Monday, 12 November 2012

Who Wants A Bite of Pizza?

 Several years ago, I made some "pizza" with soft bread. Everyone loved it, but ... "Can you make the thick crust as those selling in the market? It would be the real Pizza then!" . They commented while gulped down my "pizzas".

At that time, I was fascinated by different type of cakes, never thought of making doughs. It seemed beyond my reach.

After shifted  my focus from cake to bread, one night,  I looked at a Pizza crust recipe for the first time. I can't believe I never thought of making Pizza crust myself ! Maybe it's what Chinese says "难者不会,会者不难"?

I made two fantastic REAL thick crust pizzas the next day. Everyone said my pizzas tasted just like those selling in the restaurant!  "You should have done it earlier !"

Recipe adapted from Happy Home Baking 

(makes two 9'' or 10'' thick pizza crust)

- 250g bread flour
- 50g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast ( I use Levure Seche de Boulanger Dry Baker's Yeast )
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 180ml water

  1. Preheat oven at 220 degC.
  2. Place all ingredients except water in a mixing bowl (take care to separate salt from yeast). Gradually add in water, and mix well with hand until the dough comes together to form a ball (it takes about 5-7 mins).
  3. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it proof in room temperature (about 28-30 degC) for about 40mins- an hour or until double in size.
  4. Turn out the risen dough onto a lightly floured work surface.  Give it a few gentle kneading to relese the gas. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Knead one dough at a time for about 2 mins, let rest. Knead another dough for about 2 mins.  Take turns doing this kneading for about 3 rounds. Let the doughs rest for 10mins.
  5. Roll each dough into round shape. Place it on a greased baking tray, press out the dough to about 12 inch in size to fill the tray .
  6. Spread some pizza sauce ( I use spaghetti sauce) over the dough. Leave about 1 cm (0.5 inch) from the edge. Sprinke a layer of shredded Mozzarella cheese, followed by preferred toppings (button mushroom slices, canned pineapple chunks, ham slices, green/red peppers slices etc). Sprinkle the top all over with shredded cheese. Let rest for 10 mins.

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20mins or until the crust has turned golden.
  8. Serve warm with tobasco sauce and grated Parmesan cheese, if you like.


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