Pizza from scratch with 3 toppings

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 Ingredients:

Pizza Dough :

  • 4-5 Cups AP Flour
  • 2 ¼ Tsp Active Dried Yeast
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 – 1 ½ Cup luke warm water
  • 1 Tbs Olive oil + more for greasing

Method:

  • In a bowl mix the flour , 1 tsp sugar and salt.
  • Bloom the yeast in ½ cup warm water and 1 tsp sugar mix for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the yeast froths add this and olive oil to the flour and mix well.

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  • Add more warm water as required to make the dough come together.
  • Now remove on a plain floured surface and knead it for 10 -15 minutes till the dough is smooth and pliable.
  • Now grease a big bowl with oil and place the dough.Cover and let it proof for 2-3 hours.
  • Once it has doubled in size, knock it down.Divide into 3-4 equal  size balls .
  • Roll out into about 1/2 inch thickness ,put on a baking sheet and prick holes with a fork.

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  • Cover and let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes drizzle some olive oil and blind bake in a pre -heated oven at 170C for about 10 mins.
  • Alternatively you can just spread it out with your fingers and drizzle olive oil and straight away add topping.

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  • Remove and let it cool.

I. Spinach,Ricotta & Mozzarella Topping :

  • ½ kg Spinach
  • 150 -200 gms of Ricotta ( I used a Flanders tub)
  • 7-8 Garlic vloves minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • Mozzarella as much or as lil u want
  • 2 tbs Olive oil

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Method :

  • Dunk the spinach in boiling water for just 4-5 seconds, remove , strain and chop it coarsely.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the garlic and onions.
  • To this add the spinach season a little and remove after just 3-4 minutes.
  • Once it cools a bit mix the ricotta.
  • Spread the tomato paste/sauce on the pizza base.

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  • Now spread the spinach ricotta mix.
  • Top up with torn Mozzarella

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  • Bake at 180 C for 20 – 25 minutes

II. Onion, Capsicum, Mushroom & Cheese Topping :

  • 2 large Onions
  • 2 Medium green Capsicums
  • 300 gms button Mushrooms
  • Cheese of your choice, I used Mozzarella

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III. Salami & Onion Topping :

  • Salami slices , as required
  • 2 large Onions
  • Cheese of your choice

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Method : ( same for both )

  • Peel onions, slice into roundels and separate the layers, keep aside.
  • Slice the capsicum in rounds. Clean and slice the mushrooms. Keep aside
  • Slather the pizza base with tomato sauce/paste and sprinkle grated cheese on top.

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  • On one base make a layer of onions , mushrooms and capsicums and on the other top with sliced onions and capsicums and bake at 180 C for 15-20 minutes.

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Homemade Pizza Sauce :

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large Onions, chopped
  • 4 large ripe Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbs Tomato puree
  • 1 Tsp dried Basil
  • 1 Tsp dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 Tbs Olive oil

Method :

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the garlic, once aromatic and slightly colored add the onions.

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  • Fry the onions till it is lightly browned then add the tomatoes and tomato puree.
  • Fry this till tomatoes are little mushy then add the dried herbs, sugar and salt to taste.

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  • Cover and let it simmer till the tomatoes are well cooked.
  • Adjust the seasoning and it is ready to use.

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# You can also use store bought pizza base sauce if you want to save time

# Experiment with various toppings , it is fun 🙂 .

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