Category Archives: Pizza

Pizza: Olives, Capers, Tomatoes & Feta

I’ve stopped using recipes for pizza doughs because I enjoy the thrill of having a different bread dough each time round. But of course, if you’re looking for a splendid thin crust pizza dough, use this recipe.

So after tossing flour, yeast, salt, oil and water into a bowl, and kneading away for at least 5 minutes, I had a dough ready for pizza. The routine here is to let the dough sit and rise in a bowl under a damp towel or cling film for at least 40 minutes, before rolling it out and laying your toppings on.

In this case, I made a quick tomatoey sauce base, and put on green olives, capers, and chopped cherry tomatoes, sent it into the oven till it was done and crumbled chunks of Greek Feta on. Then, serve with a variety of fresh salad leaves e.g. arugula, spinach, mixed lettuce and frills, etc.

Go crazy with the greens, if you wish.


Pizza: Asparagi alla Parmigiana

Don’t be like me and leave it in the hot oven after it’s done, thinking it would ‘keep warm’ that way. It got way overdone.

Anyway, using this pizza dough recipe, this is what goes on top:

  • Thin slices of asparagus
  • Slices of white mushrooms
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Lemon Mayonnaise*

*This can be bought off the shelf, but I prefer making my own. Squeeze lemon juice into some mayonnaise; enough so that there is a refreshing zest of lemon goodness but not so much so it becomes a sour mess. Top the pizza with this after it’s been baked, using a squeezey bottle. If you don’t have one, use a ziplock bag, with a small corner snipped off. Have a good time making lovely patterns. Have a better time eating this pizza.


Pizza: Fishcake & Sweet Pea

Earlier this afternoon, my dad gently requested, with a clenched fist, that I make pizza for dinner. This is one of the four I made:

If you ever have time and you feel like making a pizza, please try this one out. Thin crust pizza with fishcake and sweet pea topping, it’s comfort food to the max.

Fishcake is something I sorely miss while in London, for some reason, they don’t have it at the supermarket. Only Chinatown stocks it. And oddly enough, further up north of England, my peers have it in almost every homecooked meal. Such is life.

Back to the Fishcake. It’s marvellous when toasted or barbecued. So when it’s on a pizza, baking away with a coupla parboiled sweet peas, the result is maximum comfort in satisfaction.

Please. Try it. Soon.


Pizza Saucery

 

Tried out making your own pizza dough yet? Here’s how you can make your own Pizza Sauce now. Yes, that tomatoey first layer that goes onto your perfectly round and flat pizza dough. Instead of buying a jar off the shelf at the store, here’s a really good cheat. It’s actually Spaghetti Bolognese without the spaghetti and chopped up ingredients. Just the sauce alone. Combine a lug of olive oil, tomato puree, basil, pepper and water into a bowl and mix. Add water bit by bit till you get the consistency of a spread. You don’t want it too paste-like nor too runny.

So simple to do, it doesn’t even take a minute.


Mummy’s Pizza

This one’s for you, Mummy. 

I remember fondly, the first time I’d ever had pizza. It was homemade, and Mummy made everything from scratch. Before I knew pre-made pizza doughs existed, I discovered the use of a rolling pin.  I sat by the dining table, as Mummy dusted the surface with flour and rolled the dough round and flat like a pro. I begged her to let me have a go, and wound up making a mess.

It was not long before Pizza Hut and other pizza delivery companies made their killing in the market, and in my house. Pizza was never the same again. Their crusts were incredibly thick and heavy, overwhelming bready and thus, unforgivingly filling.

Eventually, I grew older and found myself paying for better pizza. Better, meaning pizzas with thiner and lighter crusts, toppings laid on with love and consideration, entire faces of dough made to look beautiful. I guess good things do come with a price. Even so, good memories are priceless.

Long story short, I had some pretty good pizza a couple of days back and I thought I’d have a go at making my own.

Thin-Crust Pizza Dough

It was my friend’s birthday party two nights ago and I made six 9-inch pizzas. Here are the numbers for the dough:

  • 2.5 mugs of plain flour
  • 0.75 mugs of tepid water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 0.5 tbsp of salt
  • 7 gms of dry yeast
Dump out the flour onto a (clean) tabletop and make a well in the centre. Pour the water into the well and using a fork, introduce the flour to the water, bit by bit. Before it gets thick, add the oil, salt and yeast. Then combine everything and knead till smooth. Once done, place into a big bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 45-60 minutes. Roll out as desired. Anything edible can go on it, so go crazy.