Many a fortnights back, I shared with you the recipe of home -made thick crust pizza with bell pepper, bacon and loads of cheese (link). Here I am back again with the story of another pizza, a bit different from its predecessor. This time it is a veg pizza with no meat, but with mushroom and onion as add on. It is a bit different in another aspect too being a thin crust which means the pizzza base is much thinner almost like a roti. Actually, if you really ask me, I must admit having a soft corner for the thin crust ones which gives a really light feeling with the bite. In fact in authentic pizzerias, across Europe and particularly in Italy, I found that they really mean Pizza by thin crust and prepare the base rolling and tossing the dough by hand. Another point to mention here regarding the cheese. I have always been skeptic about choosing the right kind of pizza cheese in India. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the Britannia cheese which is amazingly good and served as a great topping. So as the winter is in its fullest, make your own pizza with all the colours and play innovative with corns, broccoli, tomatoes and whatever you like.
Who can make such an innovative and gorgeous looking pizza other than Chitra !!!! I suppose no one. Yet she makes it look so easy.
Not very long ago, I get acquainted with Chitra and went through her blog Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen. As the name reveals, her blog is a treasure of healthy recipes which is a perfect foil to our daily stressful life. On the top of that I am really impressed with innovative approach and individuality in each of her recipes. She always tries to present a lighter and healthier version of traditional and common foods along with her amazing fusion recipes. Till date I did not find a dedicated blogger like her who manages to post two recipes each single day. Needless to say, if you visit her blog, never will you be disappointed.
Today I am privileged to have her recipe, Whole wheat and Oats Flower Pizza, as guest post for my blog. Though the recipe sounds common at the first go still is quite new and refreshing for its ingredients and look. Here a circular pizza is given the shape of a flower by some twists, quite similar to the flower shaped bread, as found in Italian cuisine. Again, Chitra used wheat flour and oats instead of plain flour to turn it into a healthier dish. Thus she shows her innovative best for which she is well known.
Preparation time: 15minutes
Baking time: 18-20minutes
Waiting time: 1½-2hours
- Wheat flour – 1½ cup
- Powdered oats – ½ cup
- hot water – 1cup
- Yeast – 1tsp
- Honey – 1tsp
- Extra virgin olive oil – 2tbsp
- Salt – 1/2tsp
- Pizza sauce – to spread (link)
- Sliced jalapenos
- Cherry tomatoes (cut to half)
- Low fat mozzarella cheese – 30-50gms
- Italian herbs-to drizzle
- In a bowl combine yeast, honey, 1/4cup hot water and let it sit on the counter for 5-10minutes.
- Sieve wheat flour, powdered oats in a mixing bowl, add in salt, oil mix well to form crumbs.
- Then add in yeast mixture and hot water little at a time to form a dough.
- Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes and then transfer into a greased bowl, cover and let it rest until doubles.
- Pre-heat the oven at 200° C, grease the pizza tray and keep aside.
- Once the dough doubles, transfer to the floured surface and roll it out to a circle.
- Place a cup on its middle to separate it from the petals.
- Brush some olive oil on the remaining part of the dough apart from bowl surface and spread some pizza sauce .
- Using a sharp knife cut it in equal portions (divide in quarters and then each quarter in four pieces)
- Twist two times each petal
- Uncover the middle portion and Brush with olive oil and spread sauce.
- Bake for 14-15minutes. Then pull the bread out from the oven spread some cheese, top it with olives and cherry tomatoes at the centre circle and place back the tray into the oven and bake for 4-5minutes more/until the cheese melts.
Serve with sauce.
- Topping can be personalised as per the choice.
- Plain flour can be used in place of wheat and oats
Pizza, originally an Italian delicacy, earned the reputation of a true global food over the years. Perhaps there is no place on earth where you can’t find a pizzeria. Being a pizza fan like millions other, I always used to have the fresh baked pizza from pizzeria and never really thought to try my hands into it. But after going through few videos in youtube I made my mind to give it a try at my own kitchen. After a couple of trials things became clear on how to make a perfect pizza dough. Pizza dough is the most important thing to make a good pizza; toppings can be anything of your choice. For this present pizza recipe, I used grated mozzarella cheese, bacons and bell peppers for topping. However, you can make it completely vegetarian using mozzarella slices, tomato, olive, mushrooms or spinach as topping. I can honestly assure you that if you have time and a bit of patience, making Pizza at home is not at all a tough job.
Ingredients to serve 2 :
- Pizza base – 2 (recipe under “Useful Supplementary” tab)
- Pizza sauce (recipe under “Useful Supplementary” tab)
- Bacon (chopped) – 150 gm.
- Bell pepper (sliced) – ¼
- Grated mozzarella cheese – 150 gm.
- Salt and crushed black pepper for seasoning
- Oilve oil – 2 tbspoon
Place the pizza bases on a lightly oiled baking sheet/aluminum foil and push up the edges with your fingers to form a small rim.
Pour 2-3 tbspoon pizza sauce at the center of each base and spread it throughout leaving a ½” edge.
Now spread generous amount of grated cheese over it and arrange the bacon and bell pepper slices.
Season to taste with salt and crushed black pepper and drizzle with 1 tbspoon of olive oil.
Bake in a preheated oven, 230ºC/450ºF, for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is crisp.