I was yearning for pizza since breakfast time yesterday. I really wanted to give it a shot, especially since the recipes I saw online all made it look so simple. However, the last time I tried it, it became dry and very toast-like. But that could well be because I used whole wheat flour.
This time, I decided to use all purpose flour, even though I am very much against it. I convinced myself, that it’s okay to use it once in a while. So here’s what I did.
- 2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp instant dry yeast (although I activated this, instead of adding directly to the flour)
- 1tbsp olive oil
- Tomato puree
- Roast garlic granules
- Lots of fresh basil leaves
- cheese (I wanted to use mozarella, but had to settle for cheddar since we were both too lazy to leave the house to buy it.)
I mixed the yeast, water, and sugar mixture with the flour and oil and kneaded with dough hooks for 5 mins. I then let the dough rest for 5 mins before tipping it on a floured surface and lightly kneading for 2 mins to form a soft ball. I then made three parts of this ball and left them to rise in oiled bowls.
I actually meant to make only two parts, and did start off like that. But my dough turned out to be surprisingly elastic and the first pizza base I made became too large for me to handle. It was lovely, smooth, and elastic. Only, I couldn’t get a perfect round since it’s my first time. I therefore made three smaller bases instead.
While the dough was rising, I made a simple Margherita sauce. I simply mixed all the ingredients (minus the cheese and basil) in the puree and warmed it for a minute.
I tipped the rounded dough balls on a floured surface and followed this video to the T to shape the dough. I had already preheated the oven with the baking tray inside.
All I then did was spread the tomato sauce, grated some cheese, drizzled a bit of oil, and then rubbed some on the thicker edges.
and baked for 15 mins. I then threw some fresh basil leaves on top and served it to myself. 🙂