Thursday, 14 June 2012

Easy Cheese Pizza

Preparation Time: 1.5 hrs
Cooking Time: 20 mins


Basic Dough

250 gm Flour (Maida)                                        
1 tsp salt
17 gm milk powder                                
1 tbsp grain sugar                                 
1/2 tbsp dry yeast
100 ml + 50 ml warm water                   
25 ml olive oil / cooking oil.

For the sauce

4 tomatoes, boiled & pureed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cups tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
Few basil leaves crushed

For Pizza Assembly

2 Pizza base
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese/ Paneer, cubed
1 cup capsicum-onion-tomato, sliced


 For basic dough:
  • Put 50 ml warm water in a small bowl, mix in sugar and yeast, mix well, keep it in a warm place for yeast to activate for 5-7 min.
  • Mix salt, maida and milk powder in a large plate. Make a well in the maida mix add in yeast solution.
  • Knead by adding in the 100 ml water slowly and make soft and sticky dough.
  • Knead by break and stretch method and throw on work space for 5 min till smooth dough is formed.
  • Add oil gradually and knead with knuckles, you will be able to make a smooth non sticky ball in this stage after 5-7 min.
  • Rub 1 tsp oil in a broad metal vessel and roll the dough in it and cover vessel with cling film.
  • Let dough to prove in a closed place for 1-1 ½ hr. The dough will double in volume.
For Pizza base
  • When ready turn the dough onto a floured surface, bash the air out and cut into small pieces for individual pizzas.
  • Dust the work surface and rolling pin with some flour before rolling out the dough.
  • Place the pizza base on a lightly oiled baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Allow to stand in a warm place while preparing the topping.

 For tomato sauce:

  • Now heat oil in a pan and cook the tomato puree till the first boil and then let it simmer. Add basil leaves, tomato paste, salt and pepper.
  • When the sauce has thickened, remove from flame and keep aside.

  For pizza assembly:
  • First bake pizza base for 10 minutes. Then place a pizza base on the drip tray, spread sauce on it.
  • Place paneer, capsicum, onions and tomatoes over the sauce and sprinkle cheese over it.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 150°C for 10 minutes.     


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