Sunday, December 17, 2006


Ingredients : Makes 2 pizzas (Serves 4)Pizza Base 200g strong white flour (plain flour will do, if you don't have bread flour) 100g semolina (strong flour / plain flour will do, if you don't have semolina) 1 heaped teaspoon of salt 300ml warm water7g (1 sachet) dried yeast 1 teaspoon sugarPizza Topping Ingredients : 1 tin tomatoes (or you could use fresh tomato sauce) 1 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed handful of fresh basil leaves, torn into shreds2 red onions, peeled, chopped in half & sliced 200g cheese, cut into slices (e.g. mozarella, Cheddar, blue cheese) Method: Pizza Base : Mix the yeast and sugar with some of the water in a cup. Set to one side and leave for 5 minutes until the mixture starts to froth. (This activates the yeast and checks it's still working). Put the flour, semolina and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the frothy yeast mixture and most of the water. Mix until it forms a rough dough, adding a little more water, if needed. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1/2 hour. Warm the oven to 230 deg C and put the pizza stone / baking tray in to pre-heat. Topping: Heat the olive oil in a pan. Fry the garlic gently until it starts to brown. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes. Add the basil, then liquidise. When you're almost ready to make the pizza, divide the dough into 2.Roll the dough out thinly, to the size of a pizza stone or large baking tray for each pizza. Place the rolled out dough onto the pre-heated pizza stone or baking tray. Divide the tomato sauce between the two pizzas and cover most of the base with the sauce. Sprinkle the onions, cheese, olives and pine nuts over the pizzas. If using, crack the egg over the middle of the pizza. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese has browned. Note: Insted of cheddar cheese, people who are in diet can use cottage cheese.Vegetables like bell pepper, carrot, beans can be used for toppings. Fry these vegetables in a pan with some little olive oil and add little ajinomoto, so that the vegetables can get cooked within short time. Now,you can add soya sauce(2tsp),vinegar (2tsp) and tomato sauce (3 tsp).You can even use the pizza base which is also available in the shop. Spread the vegetable mixture on the pizza base and put in the pre heated oven (160C) for 5 can also use tava in the cooking range to prepare the pizza.

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