Pizza


Now-a-days, the ads on TV influences kids a lot and they would just like that demand whatever they feel to have, right then! With my kids, it would be a biscuit, a noodle/pasta, a juice or even a pizza.... It was one such demand that led me to bake a pizza at home. The first time I baked, I used a Maida based base with lots of cheese, but my kids preferred less cheesy!! So, the second time I baked, I used wheat flour for the base to make it more healthy and of course less cheesy!! So here are the recipes for both.... However, the toppings for the pizzas are left to you....   

Let's go for the healthy one first!!!

Whole Wheat Pizza Base



Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Sharmis Passions

Wheat Flour/Atta - 1 1/4 cups
Yeast - 1 tsp
Water - 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 1/2 tbsp


Method:
  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • In 1/4 cup warm water, add yeast and keep it aside to bloom.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the bloomed yeast, oil and salt and whisk it well. Then add the wheat flour and mix well. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water.
  • Mix well and knead to a smooth dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it in a warm place, undisturbed for 2-3 hours or until the dough has risen. 
  • Punch down the risen dough. You could either roll out a big pizza or divide it into two small pizzas. Dust flour and roll the dough to a thin base with the help of a roller.
  • Grease a baking tray with little oil. Transfer the rolled out dough to the baking tray.
  • Add some pizza sauce on top of the base. Add some mozzarella cheese and then pile the top with any veggies or non-veg as you wish. You could sprinkle some herbs too on the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 5-10 mins or until the cheese has melted and the base turns golden brown.
  • Serve hot with oregano and chili flakes sprinkled on the top.


Plain Flour Pizza Base


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Edible Garden

Plain flour/Maida - 2 cups
Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Warm water - 1/2 cup

Method:



  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead well until a slightly sticky dough forms.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn the dough so that the oil coats it. Cover with a damp kitchen cloth and let it rise for 25-30 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.
  • Punch down the dough and knead lightly until it forms a ball. Transfer to a floured surface.
  • Roll out into a circle or rectangle. You could either roll out a big pizza or divide them into 2 small pizzas. Transfer to a baking tray.
  • Add some pizza sauce on top of the base. Add some mozzarella cheese and then pile the top with any veggies or non-veg as you wish. You could sprinkle some herbs too on the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 mins or until the cheese has melted and the base turns golden brown.
  • Serve hot with oregano and chili flakes sprinkled on the top.




 

Scottish Oatcake


To keep myself motivated to bake, I joined a group on FB - Fondbites, Bake Along hosted by Subhashini Ramsingh, who is based in Chennai. She conducts professional baking and cake decorating classes in Chennai. Her classes are worth attending, though I haven't (but wish to in the future).....


Now, to start off, I decided to bake her Scottish Oatcake #19....... A very simple, healthy and less- caloric recipe, loved by adults, but not by the kids ;)...... A good in-between snack for weight watchers!


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Fondbites, Bake Along

Oatmeal - 1 1/2 cups
Wheat flour - 6 tbsps
Cornflour - 2 tbsps
Brown sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Hot water - 1/2 cup


Method:
  • Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Process the oats in a mixer on high for about a minute or so until it is powdered well.
  • Add the powdered oatmeal, wheat flour, cornflour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  • Add oil to the above mixture and combine well. Add hot water and mix well with a spoon.
  • Using your hands, knead the mixture well to form a dough.
  • Now place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 mins. This will soften the oats with the hot water.
  • Flour your counter with wheat flour and roll out the dough about 3-4 mm thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut them into shapes.
  • Transfer to the baking tray with 1 inch apart. They are not smooth dough, so the edges would be cracked. Combine the scraps again and roll out and cut them into shapes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 20-2 minutes or until the edges are browned.
  • Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container!

Do like her page on FB and visit her website Fondbites, to know more about her classes.....






 

Mango Sago Pudding


The Mango season is here and is about to finish.... And I wanted to make something with them before they disappear from the market..... Previously, I had made a verrine, a milkshake and baked a cake, but never a pudding.... So when I saw this pudding recipe on Sharmis Passions, I knew this was it!!! I used Banganapalli mangoes.....


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Sharmis Passions

Mangoes - 2 medium
Mango - 1/4 cup chopped
Sago - 1/3 cup
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup
Condensed milk - 1/4 cup


Method:
  • Soak sago in water (till immesing level) for an hour. Rinse it to remove excess starch.
  • Boil water and add sago to it. Cook sago till it is soft and transparent. Keep stirring otherwise it will stick to the bottom.
  • Once cooked, drain the water and wash again in running water. Drain water completely and set aside.
  • In a mixer, add mangoes, sugar and 1/4 cup milk and blend it to a smooth paste.
  • In a bowl, add remaining 1/2 cup milk and mango pulp and mix well without lumps. Then add the condensed milk.
  • Mix well with a whisk. Add cooked sago little by little and mix well.
  • Now add chopped mangoes and give a quick mix.
  • Chill for an hour and served chilled.