onto a greased tray.
6. Spread dough with preferred toppings. Bake at 200C for 25 minutes depending on thickness of crust.


Toppings: sliced tomato, olives, feta cheese, basil leaves

Check out what my fellow blogger are cooking here.

To see what else I've cooked this week:
Day 1- Lamb Korma
Day 2- Shami Kebabs
Day 3- Channa Dal Pulao
Day 4- Egg Halwa

10 comments:

  1. that looks great...love basil ,makes it flavorful n colorful....n jane sorry have'nt commented on u r n veg dishes,being vegetarian..wudnt understand them...so sorry....n ya a big hug n a v happy birthday to u r 5yr old

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  2. Making the base of a pizza sounds great!!!Will try soon.

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  3. wow, the toppings look amazing too..some day next week post the ganpati and the shravan festivals i will be backing baking pizzas and making pastas , will surely use this recipe

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  4. WOnderful dough and quite handy anytime..Have a fabulous birthday party Jane, my hearty birthday wishes to ur like one..

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  5. Wow this looks great!
    And wishes to your daughter too :)

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  6. The toppings looks very colorful...Happy b'day to your daughter.

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  7. Left to my son, he can eat pizza everyday.. He would LOVE that yummy looking pizza.

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  8. Pizza from scratch is way tasty than the store bought ones!

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