I have been making pizzas at home by buying the pizza bases off the shelf from stores. Although they turn out yum, the base always feels somewhat rubbery and thick. I have been looking around for simple recipes for home-made pizza dough. After searching through the internet, I finally made my own thin crust pizza from scratch. It did turn out eons better than my pizzas so far. Ma even said that they taste better than the ones we get in pizza joints. Am I on Cloud 9 or what?
Recipe Source: Veg Bowl
Dry yeast – 1 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
AP Flour / Maida – 1 cup
Water, if required
Olive oil – 1 tsp
Tomato puree – 1 cup
Garlic – 4-5 cloves, finely chopped
Herbs of your choice – 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Tomatoes, onions, capsicum – chopped in rings
Mozzarella cheese – 1/4 cup, grated
Salt and Pepper or chilli flakes to taste
1. Mix yeast with a tsp of sugar and lukewarm water and keep aside for 1o mins. If it becomes frothy at the end of 10 mins, proceed. Else, it’s better to use good quality yeast.
2. Take flour in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center. Pour the yeast mixture along with olive oil and salt. Knead the mixture into a soft pilable dough. If the dough is sticking to your hand, smear your palm with a few drops of olive oil and continue to knead. Once you get a smooth dough, cover with a kitchen towel and keep aside in a warm place for about an hour.
3. To make the Pizza sauce, heat olive oil in a pan, saute garlic and spices. Add tomato puree and saute till thick and adjust salt.
4. Punch the risen dough ball and knead for a couple of minutes. Divide the dough into two ball and roll into thin pizza crust. You can roll the whole dough into a single crust but I made two to suit my oven size.
5. Preheat the oven to 220C.
6. Spread the pizza sauce evenly on the pizza crusts. Arrange tomato / onion / capsicum rings. Sprinkle evenly grated mozzarella cheese on top of it and a dash of olive oil. Finally sprinkle little salt and pepper powder or chilli flakes.
6. Bake for 20 mins. Keep checking as every oven might be different.