Hope all know about the Home baker’s challenge . It was a group of home baker’s has to bake a selected recipe. Check here to know more about the group. This group is started by Priya akka of priya’s versatile recipes.
For this first month challenge pizza was the chosen recipe by Divya akka of Divya’s culinary Journey.
There were choices to choose like with or without tomato sauce , with pesto sauce and Indian style naan pizza.
I choose to make pizza with the tomato sauce. I made totally seven mini pizzas with different toppings.
I prepared the tomato sauce in my home by using Indian garam masala as I didn’t get Italian seasoning here.
Pizza is an oven baked , flat , round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce , cheese and various toppings. Pizza was originally originated in Naples , Italy. This dish has become popular in many parts of the world.
Recipe source : Pizza Base - Martha Stewart
For the dough to make Pizza crust :
Warm water – 1 cup @ 110*C
Sugar – ¼ tsp
Dry yeast – 2 tbs
All purpose flour – 4 small cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1 tbs
Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
For Toppings :
Indianised Pizza sauce / Tomato sauce – 1 cup
Cauliflower floret - 1
Making of dough :
In the warm water , add the sugar and yeast dissolve and let it for Proof for about 10 – 15 minutes.
In a bowl , add the flour , sugar , salt and mix well.
Add in the vegetable oil / olive oil and mix well.
Add in the proofed yeast and mix well.
Knead well to make a soft smooth dough.
Place this dough in a oiled bowl and cover with a cling wrap and let it double for 2 hours or more.
After the first rise , Deflate and fold in the dough onto itself four or five times .
Cover again and keep in a warm place for the second rise.
After the second rise , dough is ready to shape into a thin / thick crust according to the need.
Making of Pizza crust :
Punch the dough and transfer to the kitchen counter.
Cut the dough into required pieces with the sharp knife or bench scraper.
Knead each part four or five times and shape into balls.
Cover the remaining balls while shaping a dough ball to avoid drying up.
I was using the nonstick baking tray for baking this pizza so; I placed three dough balls in the tray and pressed it to make a thin crust.
Press the dough balls with the four fingers of the hand.
While pressing start from the center and towards outside. Make sure to keep a thick layer at the outer rim – raised border.
Prick in the crust leaving the raised edge with the fork for even cooking and to avoid raising while baking.
Making of Indianised Pizza sauce :
Take about 6 large tomatoes.
Boil water in a pan , add the tomatoes to the hot water and cover it with a lid.
After few minutes, take out the tomatoes and peel out the skin.
Add this to the blender along with a small stick of cinnamon and two cloves and grind coarsely.
Heat about a teaspoon of butter , add one chopped onion and sauté.
Add in about chopped 10 cloves of garlic and sauté well for few minutes.
Now , add in the tomato puree and mix well.
Let it simmer for ten minutes .
Add in a tablespoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt and mix well.
Add about half a teaspoon of garam masala or chilli powder and mix well.
At this stage , melted butter will separate on top of the sauce.
Take off from flame and let it cool.
Store this in airtight container.
Indianised Pizza sauce is ready.
Assembling the Pizza :
Apply the pizza sauce on the shaped pizza leaving the raised egde.
I used different toppings for the seven pizzas.
1. Mushroom onion Pizza :
I used chopped mushroom pieces and sliced onion for this pizza.
2. Smiley Pizza :
I thought of making a smiling face . Used cauliflower floret on top , assume it as head or hair in the forehead. Capsicum pieces are used as eyes and nose. An onion slice is used as mouth.
It looked as face before baking , it is not as it after baking.
3. Capsicum onion Pizza :
In this pizza I used onion slices and capsicum pieces . arranged in the circular pattern.
For these three pizzas , I placed half of the cheese slice on the top.
For the below three pizzas , I placed the cheese slice above the sauce and arranged the toppings above that.
4. Fig Apple Pizza :
Chop the apple just before arranging to avoid blackening.
I arranged store bought caramelized fig slices and apple pieces for this pizza.
5. Spinach onion pizza :
I arranged spinach leaves and onion slices on top of the cheese slice.
6. Apple capsicum Pizza :
I arranged capsicum rings and apple pieces for this pizza.
7. Potato capsicum pizza :
I used capsicum rings and potato slices in this pizza. I used a thicker slice to make it visible after baling too.
For this pizza I used small bits of the cut cheese slices.
Baking of pizza:
As I am having automatic oven, I just on the fast preheat option , it takes less than five minutes.
If using pizza stone for baking, pre heat the oven for 30 minutes.
I baked these pizzas in three batches.
I made first three pizzas at first and set it to bake.
Second Batch Pizzas :
Shaped the other three pizzas and topped while the first batch is baking.
Third Batch Pizza :
Mushroom onion Pizza
Capsicum Onion Pizza
Fig Apple Pizza
Spinach onion Pizza
Capsicum Apple Pizza
Capsicum potato Pizza
I baked the pizzas @ 220* C @ convection mode for 15 – 20 minutes or till the pizza crust is slightly golden brown.
My cheese slices didn't melt fully , any way pizzas are yummy.
Slice and serve warm.
Seven Mini Pizza with different toppings is ready to serve.
Check out my Previous other pizzas :
Linking this to Home Baker's Challenge happening @ Divya's culinary Journey