Monday, December 27, 2010

Vegetable Pizza

I love homemade pizza. It's so much better then average pizza found outside. Dose not take much effort and the most interesting thing is we can have various toppings of our choice and reduce the cheese and sneak in some whole wheat flour. This dough recipe is from Nupur's blog and I am repeating here for completeness. I have used this dough recipe many times now and I am pretty happy. Here I am posting a veggie pizza recipe. We like our pizza neither thin crust nor deep dish..somewhere in middle. Similarly not too chewy nor too crisp. This recipe plays along beautifully. Give it a try.

Ingredients for Dough

2 cup AP bleached flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 tsp Active dry yeast
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 cup Warm water
1 tbsp Olive oil

Ingredients for Pizza Toppings

1 cup slice capsicum
1 cup sliced onion
1/2 cup slice tomato
Cheese of your liking.I used shredded mozrella.
Pizza sauce (I used leftover Tomato Basil pasta sauce. )


Add yeast and sugar to warm water. Cover it and let it stand for 10 minutes. It should be foamy and frothy after 10 minutes.

Mix both kind of flour and salt. Add olive oil and yeast mixture to flour. Add water as needed to knead a pliable dough. Once it comes together knead it couple of times to make it smooth.

Now place the dough in well oiled deep bowl. Cover it with moist kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 1 1/2 hour. It would double in size.

After it has doubled in size divide the dough in three parts (I got three 6 inch pizza) and let it again rest for 10 minutes. Make pizza immediately or freeze the dough for later use.

Preheat the oven to 500 F. Place the pizza stone on middle rack. If you do not have pizza stone you can use baking sheet.
Now take one part and flatten it using rolling pin making about a 6 inch circle. You can also do it using hands. If dough is sticky you can use some dry flour. Don't use too much of dry flour.

Take the Pizza peel and spread some cornmeal/sooji/semolina over it. Once pizza is rolled out lift it and place it over the peel. If you are using the baking sheet spray some oil over it and place the rolled out dough over it.

With light hand (At one time my pizza stuck to the peel badly) spread some sauce. I prefer to use little sauce otherwise pizza get soggy. I would say about 2-3 tbsp. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously. Add little cheese (Optional at this point). Now add veggies. Add cheese over the veggies and bake it for about 8 - 10 minutes. For crispier pizza bake couple of minutes more. Savor the delicious results hot!!

Choice of toppings is endless. My husband like a jalapeƱo pepper and mushrooms on his pizza. I like spinach, garlic and feta. Even using store bought pesto gives tasty results. Get creative and experiment with all kind of stuff. Next time I am going to try roasting vegetables before adding them as topping.