Sunday, 3 October 2010

Pizza Ideas

Pizza is so good. Good for winter and good for summer.
Good for Lunch, and good for dinner (And left overs for breakie are the best)
Good for Kids, and older Kids.

To make a pizza you need an oven, the dough and the toppings. 
I can't give you the oven (Silly joke, hey?)
But here are some dough recipes / suggestions and then, some toppings.

Wholemeal Pizza Dough - for a 30cm pizza crust
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup wholemeal flour
3/4 cup regular flour


Combine the water, oil and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it rest for 5 minutes until foamy.

Combine both flours in a food processor. While the  processor is running, add the yeast mixture. After dough forms a ball, move it to a lightly floured surface (such as the clean benchtop). Knead briefly until smooth and elastic.
Spray a large bowl with cooking oil spray; place dough in the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 210°C. Knock back dough and roll into a 30cm circle. Spray a non-stick baking tray with cooking oil spray. Place dough on tray and top as desired. Bake until light brown and crunchy or around 15 to 20 minutes.

Super easy Pizza dough:
2 cups plain flour
8g dry east
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil (Although I must say I dont like to use olive oil in cooking, just in dressing, because when you heat it up you change its properties)
3/4 cup warm water (Always good to use water that was boiled before)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and slowly add oil and water.
Mix it until form a soft dough
knead on a floured surface until soft.
Return the ball to the bowl, cover it with cling wrap and let it rest for half an hour. Preferably in an warm place (NO FRIDGE) and it will double the size
Punch the dough to eliminate air bubbles (Inside the bowl)
Remove it from the bowl and knead it gently for 1 or 2 minutes
Roll it out and ...have fun!

Pizza Toppings Ideas:
Capsicum, Goat Cheese and Baby Spinach
Sweet Potato, Rocket and Feta Cheese
Sun Dried tomato and Rocket
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Banana Nutella Pizza

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