Homemade Deep Dish Pizza – Instapizza Style

Learn how to make Deep Dish Pizza with step-by-step instructions! Try this amazing recipe and make insanely good deep dish pizzas at home! 

Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Last week I got a chance to go visit Instapizza and try out everything on their menu, yes lucky me! This small (but soon to be really big) pizza chain is a hidden gem with pizzas to die for. I’m proud to report that Delhi finally has a decent enough place that delivers pizzas that don’t taste like cardboard. Yes, this place is a pizza lovers dream come true with it’s vast (and I mean it) variety of toppings. You name it and they have it! Pile your pizzas all you want and you will still walk out paying an amount that won’t burn a hole into your pocket. Lucky are those people who live in G town and kalkaji because that’s where they’re currently situated. Pray to god that these people expand soon and open one outlet near your home (and mine) so that we can finally say goodbye to Dominos!

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I don’t normally review places but Instapizza deserves a special mention because of the quality of their pizzas. I tried the chicken pepperoni, garlic and jalapeño pizza and DIED. I was expecting a regular tasting pizza (because that’s what you expect from a chain) but this one blew my mind, in a pleasant way. Everything was perfect, the crust, the sauce, the toppings..It was so good I ended up eating a piping hot slice and burnt the roof of my mouth..ouch!! 😀 I also tried a deep dish pizza which was more like a pizza pie. That pizza was about 2 inches thick and enough to feed a tribe (no, really!). Ashwin (the owner) was kind enough to give me the recipe (the home version ofcourse) and here I am..ready to share it with you!!
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 Now this pizza is not like a regular pizza..so you will need a few “equipments”. At Instapizza it’s made in a lose bottom or a springform tin because otherwise it would be impossible to take it out but for all of you home bakers you can just bake it in any cake tin or pie dish and serve it like that. You need to cover your tin with pizza dough, like you’re making a pie and then load it up with cheese and your preferred toppings. I’m going with Salami, jalapeños and red onions today. Then you cover the pizza with another layer of dough and sauce (which btw is also an instapizza recipe) and bake it in a REALLY HOT oven for about 35 minutes. Before you turn around and be like “who’s going to do all that hardwork” let me just tell you..making this pizza is going to be one of the best decisions of your life. You will thank me for sharing this recipe! So bake it and let me know what you think!
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

RECIPE: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza – Instapizza Style

Makes: One 8″ Deep Dish Pizza        Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours + overnight proofing     Baking Time: 35-40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough
  • Active Dry Yeast, 2 1/2 teaspoons
  • All Purpose Flour (or maida), 3 1/2 cups or 450 grams approx.
  • Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons (preferably caster)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Water, 1 1/3 cup or 320 ml

For the pizza

  • Fresh Mozzarella, 1 cup (grated)
  • Preferred Toppings (I used onions, peppers, salami and Jalapeno)
  • Pizza Sauce, 1 cup (Recipe here)
  • Jalapenos or Basil, for the top

METHOD:

Start by preparing your dough.

(Read this post before you start if you’re a beginner and a first timer with yeast. It’s important!)

In a cup of lukewarm water, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and mix it in. Add in the active dry yeast and stir. Cover the cup/glass with cling film for about 10-15 minutes of until the top is foamy. (Refer to pictures here.)

In the meanwhile, mix flour, olive oil, 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl and set aside.

Once your yeast has proofed (i.e. it’s foamy), add it to the flour mix and knead until just combined (about 3 minutes). Once you no longer see dry flour, stop, cover the bowl with cling film or a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

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Uncover the dough and tip it on a floured surface, knead it for about 4-5 minutes or until the surface of the dough bounces back when you poke it.

Cut the dough into two pieces and transfer to a floured tray or individual bowls. Cover with cling film and put it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours (or overnight. I kept mine for about 13 hours, this is called retarding the dough and helps in developing flavour. If you’re in a hurry, try this dough recipe instead.)

 Take out the dough from the refrigerator after 8 hours and let it come down to room temperature. In the meantime preheat your oven at 250 degrees Celsius or as hot as you can. Keep a tray or pizza stone on it, something that will serve as a base for your pizza tin.
Once your dough is down to room temp, it’s time to roll it out. But first flour your tin with corn meal, this will keep your base crisp.
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Now using your hands or a rolling pin stretch one ball of dough until it’s about 1/2 inch thick (keep the other covered while you’re working or it will form a skin on top). Lay it at the base of a springform tin or a loose bottom tin. This is essential unless you’re planning on serving in the dish. In that case you can use a pie dish too. Line the dough on the sides too, much like lining a tart.
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Brush the base with some butter and spread your grated mozzarella on it followed by a single layer of toppings. Do not put salt in the toppings or it will release water making your base watery and gooey.
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Roll out the other ball of dough and lay it on top of everything and seal the edges. Poke holes in the top layer so that the steam can escape.
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Layer on the pizza sauce as much as you like, I like a lot of it! And season it if you haven’t already. Top with a few jalapenos for that extra kick.
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Bake your pizza in a really really hot oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the sides are nice and golden. I baked mine for 30 minutes but I would suggest you to bake it for those additional 5-10 minutes so that it’s thoroughly cooked.
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Serve your pizza right away and enjoy!
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

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Classic Tomato Sauce

Try this simple recipe with step-by-step pictures and make flavorful fresh tomato sauce for your homemade pizzas! This versatile sauce tastes great with pastas and as a dipping sauce too!

Homemade Pizza Sauce (Improved Version)

There are two types of people on this planet, tomato sauce lovers and cheese sauce lovers. I am the former and for that same reason I’m always on the lookout for great tomato sauce recipes. I have a recipe that I normally use to whip up a simple spaghetti but this sauce is something else. It has no onions or garlic and is closest to the real deal! This Classic Tomato Sauce is great over homemade pizzas, pastas or even a dipping sauce and I got it from the Instapizza, an upcoming pizza chain restaurant in Delhi, India. I loved their pizzas and their sauce so I asked them for the recipe for it. The folks at Instapizza were kind enough to give it to me so here I am sharing it with you! Try this really simple recipe with step-by-step instructions and take your pizzas to another level!

RECIPE: Classic Tomato Sauce

Makes: 2 cups or 500 ml of sauce       Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Juicy Tomatoes, 7-8
  • Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Pizza Seasoning, as per taste (My pizza seasoning is a mix of garlic powder, dried rosemary, dried basil, dried thyme and dried oregano; you can season it with your favorite seasoning)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons

METHOD

Start by boiling your tomatoes. Take a pot, fill it water, and bring it to a boil. Toss your tomatoes in it and boil for about 5-10 minutes or until tomatoes are really tender.

Homemade Pizza Sauce (Improved Version)

Once they’re boiled, drop the tomatoes in ice cold water and take their skins off. Once the skins are off, blitz them in a food processor until you have a smooth tomato puree. You can go one step further and sieve the tomato puree to get a super smooth consistency but I don’t bother. I like it rustic.

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Pour olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and transfer your tomato puree to it. Bring it to a boil, and then simmer. Let the sauce cook on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes until it has thickened and developed a deeper colour. Keep stirring. Remember, the longer you cook your sauce the better it will taste.

Season your sauce and let it cool before you top it on pizzas, for pastas you can use it straight away. If the sauce is too thick add a little hot water to thin it down and adjust seasoning.

Classic Tomato Sauce

Recipe Courtesy: Instapizza.in

 

 

Classic Margherita Pizza

This thin crust Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese is the ideal dinner. Don’t worry if you’ve never made pizzas before because I’ve got plenty of visuals to walk you through every step.

Classic Margherita Pizza

 

Making pizzas at home intimidates a lot of people..and by a lot I mean A WHOLE LOT! People are so scared of making doughs and I fail to understand why. I mean I do understand why, because there was a time when I couldn’t get myself to do it too but once I tried it, I realised I was a fool for not trying it sooner. Pizza doughs and garlic breads doughs are quite similar to making breads so if you get hold of one, you’ll make the others quite easily. My first successful attempt  with yeast was with these Twisty Garlic Breadsticks, It’s a recipe by Sally’s baking Addiction and I’ve since adapted it to make my Cheesy Garlic Breadtsticks, my Pizza Rolls, my Wholewheat Calzones and my Classic Veggie Pizza. I mean it’s seriously easy to make them and if you still can’t get yourself to get up and try..why don’t you check out my detailed post on How to Make Pizza Dough at Home? I’ve got so many visuals that even a first timer will not feel scared of making pizzas after reading that.

Classic Margherita Pizza

My detailed post about making Pizza Dough at Home will clear any doubts that you may have. Don’t read this recipe or any recipe that requires you to use yeast until you’re done reading that because it’ll be easier to connect the dots after. Trust me, this will be easy peasy once you understand How To Work with Yeast and I’m pretty sure you’ll thank me for writing such a detailed post. Once you’re done with the dough, you’re going to want to get started on Making Pizza Sauce at Home which is another recipe that I have written a post about, you can read the recipe of my Pizza Sauce here.

Yes, I made the pizza sauce at home too. This pizza is made entirely from scratch, each and everything that you see there is homemade. Except for the mozzarella and basil leaves of course. I have this thing for homemade food and I’ve recently gone crazy with it (I sometimes think about making my own mozzarella, crazy much?) Yes, homemade everything means more time, more effort but it also means MORE TASTE and who can say no to more taste, huh? I make my own sauce but if you’re not feeling as enthusiastic as me, you can just use the store bought one. Other than that the recipe is quite straight-forward, but if there are parts that you don’t understand please check out my Classic Veggie Pizza recipe. I’ve covered all the steps in that one with visuals. And of course, if you have any more issues that you need answers for you can write to me, anytime! 🙂

Classic Margherita Pizza

 

RECIPE: Classic Margherita Pizza

Makes: One 9” Pizza     Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes   Baking Time: 20 minutes  

INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza dough, 1/4th portion (recipe here)
  • Pizza sauce, 6-8 tablespoons (recipe here)
  • Mozzarella Cheese, 7-8 slices
  • Basil leaves 6-7
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • Cornmeal, for dusting

METHOD

Please learn how to make pizza dough here. I have step-by-step instructions with pictures to help you understand better.

Once your dough is ready, take 1/4th portion of it and shape it into a ball. You can freeze the rest of dough if you don’t want to use it now. Freezing instructions are at the end of that post.

Sprinkle flour on your kitchen shelf to prevent your dough from sticking to it. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until its about 1/3rd of an inch thick. Using two fingers, pinch the sides so that they’re lifted (this is what will make thick edges and give it that pizza look). Now using your finger tip, poke the pizza base and make holes on it until its covered with them.

Brush the pizza base with olive oil and let it rest for 10 minutes.

(For step-by-step visual instructions of these steps go to this recipe, I have lots of pictures to help you understand better.)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Spoon the pizza sauce all over the base and arrange the mozzarella slices over it.

Bake this for 25 minutes on the lowest rack at 180 degrees.

Cut your pizzas in slices and garnish with some basil leaves on top!

Enjoy your pizza hot and go mad with the toppings!

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How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

A  really simple 3-step process explaining how to Pizza Dough from scratch at home!  If you panic at the thought of making pizza dough, read on because I have a LOT of pictures in this post to make you understand better! Use this recipe and make anything from your favorite pizzas to calzones to garlic breads at home in no time.

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

If you think bread making is difficult and yeast is something that terrifies you, you’re not alone! There are a million others that think the same way. This post is for all you people that have always wanted to make restaurant quality pizzas at home from scratch using the most basic ingredients. Don’t worry because I’ll cover everything stepbystep with a LOT of pictures and by the end of it I’m pretty confident that your fear of working with dough and yeast will disappear.

WARNING: Too many pictures today! It’s actually really fun!

(PS – Don’t be intimidated by the size of the post, I lost control while writing it! :p It’s actually really simple and easy to understand so read on..)

Before we get onto making the dough let’s just understand what ingredients you need and why.

What We Need to Make Pizza Dough:

  • Active Dry Yeast, 2 ½ teaspoons
  • Lukewarm Water, 360 ml
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon
  • All Purpose Flour, 440 grams
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • A warm place

That’s it.

You didn’t expect it to be that simple did you? The fact is..IT IS. Making pizza dough is really simple and the only thing you need to understand is how yeast works. If you nail that, you’re going to be making pizzas from scratch all your life. Never going back to those ready-made bases, are we?!

UNDERSTAND YEAST

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

This is the only thing you need to understand in this entire recipe so don’t panic. We’ll not get into the science of it but yeast is what makes the dough rise. How? Something about it releasing CO2 I believe. But all you need to know is that if you “activate” the yeast properly, your dough will rise.

Now what’s “activating” the yeast? Yeast comes in two types- Instant Yeast and Active Dry Yeast. The one I use for all my recipes is active dry which is cheaper than instant and more easily available. Active dry yeast needs “activation” for it to work, which simply means adding it to a lukewarm water and sugar mixture.

What do you need to activate the yeast?

  • Active dry yeast
  • Lukewarm water (microwaved for 25 seconds approx.)
  • Sugar
  • A jar
  • Cling Film

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

The only thing you need to look out for is the temperature of the water. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and if it’s too cold your yeast won’t wake up. I microwave my water for 25 seconds and insert my finger in it. What you’re looking for is the temperature where you can “comfortably” keep your finger in the water for at least 6 seconds. If it feels hot wait for it to cool down before you ad in your yeast or IT WILL DIE. Every microwave is a little different so I can’t pin point the time, but 25 seconds at high power should suffice.

Now that you know how yeast works, let’s get onto the easy part..

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

STEP 1: Activate the yeast

If you don’t “activate” Active Dry Yeast, your dough won’t rise which means your pizza base won’t rise and we don’t like flat a gooey mess in the name of a pizza do we? So lets learn how to do this.

Microwave your water for 25 seconds. This time is an indication only, to make sure the water is the correct temperature try finger testing it (explained above). Once your water is lukewarm, mix in ½ teaspoon of sugar to it. Sugar acts as a catalyst in this entire process, it accelerates the yeast activation so make sure it’s completely dissolved. Yeast needs to eat!

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

Now add in your yeast to the water and mix until its almost dissolved. Cover the jar with a cling film and let it stay in a dark place for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you will notice that the surface of the water is foamy which means the yeast is “Active” and ready to be used (if it’s not, the yeast is dead either because of really hot or cold water or it’s expired). If the surface is not foamy throw it away and start again.

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

STEP 2: Make the Dough

Mix flour, olive oil, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the activated yeast water from step 1 to this and form a dough ball. Now toss this ball onto a floured surface and knead it for 5 minutes by hand. No less than that! Set a timer on your phone. Works for me!

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

Brush oil in a bowl and transfer the dough into it. Cover the bowl with cling film and keep it in a warm place. (If you can’t find a warm place, simply preheat your oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes and keep your bowl in it for an hour or until it has doubled in size.

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After an hour or two your dough would’ve doubled in size due to all the air. Punch the dough to knock out all the air and knead it lightly. Your dough is ready to be used! You can use this dough to pizzas, pizza rolls, foccacia breads, calzones, pretzels etc..here are a few recipes you can get started with!

Homemade Sugar and Cinnamon Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Classic Veggie Pizza or a pizza with the topping of your choice.

Veggie Pizza at Home

 

Braided Nutella Bread

Braided Nutella Bread

 

Pizza rolls

Pizza Rolls

 

Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks

Wholewheat Calzones (If you’re looking for a healthier option)

Wholewheat Calzones

Caramelized Onion Foccacia Bread

Caramelized Onion Focaccia

STEP 3 (OPTIONAL):Store the Dough

If you’re not in the mood to bake right now, you can keep this dough in the refrigerator for a month. To store, divide the dough into two equal parts. Now take two air tight plastic bags, cover the insides of the bags with oil and keep a ball of dough in each bag. Seal it properly and freeze it for up to a month.

How to Make Pizza Dough at Home?

To defrost, transfer the bag from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it stay there for 8 hours or overnight. When you’re ready to bake, take out the bag and keep it on the kitchen shelf. Once the dough reaches room temperature you can use it as normal!

I hope you have no doubts after this HUGE post but if you do, write to me! I’d love to help you out!

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Pizza Rolls

Bored of eating the same old pizzas? Learn how to make these Pizza Rolls at home with this easy recipe. They are addictive! 😀

Pizza Rolls

What’s better than homemade pizza? Homemade PIZZA ROLLS! 😀 These burger sized rolls are perfect as a party snack or as a teatime snack even! Eat it when you like it. These rolls are perfectly sized and are a treat to have around. These pizza rolls were downed by my family with much appreciation 🙂 I was so glad to see the plate empty before the night fell, always gives me a sense of satisfaction. They were also surprisingly easy to make, they sure do look like a lot of work but actually they aren’t. Takes time but not your energy! Easy Breezy! 🙂

Pizza rolls

I quite honestly thought these rolls were far more appealing to the eye than a pizza is. They make you look like a pro 😉 I mean don’t take me wrong, I love pizzas but wouldn’t you wanna capture that incomparable taste of your favorite pizza and apply it everywhere and make it look like you worked super hard on it? This is your chance, use this pizza roll recipe as a template and make it your own! Impress people and Do what you like with it. I’ve used my pizza sauce as the base, you can use pesto instead and in place of the mozzarella cheese, use whatever cheese you prefer. I’m boring when it comes to pizzas and like mine with mushrooms and bell peppers, you can use whatever you prefer or skip it altogether to make a cheesy roll with 3-4 varieties of cheese. Pepperoni is another popular choice when it comes to pizza rolls, so if you love pepperonis why not make your own pepperoni pizza rolls at home? 😀

The process is fairly easy and starts with my pizza dough as the base. The pizza dough is fairly easy to make and can be frozen for up to 2 months. If you happen to have pizza dough at hand, you can straight away start making the rolls. It is always a good idea to make pizza dough in bulk and then freeze them to be used later. This dough is so versatile that I have so far made not only my Veggie Pizza but even my Foccacia Bread with it. The recipe for the dough produces enough dough to make around 18-20 rolls. If you don’t fancy making so many at once you can simply half the recipe or even freeze half the dough (which is what I do almost all the time).

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Important: I’ve read a million versions of this pizza roll recipe, a lot of them without any pizza sauce as it becomes difficult to handle the log because of all the sogginess from the sauce. If you’re a beginner and do not want to be intimidated, I’d suggest you to steer clear of the sauce and straight away pile on the toppings and seasoning. You could chill the dough in refrigerator to reduce the mess but you cannot eliminate it,  so unless you know you way in the kitchen even a little bit do not use the sauce. You can use it for dipping which tastes great, by the way. Not trying to scare you!

Recipe: Pizza Rolls 

Pizza rolls

Ingredients:

Makes: 18-20 rolls

Prep time: 2 hours and 15 mins- 25 mins

Baking time: 20 minutes

For the Dough (enough for 18-20 rolls)

  • Good Quality Active Dry Yeast, 2 1/2 teaspoons
  • Lukewarm Water, 1 1/3 cup* (or 360 ml)
  • All Purpose Flour, 3 1/2 cups (or 440 grams)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons** and extra for brushing
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon for the dough + 1/2 teaspoon to activate yeast
  • Cornmeal for dipping the rolls, a handful

For the Toppings (for 18-20 rolls)

  • Pizza Sauce, 2/3 cup
  • Mozzarella Cheese, 1 cup
  • Bell Peppers, 2, sliced
  • Mushrooms, 2/3 cup, sliced length wise
  • Seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder)

Process:

Make the Dough:  (for visuals click here)

  1. Activate the yeast. To activate the yeast, add in the ½ teaspoon of sugar to the lukewarm water in a jar and mix until dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, sprinkle the yeast and mix until somewhat dissolved. At this point, cover the jar with plastic wrap or cling film tightly and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you will notice that the surface of the water will appear foamy and the yeast will be completely dissolved. If none of these happen, it is possible that you killed the yeast (water too hot) or the yeast didn’t wake up (water too cold). Read the post above to learn how to deal with yeast.
  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, salt and add in the olive oil and 1 tablespoon sugar and mix. Now add in the foamy yeast water and make it into a ball of dough.
  3. Toss this ball onto a floured surface and start kneading by hand (7-10 minutes) or mixer (7 minutes). I normally set a timer for 7-8 minutes; by that time my dough is normally smooth and springy. If it’s I knead until it is, which could take another couple of minutes. To learn about kneading dough, read the post above.
  4. Once the dough is nice and springy, lightly oil it and place it in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled too for about 1-2 hours until your dough doubles up in size. Mine usually take 1 hour 10 minutes but it is normal for the dough to take up to 2 hours depending upon the quality of your yeast.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it a few times to release air. Divide the dough into two balls and place them in separate bowls, lightly covered for 10 minutes. At this point you can freeze the balls to be used later. You can also freeze half of the dough to be used later. Freezing and thawing details are given at the end of the post.
  6. After the 10 minutes are up, the dough is ready to be used.

Assemble and Bake:

  1. Roll out each ball into a 9×12 inches rectangle and poke with your fingers throughout the dough and brush with olive oil. This is done to avoid any sogginess in the final rolls.Pizza rolls
  2. Brush the doughs with 1/3 cup pizza sauce each and top with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese each followed by 1/3 cup mushrooms and 1 bell pepper each.

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  1. Roll the dough into a tight log (as tight as you can) and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius (in an OTG for about 10 minutes)
  3. Pour cornmeal in a flat plate. Cut the log into 9-10 1-inch rolls. Dunk the bottom of the roll in cornmeal and line on a baking tray.Pizza rolls
  4. Bake at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes or until the sides start to become golden.Pizza rolls

Pizza rolls

Enjoy these pizza rolls hot. Consume immediately or refrigerate for upto 2 days.

Freezing : If you decide to save half of the dough to be enjoyed later, simply coat it with oil lightly and place it in a ziplock or airtight bag and freeze until required.

Thawing: When you’re ready to use the dough, Transfer the frozen dough ball bag from the freezer to the refrigerator and keep it there overnight or for 12 hours. When you’re ready to bake the pizza rolls, place the dough outside on the kitchen counter 30 minutes before baking or until it reaches room temp. Continue with “assemble and bake”. The dough balls freezes well for 2 months.

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This recipe has been adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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How to make pizza sauce at home?

Use this extremely easy sauce for pizzas and even pastas. Its super easy and doesn’t even take that long.

Ingredients:

Homemade pizza sauce

 

Makes: 1 cup sauce approx.

Olive oil, 2 tablespoonsTime: 20 minutes

  • Butter Optional
  • Garlic, 5-6 cloves, finely chopped
  • Red Onions, 2 large, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes, 4 large, pureed
  • Water, 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Sugar, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Homemade pizza sauceHeat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan along with the butter. Once the butter melts, add in the finely chopped garlic,fry for a minute and add in the onions. Fry these on low until the onions turn light brown.
  2. Once the onions have browned add in the pureed tomatoes and fry these
    on low until the sauce develops a deep red color, Add in the sugar, salt, pepper and water and give it a boil. Blend the sauce in a food processor to make it smoother and use as a base for pizzas. The key is to use the freshest and reddest of tomatoes.

 

 

 

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Homemade Classic Veggie Pizza

Learn how to make pizza at home step by step! This pizza recipe is fool proof and so easy, you won’t order Domino’s ever! 

Veggie Pizza at Home

I love pizzas and who doesn’t, they are one of man’s finest creations ! Trust me,  I love pizzas so much that I’m not even finicky about the quality, I devour anything and everything that closely resembles one. I’ve always been a regular at my neighborhood Domino’s and Pizza Hut but now that I’m growing older,  I’m getting wiser :p My food choices have started changing and I no longer enjoy eating food from food chains and would prefer to eat something made with quality ingredients at home or a nice restaurant. Of course its not feasible to eat at an expensive restaurant everyday, so I bring you high end restaurant quality Veggie Pizza!

Veggie Pizza at Home

Before you run away and switch tabs on your phone or computer, just read the recipe because its actually really easy. The dough is made of yeast which would frighten a lot of people but yeast isn’t actually that tricky. As long as you give it the perfect temperature of water and  a little sugar to munch on, it will happily wake up and magically make your bread rise. I’ve become a bread maniac after understanding this and I think I’ve finally got something to take my mind off cakes.

Veggie Pizza at Home

If you still think you can’t make pizza answer a few question- Do you have hands? Can you knead dough? Can you operate an oven without burning yourself and the food? Do you have a timer to help you in keeping tab of the time? If your answer is yes to all these questions then you can make pizza at home with ease, if its no.. you can still do it with a little attention to the recipe.

This pizza dough recipe is actually fool proof and you don’t need any fancy ingredients for it. All you need is White all purpose flour, salt, olive oil, salt, sugar, warm water and the main ingredient- YEAST! Get a high quality yeast to avoid disappointment later when your dough won’t rise or when your pizza won’t be fluffy! I use Blue Bird Active dry yeast, which by far is the best one I’ve used and works perfectly every time.

Veggie Pizza at Home

Once the dough is done, the best part begins. Dressing up your pizza ! You can go crazy with the toppings. I did a classic veggie pizza with capsicum, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. You can choose from a range of toppings from all cheese to chicken to pepperoni. I also made the pizza sauce at home, you can make it too or just get one from the market if you aren’t feeling as enthusiastic as me! The sauce is pretty basic with tomatoes, onions, garlic and seasoning! It doesn’t even take a long, only 20 minutes and you can make it while your dough is resting. But if you’re pressed for time or are just plain lazy, buy a ready made one and use it. There is however no substitute for my homemade sauce, it is FABULOUS and makes all the difference to the pizza!

RECIPE: VEGGIE PIZZA AT HOME

Veggie Pizza at Home

Ingredients:

Makes: two 12 inch thin crust pizzas

Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Baking Time: 20-30 minutes (depending upon your oven)

For the dough:

  • Active Dry Yeast, 2 1/2 teaspoon
  • Lukewarm Water, 1 1/3 cup* (or 360 ml)
  • All Purpose Flour, 3 1/2 cups (or 440 grams)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons** and extra for brushing
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon for the dough + 1/2 teaspoon to activate yeast
  • Cornmeal for dusting (optional, You can use normal flour instead)

For the toppings:

  • Pizza sauce, 3/4 cup or as needed
  • Onions, mushrooms, tomatoes (deseeded) and capsicum, chopped, 1 1/2- 2 cups all together
  • Mozzarella Cheese, 1/2 cup or as much as you like

*Make sure the water is lukewarm and not hot. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast, if its not too warn the yeast won’t wake up. It has to be just right. To make sure the water is the perfect temperature, warm it up and stick your finger in it. If you can keep your finger in the water comfortably then go ahead and add the yeast but if it feels hot to touch and you can’t hold your finger in the water for more than a few seconds, wait until it cools down a bit.

**If you’re out of olive oil, you can use vegetable oil instead.

Process:

To Make the Dough:

  • The first step in making the dough is proofing the yeast. If you’re using instant yeast you can skip this step. Pour the lukewarm water in a jar and add in 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, mix until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, sprinkle yeast over it and stir vigorously until the yeast is somewhat dissolved. Cover the jar tightly with plastic wrap for 10 minutes and keep aside. After 10 minutes you will notice that the surface of the water will be foamy, this means the yeast is active and ready to be used. Veggie pizza at home
  • In a bowl, add in the flour, salt, olive oil, 1 tablespoon sugar and mix. Slowly add in the yeast water until you form a ball of dough. Toss the dough out on a floured surface and knead for 7-8 minutes or until the dough is springy to touch, meaning if you poke the dough it springs back slowly. If it doesn’t spring back, knead it until it does.
  • Lightly coat the dough with oil and place it in a large bowl lightly coated with oil too. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for 1-2 hours or  until the dough doubles in size. This time can vary depending upon the quality of the yeast used, mine took around 1 hour 20 minutes. If you can’t find a warm place to keep it in then simply preheat your oven to 200 degrees and keep the bowl in it until the dough doubles in size.

To Assemble the Pizza:

Preheat oven at 200 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it to release air. This is the part I wait for whenever I’m making yeasty dough.
  • Veggie pizza at homeDivide the dough into two balls and place them in separate bowls, lightly covered for 10 minutes. At this point you can freeze the balls to be used later. Freezing and thawing details are given at the end of the post.
  • After the 10 minutes are up, the dough is ready to be used.  Sprinkle cornmeal on a kitchen surface and Simply flatten the ball out with a rolling pin until about 10-12 inches in diameter. If you prefer thicker pizzas, keep the diameter to 8 inches. Once the dough is rolled out to your liking, pinch the sides to give it that lift. Brush a little olive oil all over the surface and poke the dough using your fingers to prevent bubbling and let it rest for 15 minutes before you apply the toppings.Veggie pizza at homeVeggie pizza at home
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on a baking tray and transfer the base to it. Once transferred, apply the pizza sauce and mount the flattened dough with vegetables and cheese.

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  • Bake at a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (or until the base has browned to your liking. If the edges don’t brown, you can baking an additional 5 minutes with only the top grill on.
  • Transfer pizza to serving plate and serve hot!

Veggie Pizza at Home

Freezing : If you decide to save half of the dough to be enjoyed later, simply coat it with oil lightly and place it in a ziplock or airtight bag and freeze until required.

Thawing: When you’re ready to use the dough, Transfer the frozen dough ball bag from the freezer to the refrigerator and keep it there overnight or for 12 hours. When you’re ready to bake the pizza, place the dough outside on the kitchen counter 30 minutes before baking or until it reaches room temp. Continue with “To assemble the pizza”. The dough balls freezes well for 3 months.

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