Pizza time

Who doesn’t like pizza? I can’t see any hands up in the room!

Nothing beats the pizza from this lovely small italian place just around the corner, however the home made pizza is a close runner up! The crust may not be as thin and perfectly crispy (well, somehow I simply cannot fit the wood burning oven in my kitchen! ) but at least I get have the toppings totally my way.

This was my first attempt to make home pizza and definitely not the last! It may not be the prettiest pizza I have seen but it does taste dam good! And I will practice, practice and practice some more to get thinner crust and get a little more crazy with the toppings.

I have used this recipe and it turned out just perfect for two small size pizzas – if you are planning a bigger feast, you may want to increase be ingredients. And speaking of the ingredients – get crazy, put all you’ve always wanted to try on a pizza – you’re the chef now!

Classic Pizza Capriciosa

  • 2 cups of plain or strong flour
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 7g sachet of dried yeast
  • pinch of sugar

Tomato sauce

  • 1 can of good quality tomatos
  • salt, fresh ground pepper
  • sugar
  • 2-3 clovers of garlic
  • 1 tsp of italian herbs (oregano, basil)

Capriciosa toppings

  • 5 mushrooms
  • several slices of your favourite ham
  • ball of mozarella
  • fresh basil

Garlic sauce

  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • oregano
  • salt
  • sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Prepare the dough: Mix flour, salt, olive and yeast and knead for 5-10minutes
  2. Shape in a bowl, place in a bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel
  3. Leave to prove for 90 minutes
  4. Prepare the sauces: Tomato sauce: mix tomatoes, crushed garlic and herbs. Season with sugar and salt to taste – you can use blender to have the sauce smooth. Garlic sauce: in a separate dish mix all the ingredients, season with salt and sugar to taste
  5. Dough: Preheat the oven to 250c degrees. When the dough has risen, hit it with your fist to release the excess air, knead for a while and divide into two
  6. Using rolling pin flatten both parts of the dough, diameter of ca 20cm each, use 2 tbsp sauce on each pizza
  7. Place the toppings – mushroom,s pieces of ham and mozzarella
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  9. Garnish with fresh basil and serve piping hot with he remaining tomato and garlic sauce.

pizza capricciosa

2 thoughts on “Pizza time

    • Thanks Hema for your advice! I will definitely try your recipe out later this week, that creamy paneer looks too gorgeous not to!!

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