Servings : Serves 3-4
Making a perfect pizza is really easy…you can do it at home and have better results than most bought pizzas! Here’s how you can make one at home! 🙂
Ingredients for Dough
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 5 tbsp. oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast (use 2 tsp. for colder climates)
- 2 pinches of baking powder
- warm milk mixed with a bit of water for kneading
STEP 1: Prepare the pizza sauce
You can buy this ready-made, but I always prefer knowing what goes into my pizza sauce. Here is my recipe for a simple pizza sauce. Do not go overboard with the spices, you want this simple and naturally flavorful.
Blend 2-3 tomatoes, 1 capsicum, 1 green chilli, small onion and a grated carrot together until smooth. Heat a bit of oil in a pan, like a tbsp. or even less. Then add a bit of garlic paste, followed by 1 tbsp. tomato paste. Once that’s cooked for a couple mins, add the blended mixture and simmer. Add salt and a tsp. of sugar followed by a bit of tandoori masala or cumin powder or oregano or you can just leave it plain and unspiced according to your taste. Let it simmer until thick and all the water is gone. Then use accordingly! 🙂
Leftover sauce can work perfectly in burgers or sandwiches or even as a base-sauce for pasta
STEP 2: Get all your toppings ready. I’ve used shredded leftover tandoori baked chicken (recipe HERE) I’ve also used chunks of pineapple, some sweet corn, red & green capsicum/bell pepper and some sliced red onions.
You can use any topping of your choice. You can make it a meat pizza, veggie, combo…whatever you like. Just make sure your toppings are not soggy otherwise your pizza will be a sloppy mess.
STEP 3: Now prepare the dough. This pizza was a 12 inch one, and it is enough for 3 very hungry people or 4 if you have any sides like garlic bread, fries, salad…etc.
Mix all the dry ingredients and the oil, then slowly start adding the warm milk a little at a time. Get it to a soft dough, the softer the better, knead it very well for at least 8 minutes or more if possible.
Dab a touch of oil all over the dough, then cover it and place it somewhere warm. Leave it to rise to double its size, takes about 30 mins to an hour depending on the weather.
Once risen, punch it down, give it a quick knead and then roll it out to about 12 inches diameter and place on your greased pizza pan/tray. Again cover the tray with a light cloth/towel and let the base rest/rise slightly for about 15-20 mins
STEP 4: When you check on it after 20 mins, it will have slightly puffed up. Take a sharp knife and make tiny slits all over the base. This helps the pizza rise evenly during baking once the toppings are on it. Missing this step can leave your pizza bubbly in some parts and flat in others, not a pretty sight! 🙂
STEP 5: Once you’ve made the slits, apply a coating of your pizza sauce as evenly as you can.
STEP 6: Now grate some cheese, mozzarella preferably, and sprinkle a light layer all over. This helps ‘grip’ the toppings to the base later on.
STEP 7: Now add your toppings one at a time
Pic 1: Tandoori Chicken chunks
Pic 2: Sliced onions
Pic 3: Pineapple chunks
Pic 4: Red & Green Pepper
Pic 5: Sweet corn
Pic 6: Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese (make sure you use GOOD QUALITY cheeses for best results)
Make sure you don’t over-pile your pizza. Be generous but not overly so. Remember, the base has not been baked beforehand. Too much weight could restrict the base from rising well during baking. 🙂
STEP 8: I like to drizzle some ketchup over the cheese. It gives the pizza a magnificent color once baked. If you like, you can sprinkle some oregano on the pizza or chili powder if you like it extra spicy.
Once done, bake the pizza in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 20-25mins. Keep an eye on it and adjust the baking time according to your oven. It could take more or less time.
And you have your perfect home-made pizza, just like that! When you get the pizza out of the oven, give it some time to rest (about 5-10 mins) so that the cheese can settle and cool very slightly. Slice it up into 8 slices and serve with fries or a salad and garlic bread. Don’t forget a cold drink!
Thnx alotttttttt I luv ur
Thnx alotttttttt I luv ur recipes ,continue ur great job fauzia In shaa Allah!
Hi, How much flour do I need
Hi, How much flour do I need for making two 12inch thick crust pizza?
Hi. Double the recipe.
Hi. Double the recipe.
Hi….Fauzia i am die hearted
Hi….Fauzia i am die hearted fan of your’s recepies..i tried this and it was soooo yummy, i never knew i can be good at baking too but recepies are so perfect that anyone can cook 😉 .just one quick question..can i make this pizza with self rising flour? actually i am thinking of making it right now but i dont have all purpose flour.so will it turn out well with self rising flour too?
Hi, thank you! SR flour tends
Hi, thank you! SR flour tends to have a lot of baking powder and it might be a bit too much for this bread dough which relies on yeast. You could try although am not certain that the results will be as good as with all purpose flour.
Thank you.. My pizzas were so
Thank you.. My pizzas were so perfect.
Can i use egg instead of
Can i use egg instead of cheese
Yes you can. I have a niece
Yes you can. I have a niece who cannot take cheese, so I just beat an egg or two with a bit of salt and pepper and drizzle it over her pizza. It helps hold everything together, just like the cheese does. 🙂
How do I get the edge of the
How do I get the edge of the crust higher than the base?
Use a pan that has a bit of
Use a pan that has a bit of depth to it so you can raise the sides of the base as you shape it.
Can I half bake the crust before adding the toppings? Coz whenever i make pizza, the middle part doesn’t get cooked and thus the edges becomes over baked…. Can you figure out why?