Vegetable Pizza

I am at my in laws place now. I came two days back, for collecting something from here. Kiddo refused to come back to our place and so me and him stayed back for a couple of days.

And here I am – waking to wholesome breakfasts. And my hubby, 14 kilometers away in our house, is staying alone and facing dry bread/corn flakes to start the day.

My day extends to a scrumptious lunch and an awesome dinner. My MIL is an amazing cook and even an everyday meal is a mini thali here. My poor hubby has to have ordinary canteen food for lunch and a dosa from a nearby tiffin center for dinner.

But I am sure on Friday he would have ordered Pizza. Friday was our Pizza day. We used to buy pizza and slowly graduated to making pizzas at home. Below is one of the blast from the past pizzas.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour                        :            500 gms
  • Yeast                                                :            2 tsp
  • Sugar                                                :            1 tsp
  • Salt                                                    :            1/2 tsp
  • Water                                               :            lukewarm
  • Olive Oil                                          :            1 1/2 tbsp
  • Pizza Sauce                                    :          1 cup
  • Cheese                                             :           2 cups, approx
  • Topping
  • Onion                                               :            1 medium
  • Tomato                                           :            1 – 2 medium
  • Capsicum (Red/Green/Yellow) :            1 small
  • Baby Corn                                      :            2-3
  • Olives

Method:

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup of lukewarm water. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes for the yeast to foam and rise. If it doesn’t form any bubbles, discard it and start again with a fresh batch of yeast.
  2. Combine the flour, salt and whisk. Mix in the yeast mix, oil, lukewarm water and kneed to form a soft pliable dough. It will take about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Place it in a greased bowl and set aside until the dough has doubled in size. This might take about an hour or so. A transparent bowl with a  rubber band for marking the initial size of dough will be very useful here.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Grease the pizza pan.
  5. Once the dough has risen, kneed it for a minute or two and then shape it into a circular base.  Prick holes all over with a fork randomly.
  6. Once the oven is heated (approx 15 minutes), bake the base for 5 minutes. Take it out and spread the pizza sauce on it. Add the grated cheese and then the toppings. Go easy on the toppings, since too much of it make the pizza heavy. Top with cheese again.
  7. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the base looks cooked.
  8. The above quantity will give around 3 -4 medium pizzas, depending on the thickness.

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Quick Breads – DB Feb 2012 Challenge

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

Here is my take for this month – savory Pizza Muffins which hubby loved a lot and a sweet Papaya bread which had me sniffing around the oven, waiting for the bread to finish baking.

Of course, all this happened on 27th evening and the bread got finished baking at around 10.30 PM. But at least, I had the satisfaction of finishing the challenge on time, though posting it in the blog is a different matter.

The pizza muffins were soft, fluffy and just perfect. I wish I had  made some pizza sauce to dunk these, but hubby was happy with ketch up itself. Though they are called Pizza Muffins, they don’t taste like pizza (not without the sauce anyway), but they were good and they got over in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Onion                                 :        1 medium, chopped fine
  • Tomatoes                         :        1-2, chopped
  • Capsicum                         :        1 small, chopped
  • AP Flour                           :        2 cups
  • Cheese                               :        1 cup
  • Salt                                      :        1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder               :        1 tbsp
  • Dried Italian Herbs      :        1 tsp
  • Olive Oil                            :        1 -2 tbsp
  • Egg                                      :        1, beaten
  • Water                                 :        1 cup

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tray.
  2. Finely chop the onions, tomatoes and capsicum. I added 1 tbsp of fresh fenugreek leaves too.
  3. Fry onion and capsicum till they are a bit soft. Take of the heat, add tomatoes, salt and herbs.
  4. Mix flour, baking powder and whisk. Add the cheese, veggies, egg and one cup of water. Mix everything until just combined.
  5. Spoon into the muffin pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Serve with pizza sauce or ketch up.

The papaya bread tasted very much like a banana bread, I couldn’t taste or smell papaya in it. I loved it a lot and so did my son. It was more like a sweet cake than a bread. Thanks Janet for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar                               :       1 cup
  • Butter                              :       1/4 cup (I had only about 50 gms)
  • Eggs                                  :       2
  • Mashed Papaya           :       1 1/2 cups ( 3/4 th of a small papaya)
  • Walnuts                           :      1/4 cup
  • Raisins                             :      1/2 cup
  • AP Flour                         :      1 1/2 cups
  • Baking Powder             :      1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda                   :      1 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder      :      1/2 tsp
  • Ground Ginger             :      1/2 tsp
  • All Spice Powder         :      1/2 tsp
  • Salt                                    :      1/4 tsp

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F/160C. Grease a loaf pan.
  2. Cream sugar and butter together, I used a wooden spoon for this. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy. Add the mashed papaya and mix.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a separate bowl and whisk together. Add the raisins and walnuts to this and mix.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix until everything is combined and there aren’t any dry lumps.
  5.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour and ten minutes or until a skewer comes clean. I would suggest keeping an eye on the bread after it reaches the 50 minute mark.
  6. Slice and serve. Warm or cold, they taste fantastic.

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