Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Authentic Italian Thin Crust Pizzzaaaa!
This post would be my contribution for Culinary Bazaar's A.W.E.D Italiano event!
I loveeee pizzas especially the one with thin crusts.Basically I'm not a big fan of bread ,so I don't prefer those Greek style pizzas which are said to have extremely thick bases.I have never tried making a pizza base at home before.This was my first attempt and they came out palatable!The sauce and topping were adorable and tasted really yummy..And my first pizza crust was bit soft while the second pizza was crispier.I loved the latter,I kept it in the oven for a much more time and got them more crispier..
I made the reaallll Italiano way sauce with all the herbs like oregano,basil n thyme in it.You can make the toppings in any way you want like tandoori paneer,Hawaiian style with pineapples n snap peas,fruits and nuts,grilled chicken ,shrimps etc.The choices are endless!
If you have a pizza stone then it really helps the pizza to get the crust crispier ,but I don't have one .So I baked my pizza in a pan with a table spoon of olive oil coated in it..
Now over to making of Pizza..
For making dough you will need:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup warm milk
2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
A big pinch of baking soda
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Add the yeast and sugar to the warm milk and mix well till they are frothy.
Mix the salt ,baking soda and the flour well.Combine the milk with the flour slowly and make a soft dough.Add the olive oil and knead for 8 mins.Cover with a towel or cling wrap and allow to ferment for 1 to 2 hours in a warm place.
Dust some flour on the work surface.Knead and divide the dough into two equal portions.With a rolling pin make a 1/4 inch thick circle.If you're a pizza acrobat you can flip it in air and make a really even crust..
If you don't have a pizza stone..You can use a pan with some olive oil coated in it..Place the rolled out dough on the pan..
For Sauce:Blanch 4 to 5 tomatoes and puree them.In a pan add the puree and 1/2 tsp of sugar,1/2 tsp salt and 2 cloves of crushed garlic.Cook in low flame until the sauce thickens.Add a pinch of oregano,dried basil and thyme.Add lots of freshly ground pepper.Give a stir and turn off the heat.The sauce is ready!
For the topping I chose sliced button mushrooms,green bell pepper,onions,Sweet corn kernel,and black olives and a lots of Mozzarella cheese and some Parmesan cheese..
Place the sauce in the middle of the pizza base and gently run the ladle in a concentric circle to evenly spread till the edges..You can add some rich tomato ketchup if u ran of the sauce..
Throw the vegetables as u desire over the sauce...
Grate lots of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top the vegetables and pop into a 250C preheated oven and bake for approx 20 mins or until done!
And here you got the sizzling pizza..Just transfer them onto a wooden circular board and slice them into wedges or squares..Thin crust pizzas are generally squared..
Have a closer look at the delicious toppings with the perfectly baked vegetables and smelted cheese...Mmmmmmmmm.
Wanna have a bite??