Pizza is a flatbread that uses all-purpose flour and yeast to ferment. Typically, mozzarella cheese, pizza tomato sauce, and other vegetarian pizza toppings are placed on top of it. It is not just for lunch and dinner; it can also be eaten as a snack.
With just a few essential tips you can create a restaurant-quality crust, and treat yourself to the best homemade pizza that’s entirely customizable for your tastes.
however, this recipe is a simple recipe with yeast and baked in the oven. the toppings can be changed as per the preference and even meat can be added for meat eaters.
Though you can buy a readymade base from the nearest superstore or market, the authentic taste of this will only come when you make a fresh pizza. Also, another thing about pizza making is that you need to bake it at the right temperature and under the right conditions.
Any veggies, such as onions, peppers, broccoli, or mushrooms, that you don’t want to be raw on the cooked pizza should first be sautéed.
- 2 cups maida / all-purpose flour
- salt to taste
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp pizza sauce
- Tomato sauce (smooth or pureed)
- mozzarella cheese, grated
- ¼ cup capsicum chopped
- 3 tbsp onion (roughly chopped)
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp chilly flask
- ¼ cup black olives (chopped)
- ½ tbsp butter
- Firstly, Take a little warm water and mix the yeast in it along with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Stir and Set aside and let the yeast activate.
- Take a dough-kneading plate and add all-purpose flour to it
- Next, add salt to it. Then, make a well in the center and add 1 teaspoon of oil to it.
- Once the yeast has risen, add it to the flour and knead the dough nicely using some water.
- The dough will be soft and elastic, and no longer sticky.
- Cover rest and rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.
- Then knead the dough once again. Now, the dough is ready.
Prepare the base
- Place the dough on a dusted plate or tray.
- Divide the pizza dough into equal parts to make either 4 small 2 large or 3 medium-sized pizzas.
- take one portion of the divided dough and roll it into a neat round ball.
- Using a rolling pin, roll this dough into a nice circular base. Roll the dough from the center towards the outer edges
- You could also flatten and press the dough with your fingers directly in the baking pan.
- Once you have made the base, use a fork and prick the base with it so that the base doesn’t rise and gets baked nicely.
- Then, spread the tomato sauce on the pizza in a thin, even layer.
furthermore, spread pizza sauce generously leaving the sides slightly.
- Now spread a generous handful or two of shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Place your choice of veggies on top of the cheese, making sure to spread the toppings evenly.
- I have used onions and capsicum.
- Now you can add a light layer of grated parmesan cheese to finish the pizza. however, you can skip this.
- Further, bake at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 – 15 minutes
- Bake the pizza until the cheese melts and the crust is golden.
- Once done, take out the baking tray and slice the pizza.
- Sprinkle oregano and chili flakes as per your taste and serve hot.
Hearty veggies like onions, bell pepper (capsicum), and baby corn can be added directly without cooking first.
And for green veggies like kale, fennel, cabbage, cauliflower, or shaved Brussels sprouts, sauté or cook for just a few minutes.
For mushrooms, I suggest you sauté them till light golden before adding them.
Feel free to use vegan plant-based non-dairy cheese for a vegan veg pizza made from scratch.
Tips and Variations
- In case you are using a standard oven then make sure it’s preheated at 280 degrees Celsius.
- If the dough becomes sticky add some flour and vice versa.
- vary the topping according to your choice with basil leaves for extra flavours.
- You can sauté the onions, bell peppers, and steamed corn kernels lightly in olive oil if you want before topping them.
- also, knead the dough well, or else the pizza will be chewy.
- Leftover dough can be refrigerated or kept in the freezer.
Q4: How do I prevent my pizza crust from becoming soggy?
A4: To prevent a soggy crust, preheat your oven and pizza stone (if you have one) thoroughly. Also, avoid using too much sauce or wet toppings, and make sure your cheese is not too moist.
Q5: What are some creative pizza topping ideas?
A5: The possibilities are endless! You can top with classic choices like pepperoni, mushrooms, and bell peppers, or get creative with ingredients like prosciutto, arugula, figs, or goat cheese.
Q6: Can I make a gluten-free pizza?
A6: Yes, you can make gluten-free by using a gluten-free pizza crust or making one from alternative flour like almond flour or cauliflower.
Q7: How can I make my pizza healthier?
A7: To make healthier, use whole wheat or whole grain crust, load up on vegetable toppings, and opt for lean protein sources like grilled chicken or turkey sausage. Use less cheese if you’re watching calories.
In conclusion, mastering the art of creating a perfect homemade pizza is a culinary journey worth embarking on. It’s a process that combines the joy of crafting your own dough, preparing a flavorful sauce, and selecting your favorite toppings to create a unique masterpiece.
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