I’m usually a bored little souls. Dave can be one too, some times. He suggested we make pizzas from scratch. And we, obviously, called Kapur because she’s awesome. 😀 Well, technically, it’s me who has walked into their circle of friends. Anyway, hanging out with them is always a lot of fun.
Kapur bought some Merlot on her way there. And Dave said there was vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. Dave had decided to knead the dough the previous night, so that it would have enough time to rise and be all fluffy.
Ingredients for the dough:
(makes 4 personal thin crust pizzas)
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups maida (all purpose flour)
2 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm water (add more, if needed)
1. In a bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and warm water and let it stand for about ten minutes to allow the yeast to cultivate.
2. Mix the flours to uniformity and sieve them a couple of times, for an added fine texture.
3. Gradually add the yeast water to the flour and mix evenly to form a dough.
4. Add water or milk, as needed till a firm dough is formed.
5. Knead for a few minut
6. Leave the dough aside for a few hours, or until the dough doubles in size.
So that was part 1. The hard work that Dave volunteered to do. We got to his house by noon. And got to work. We opened a bottle of wine. And drank a glass each. That was followed by some music and drama (I mean drama drama and not trauma drama). Kapur, her wine, the chocolate sauce gone hard and one fantastic expression.
Step 2. Dave cooked up some sauce for the base, while I chopped the veggies.
For the sauce:
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
2-3 teaspoons red chilli powder
2-3 teaspoons fresh garlic paste
oil, to cook
salt, to taste
(dried) mixed herbs
1. Toss the garlic into a pan. Add oil to this and heat it for a few seconds. Saute, but ensure that the garlic doesn’t begin to brown.
2. Add the onions. Cook them until they begin to caramelize.
3. Add the tomatoes. Cook the mixture until the tomatoes begin to release their water and it boils down.
4. Add salt to taste, chilli powder and the herbs. Cook for a few more minutes.
5. The resulting mixture should be chunky. Let this cool for a few minutes.
6. Pour it out into a blender and blend for a few seconds.
For the toppings:
Finely sliced onions
Green, red peppers
A blend of cheddar cheese and mozzarella
Look, ma! I do all the work!
Alright, alright. We took turns at rolling out the dough and topping it. And drank some more wine.
Here, is Dave. And his favourite glass.
Method (to make the pizza base):
1. Divide the dough into four palm size lumps.
2. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface.
3. Dab your palms with some flour and flatten a ball of dough out, just a bit.
4. Grease it well on either side with some oil.
5. Dust it with some more flour and begin rolling it in a circular fashion until it is about 8-10 inches in diameter.
6. Carefully transfer the rolled out dough to a foil.
7. Using a fork, poke some holes in the base you have just rolled out.
Confession: We didn’t make the stone base pizza. Just like that. The foil technique worked beautifully, for this thin crust pizza.
Method (to top the pizza):
1. Liberally spread the sauce on the pizza base.
2. Add the veggies (except the olives).
3. Sprinkle the grated cheese.
4. Add the olives.
The olives going on last just makes everything look pretty, you know. *grin*
Method (to bake):
1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Place the pizza in the oven and let it bake for about 15-20 minutes.
You can check for done-ness if you slide a knife under the base of the pizza and lift it up just a little bit. It should have sufficiently (and evenly) browned.
And obviously, you can experiment with toppings. The awesomeness of the pizza and the picture you see below has tempted my mum to give this a shot. She says we can use chicken salami/sausages. Yay!!!!
At quarter past one, we had shared our first pizza and were waiting on the second. Here’s how delightful and inviting home-baked pizzas (not to forget, from scratch) look.
SLR’s are SOOOO awesome for their truly amazing picture quality. Sigh! I’ll own one. Some day.
Oh, and then we went and bought some more Merlot. And came back to finish the other pizzas. And by the time we were ready for dessert, another one of their friends from school showed up. So we hung out some more.
As for me, I got home at four in the afternoon and slept for the next couple of hours, like a baby. From the wine. And the heavenly pizza.