V and I love pizzas. We like to eat them once in a while at Pizza Hut. But I get a real urge to make my own pizzas sometimes. Recently, I was watching the show Emeril Live and it was a pizza special episode. I thought of giving the pizza base a try. I did a small addition. I added 1 tea spn fried garlic to the base. I wasn’t sure it would make a big difference, but I was so surprised at the result. The whole pizza had such a great taste. Next time I will try with 50% wheat flour, this time I decided to make it with whole purpose flour because I wanted to see how it comes out. It was just superb. For the first time, we finished the whole pizza in one go!!!.
1 cup water
1 envelope (2 and 1/4 tea spn) active dry yeast
1/2 tea spn sugar
3 cups(approx) all purpose flour
1 tea spn salt
1 tea spn chopped garlic
Heat water till it is lukewarm (105 F). I usually microwave it for 10-20 secs.
Now add the yeast, sugar, 1 tea spn olive oil. Leave it for about 10mins till the yeast becomes active. You can see some bubbles on top which shows it’s active.
In a pan, heat a little olive oil and fry the garlic till it becomes brown.
Now add salt, 2 cups of flour, garlic and mix. If necessary add more dough till it can be handled easily (but still a bit sticky. I would say something like chapathi dough). Knead it on a lightly floured surface for few mins. (Do not knead for long, just 2-3mins is enough).
Apply olive oil to a large vessel. Transfer the dough to the vessel. Cover the vessel with a plastic wrap and leave in a dry warm place for about 1 and half hours (or until it is doubled in size).
Take the pizza dough out from the vessel and spread it into a large disc. Drizzle some olive oil on top.
Spread a little corn meal over the pizza stone. Keep the disc on it.
How to assemble pizza:
Preheat the oven to 450F for 10mins.
Top with your favorite sauce(I use marinara sauce), vegetables(I use olives, onions, capsicum, sun dried tomatoes, jalapenos) and mozzarella cheese. Spread a little pepper and salt(optional). Drizzle little olive oil.
Bake at 450F for about 12-15mins.
Serve hot with your favorite sides.
Makes 1 large pizza