Whenever I asked Viaan what does he want to eat, I got the same reply every time… Pizza. So, one day mamma bear relented and thought of making a pizza from scratch and believe me, we started at 5 in the evening and voila the whole prep work only took 30 mins. From making the dough to the marinara sauce. Of course I used the ever useful KitchenAid to knead the dough but honestly it is not difficult to make a pizza from scratch.
This recipe will make two 8-inch pizzas.
For pizza –
2 cups all purpose flour / maida
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
Salt according to taste
1. In luke warm water add sugar, pinch of salt and yeast. Keep aside for about 10 minutes. To check if the yeast is active and usable, the water has to become frothy, if yes, then it is good to use.
2. In a large bowl add rest of the ingredients and knead. You can use a stand mixer or can do it by hand. Knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should be very smooth and soft.
3. Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes or until it rises. To quicken the process, I preheated my oven and kept my dough for the rising. In cold climate the dough will take a while to rise so either you use the oven or some warm place. Second time when I made this dough I used Mr Sun’s warm rays to do the work for me.
4. Once you are ready to use the dough, knock it down and lightly dust your work area with flour. Divide dough in half, roll out the dough either with a rolling pin or your hands. The dough will be soft and easy to work with. Prick with fork or toothpick.
5. Place parchment paper or oil your baking tray. Place your rolled out dough onto the tray.
6. Cover with pizza sauce, your choice of ingredients and cheese. Bake at 180 degree Celsius for around 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Check in between if you feel the oven is a bit hot and the pizza is not getting baked from inside, then lower the temperature to 160 and bake until done.
If you are new to baking then please read my post on Baking for beginners.