Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pizza (homemade base)

Making your own pizza is a cool thing to do.
You create the base through love and hard work, using high grade flour and yeast.
The kneading is very important as it stretches the gluten out to make the base tough enough to support the toppings. Make sure your dough is smooth and stretchy before allowing to rise. Kneading for a good solid 10 minutes should do it.

Homemade Pizza

Small bowl
Large bowl
Measuring cup/spoons
Rolling pin
Oven tray, oiled
Sharp knife and chopping board

Base Ingredients (per pair)
Dried yeast, 2 tsp
Lukewarm water, ½ cup
High grade flour, 1 ½ cups
Sugar, 1 tsp
Olive oil, 1 tsp
Salt, 1/2 tsp
Tomato paste, 1 Tbsp
Onions, ½, sliced fine
Garlic, 1 clove, crushed and chopped
Cheese, Mozzarella, half cup grated
Plus toppings of your own choice (meats, sauces, vegetables)

Oven on to 2000C.
1.    Mix yeast with warm water and sugar in a small bowl. Leave for 5-10 minutes to activate on warm stove top.
2.    Sieve the dry ingredients (flour and salt) in a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
3.    Pour activated yeast and oil into the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough.
4.    Knead the dough on a clean, floured bench until smooth and elastic (10 minutes solid).
5.    Place back in an oiled bowl and let rise on stove top for 20 minutes.
6.    Prepare the toppings while you wait.
7.    After 20 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and knock back.
8.    Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to a circular shape.
9.    Place the pizza dough on the oiled oven tray.
10.  Smear the tomato paste on the base.
11. Arrange the toppings and cheese.
12. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
13. Slide off the oven tray onto a chopping board and slice up.

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