April 24, 2013

Pizza / Homemade Pizza (Made from Scratch)


                The presentation here is my second try because my food critic - my hubby did not approve my first try as the pizza was fat (used more dough than necessary). The second time around, I figured the crust had to be a bit thinner so it dint end up fat and was perfectly cooked from top to bottom. I simply loved the process of making pizza, so different from our conventional cooking style, ready to make it any number of times. Can't wait to share this whole process.



             
          I planned to use my cookie tray and bake a square pizza but my hubby dint want to compromise on the appearance, especially as I was planning to post it in my blog. So he ran to the store and got me pizza pan just minutes before baking - oh how lovely hon!
            



               Please don't forget to read the "Note" in the end of the post. I linked this recipe with my Pizza dough recipe separately to avoid the length of this post. so click on for the basic references.





Ingredients:

Pizza dough (Click for a step wise method for making pizza dough at home)
Pizza / Pasta Sauce - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 5 thin slices
Mushroom - 3 no's (Sliced thin)
Bell pepper - 5 thin slices
Onion - 3 tablespoon(roughly chopped)
Mozzarella cheese - 200 grams
Pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Olive oil - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - a pinch
Chicken - 100grams(cubed small)
For Vegetarian pizza add ingredients other than chicken. We can also buy pizza base from outside and follow the process.


Method:

  • Grease the pizza tray with some olive oil and dust it with some flour and keep aside.


  • Take a bowl and mix pepper, salt and olive oil together and toss the vegetables in it. (I chopped the vegetables for my little one). Take a tawa and saute chicken pieces for 5 minutes(Half cooking the chicken helps the chicken to bake fast and be tender soft).


  • Divide the dough to two equal parts. Now on your counter top spread some flour and take one part and spread it well to round or square shape and place it on your greased pizza tray and let it sit for 10 minutes to set again. Use a fork and poke all over.


  • Spread the Pizza sauce, arrange the toppings.


  • Preheat the oven to 400`F for 5 minutes and keep this pizza tray on the middle rack and set the timer to cook for 15 minutes or until the cheese on top gets melted well and the bottom of pizza is slight brown.

  • Take the pizza outside and let it rest for 10 minutes.


  • Slice and serve..



My Note:
  • Its very important that we pat and spread the pizza dough equally on all sides. when i tried for the first time i made the batter thick from all sides and made my pizza fat.
  • Taken batter should be spreaded using hand to the maximum.
  • Use less Pasta sauce to spread.
  • I used bread flour because it helps in giving a crisp crust for pizza but using APF is also fine.
  • The moment you take out your cooked pizza you will see some water like structure on top. That is only because of the cheese getting melted. Allow to set for 10 minutes and then serve.
  • If you are using chicken, dice them to small bits. this will help chicken to cook well.
  • After the step of raising the batter(letting it sit for 2 hours) take the required and store the unused remaining batter in a air tight container. It will sit for 2 weeks long.
  • Amount of cheese and Toppings are absolutely our choice. There are "n" number of toppings so you can use any vegetable you like.


44 comments:

  1. the pizzza is really tempting me, Divya. just planning to have a pizza party this saturday for my elder son's birthday, and you seemed to read my mind :)

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  2. wow tasty pizza, love the toppings...

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  3. this looks so gorgeous, divya... could have a pc now... :)

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  4. That looks absolutely delicious and I can't believe that it is home made...
    Very tempting..
    Glad to have visited your site..
    Happy blogging..
    Reva

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  5. looks perfect divya with all those toppings and sauce..

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  6. Oh wow! That's so tempting Divya. Love the toppings. Perfect :)

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  7. Love that thin crust, you have done super prefectly, homemade pizzas are always the best,love to have that slice.

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  8. My tastebuds are dancing,seeing your pizza...:)Fantastic!!

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  9. I love pizza and this looks fabulous.. Pretty much in love with this Divya :-)

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  10. Awesome pizza dear. looks so tempting

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  11. Nice clicks Divya! So colorful.. I make pizza too, interesting that you directly kept the veggies and pizza bread at the same time in oven.. I usually have to bake my pizza for 5 mins and then do the topping and bake.. Yours still have a perfect crust.. Nice

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    1. I got the crust perfect everytime may be that is the reason am yet to try baking the bread first and then adding veggies version. thanks for letting me know i am going to try that way too...thank you sumee

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  12. Divya looks so crispy and delicious bookmarked will try out...

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    1. Thank you revathi....will be happy to hear after your try

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  13. My dinner is over and you make me hungry! Perfect pizza!

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  15. Super oppol !!! dont forget to make this 4 me :)

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  16. Yummy pizza Divya..looks cool...
    Todays recipe:http://www.7aumsuvai.com/2013/04/ashoka-halwa-300th-post-with-video.html#.UX-ltrWG0YE

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