Ta Daaa! I am really excited about this post and its a long requested recipe. I have been making it long before I even started blogging. Then why late, should you ask. Well, one reason, I cook dinner in evenings and it rarely lasts the next day to take pictures. Neither do I like to take pictures of un-fresh food. So, this time I deliberately made it for lunch and some clicks, not great ones were enough to put up this recipe. Its a keeper and my favorite recipe for a satisfying deep pan pizza meal. I have tried many recipes for pizza crust and few are very promising and I will soon post recipe of thin crust pizza also.
This recipe comes from my mum who took some cooking classes way back when we were kids and there was only one shop of pizza in our city. She learnt for our sake since me and my sister have always been a food lover and great admirer. Her pizzas got so famous in our friends and family that I remember a pizza party happening once in a while. My school and university friends still remember her pizza and the salads complimenting it.
It is a rich dough consisting of eggs, milk powder in addition to the usual flour and yeast. I am also posting recipe of basic pizza sauce which is very easy and compliments this crust very well. For toppings, you have unlimited options. You can use cooked chicken from last night’s dinner, grilled veggies, mince meat or just cheese. I like mine with some fresh veggies like capsicums, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and black olives. Let me know if you try this and how it turned out for you.
This recipe yields two large pizzas of about 14 inches. You can easily halve this recipe if you like.
Flour 500gm or 1/2 kg
Salt 1 tsp
Milk Powder 2 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Yeast 1 1/2 tbsp
Oil 4 tbsp
1. If you have taken granulated yeast then place yeast, 1 tsp sugar and little luke warm water in a small bowl for 5 minutes. If you are using instant yeast goto step 2 directly.
2. Meanwhile, place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix.
3. Add in frothed yeast. The granulated yeast will become pale and foamy.
4. Start kneading the dough with luke warm water. Make sure you add enough water to make a soft dough. Dont worry if your dough is soft and sticky, you can lightly dust with flour but aim at making a medium soft dough. Once the dough is hard you cannot add water to make it soft. This texture is directly proportional to the final result of the baked crust. Enough said.
5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead with palms of your hand, pushing the dough away and then gathering back. Do this for 5-7 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.
6. Place the dough in a greased bowl and put some oil on top of dough as well to avoid drying out or cracking. Place in a warm place for about an hour until significantly double in size and when you press your finger, the indentation remains. If weather is cold then u can place it near a burning stove.
7. Punch out air and cut the dough into half. Roll each piece to a 14 inch circle and place on a lavishly greased round pizza tray.
8. Prick with fork and leave to rise for another half hour in a warm place.
9. Spread the pizza sauce, top with some cheddar cheese, place topping of your choice, sprinkle with cheddar and mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some oregano powder or leaves.
10. Bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5-6 for 20 minutes until base is golden and cheese has melted.
Basic Pizza Sauce
Tomato paste 1 cup [or blend 2-3 tomatoes without water]
Chinese salt 1/2 tsp
Oil 2-3 tbsp
Ketchup 4 tbsp
White pepper 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Oregano 2 tsp
Crushed red pepper/chilli 1 tsp
Crushed garlic 1 tsp
1. Heat oil, add garlic.
2. After a minute, add rest of the ingredients and cook for 10 minutes until a sauce is formed. You can add red food color or a tbsp of tinned tomato paste for color.
3. Cool and use as directed.
Vegetables cubed (onion, tomato, corns, olives, capsicums, mushroom)
Chedder cheese grated 1 cup approx.
Mozzarella cheese grated 1 1/2 cup approx.