V and I are big fans of pizza. When we were in India, I had thought, pizza always had tomato sauce, vegetables(or meat) and cheese. But after coming to US, I learned about many different toppings and different sauces for pizza. While I love these different tastes, V loves Pizza Hut types with tomato sauce and the standard toppings. My latest love is Spin Nepolitan pizza. I became a huge fan of it when we ate there couple of months ago.
Recently, I have been baking pizzas at home very frequently – like once in 15days or a month. I know some readers would talk about all purpose flour/maida not being healthy etc etc, but I still like to make this version once in a while. We both simply love this. I have tried different toppings and this one is something we really really loved.
For the base, I followed the recipe from here. I used half wheat flour and half all purpose flour.
For the sauce:
(adapted from BÃ©chamel sauce and this)
1 tbl spn butter
1 tbl spn all purpose flour
A pinch nutmeg powder(freshly grated/powdered)
1/4 tea spn red chilli flakes
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tea spn dried basil
1 tbl spn parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat butter in a pan. Now add chilli flakes, all purpose flour and whisk continuously(keep on a medium flake to avoid burning).
Now slowly add milk whisking all the time. Add nutmeg powder(grate a nutmeg directly into the pan). Add parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, basil and whisk it. Cook till the sauce thickens.
Eggplant – sliced, sprinkled with olive oil, salt pepper and grilled for few minutes
2 tbl spn grated mozzarella cheese(optional)
Preheat the oven to 450F for about 10mins.
Roll the dough into desired thickness. Sprinkle some olive oil.
Spread the sauce, toppings, cheese(optional) and bake it in a preheated oven at 450F for about 12-15mins.