Pizza: Homemade with quick yeast


I do follow Nigella Lawsan’s flirtatious cooking programmes, however, I just adore Irish cook, Rachel Allen and her humble way of cooking.  I like the way she conducts the programme giving every detail and making cooking seem very simple. I have enjoyed most of her simple tray bakes and posted them here on my blog.

Last week I made use of her simple Pizza dough recipe and prepared my own Indianised version of Sauce. For her original recipe, visit her page.

For this you will need:

Base

700 g plain flour

2 sachets of quick acting dry yeast(2 x 7.5g)

Sugar 2 tbsp

1 tsp salt

50 g butter

350ml-400ml lukewarm water

3 tbsp olive oil

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in the yeast in the ingredients. Rub in the butter. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add in the warm water to this and make a loose dough. Add a part of the olive oil and set aside for 10 minutes. Cover with wet tea towel.

Using a hooked accessory of food processer/ blender, knead this dough for 5 minutes. If you haven’t got such facilities, knead the dough with your hands for 10-15 minutes. Divide this portion into two halves and cling film it. Refridgerate for 30 minutes or till you prepare your sauce and toppings.

You may use as many/less number of toppings of your choice. Chop them and keep aside. Grate cheese and keep aside.

For the sauce:

I used

Tomato puree 4 tblsp

Peri-Peri sauce 2 tbsp(yes my boys wanted it hot)

Mixed herbs 2 tsp

1 tsp cumin pd

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Mix all this ingredients and keep this sauce aside.

Assembling the pizza:

On a pizza tray, spread the dough thinly in a circle or even a square shape.  Pat with your fingers to spread it to the edges of the pan. The central part should be thinner than the edges. Spread the sauce evenly over this dough. To this top with the toppings of your choice. Sprinkle some mixed herbs and spices(crushed cumin and pepper). Finally top it with the grated cheese.

Place this in a preheated oven at 230 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy with a salad of your choice.

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