Sunday, December 11, 2011

My son's favourite Pizza

My son's pizza is all about a 'fusion'. A medley of olive oil, pizza sauce with an 'Indianish' touch, a mix of mozzarella and cheddar, fresh coriander leaves to flavour and chilly flakes to top for that 'Indianish heat'.

I had planned to bake and post this pizza when sweet punch announced the recipe for the same, from scratch, if I am not wrong, for the month of April adapted from the celebrity blogger The Pioneer Woman. I couldnt do the post then due to a serious ligament sprain followed by a 45 days' cast. Whatever attracted me to this immensely was that, a chance to try her foolproof  'crust' recipe and the flexibility regarding the choice of toppings!

I had made pizzas with this topping on a ready made pizza base so far, but ever since I tried this one a quarter ago, I have been baking this every month whenever my son is home from his school hostel. Every time he loves it all the more thus making me a contented mom!

Now, to start with ,we need to get ready with the ingredients for the pizza base.
2 cups of flour (I had halved the original recipe), olive oil, instant yeast, sugar and  Kosher salt.

I knead along with my hands to a soft dough. Yes, it is sticky but the olive oil helps.Transfer to another bowl, as in the picture, which is smeared with olive oil, liberally.


Wrap and cover with cling film. Refrigerate at least for 24 hours. The dough ferments and stays good until 3 days if stored in a chiller than the regular refrigerator compartment. Choose where to store planning when to bake.

The dough which has risen more than double the size after 24 hours straight out of the fridge.

Peel off the film and

punch down the dough giving a gentle knead. It's extremely elastic and sticky at this point and you may smear fingers with olive oil again, to avoid any further sticking.

Halve the dough, spread gently on your oil smeared baking pan. Poke small holes as you see with the back of a spoon. Drizzle olive oil.

I mixed a spoon of  tomato-onion preserve with pizza topping for the sauce. A weird combination, but that's how he prefers!

As you see, I spread a layer on the flattened dough..

The cheese used here is Brittannia cheeza, cheese for pizza, which is a combination of cheddar and mozzarella. Almost 70 gms was used up for one pizza.

Now, the turn for the flavorful Indian herb, freshly chopped coriander greens! 

I sprinkled finely chopped mixture of  garlic and shallots (a tsp altogether) with a final touch of chilly flakes for the 'Indian heat!'.
Bake in a preheated 500-degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden.. but not too brown.

                                                                  Out of the oven!
                                                         It was HOT when I shot this.                                                 

     Slice into wedges and serve warm. It turned out to be a little 'bready" rathen than a thin and crispy one this time but the boy loved it with lots of potato chips!

To have the recipe in one place...

Pizza Crust

Adapted from  The Pioneer Woman
Makes 4 large round crusts

1 teaspoon Active Dry Or Instant Yeast ( I used DCL instant yeast )
4 cups All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons sugar (the actual recipe doesn't call for this)
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
⅓ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To make the Crust

Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.
Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you need it.
It’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

The Topping
(not from Pioneer Woman)

When you are ready to bake the pizza, take out the prepared dough from the refrigerator.Remove the film and punch down the raised dough. Give it a gentle knead with oil smeared fingers.
 Divide the dough and flatten one portion on olive oil smeared baking pan. Let it be as thin as possible may be with slightly thicker edges. The dough will be very sticky and elastic but you can manage with oil coated fingers.
Top it with pizza sauce of your choice, followed by the cheese/cheeses and herbs you prefer.
Bake in a preheated 500-degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden.. but not too brown

Remove from the pan after it cools down a bit, carefully on a flat surface.
Slice into wedges and serve warm!


  1. Beautifully done to perfection. Love the crust Bharathy :)

  2. Pizza looks so delicious and amazing. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. I just now had my dinner and am already hungry again! Love the toppings, with goo-ey, melting cheese.. Yummm!


  4. Perfect pizza... I love a touch of Indian-ness to the pizza. I'd love to try out tomato onion preserve on my pizza too.. :)

  5. I have a Pizza freak here at home - my son !! ur pics might bring us both at ur door :)) great work ........

  6. Wow!!! What a lovely pizza! Looks an absolute melt in mouth :.-) Wish to have a biggg slice, please :-)

  7. amrith can eat pizza every single day if you let him! i always use this base with different toppings too :)

  8. I never imagine a pizza at home,urs looking awesome.....ITS TOOOOOO WONDERFUL.....

  9. Tempting and delicious ...loved the topping and the crust..I must try this.

  10. Your post reminded me that I haven't baked a pizza in a looong time :) My daughter loves homemade pizzas too...

  11. perfectly done Pizzas ! bookmarking recipe :-)

  12. pizza looks really it

  13. There is something about pizzas and all things cheesy which kids(and us!) can never say 'No' to:))I have been meaning to try this recipe from PW too, hopefully soon. Your pizza looks fab Bharathy!

  14. Pizza looks like its been professionally made..:) Very appetizing meal..:)) No wonder your little one enjoys it so much..

  15. Wow beautifully done incredible pizza, seriously makes me hungry.

  16. Wow!!! beautiful and marvelous pics dear. I can have the whole thing in one go..:)Lovely snaps.

  17. I love pizzas especially home made one and this looks absloutley super delicious.

  18. Very unusual combination I should say, But a must try one.

  19. How do you manage to do step by step pics is amazing...I can't think of it atleast as of now..Last picture is absolutely tempting..Liked the addition of corriander..

  20. Don't we love when the kids like what we make :-) You are so right about making the dough in advance. Have read a great article about it New York times, sometimes back
    From the pictures I can see that you made a perfect pizza

  21. i have one similar but yet to post...looks yummy

  22. Pizza looks perfect and it should be anyone's favorite if they have such perfectly done pizza :)

  23. The crust looks incredibly inviting....

  24. Love the addition of coriander. loks so Indian-ish!

  25. This looks devilish. I love love the thakali chutney you have added to the sauce. Makes everything better! Cheddar cheese on pizza, yum!

  26. So delicious! I forgot to mention pizza is one of my favorite foods. And I am so crazy to learn the procedures of cooking a pizza. Thanks for the recipe! bookmarking demon


  27. Pizza Equipment

    I need Pizza Equipment for Apple Pizza. any one can help me?


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