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Feb 28, 2010

How to make Pizza dough / base!!

The last time when I made pizza from scratch, it consumed a whole lot of my time. I started around 9 in the morning, and by the time it was ready it was almost 2 in the afternoon. It is not a tedious tiring process,infact doesnt take more than 30 minutes for the dough preperation , but the whole process of leavening and proofing takes up the time.
So this time, I actually made the pizza base the previous day itself. The next day, I just had to work on the toppings. Of course, it will be really nice if you make on the same day, top them with cheese and ingredients of your choice and bake them together. You could even make the dough in advance and use it when you make the pizza. So its your choice how you plan to do it.
The whole recipe and the method of preperation is slightly different from the previous one. Unlike last time when I grilled the base, this time I decided to bake it. I have used only maida , though a little unhealthy , its ok to have a authentic one instead of a substitute atleast sometime!!!! But if you are really too conscious about what you eat, you can refer to the previous recipe where I have used wheat flour. And as promised in my last post, I am posting a different version of pizza making. And am sure to post some more in my future posts. So I hope you look forward to my next post for the actual pizza!!
pizza baseIngredients-
Maida/AP flour- 2 1/2 to 3 cups
Warm water- 3/4 to 1 cup(98F to 115F)
Active yeast- 1tbsp
Salt- 2tsp
Sugar-2tsp
Oil(preferably olive oil)- 1tsp

pizza baseMethod-
Pour the water in a large bowl. Add the yeast cells to it. Leave it for 10 minutes till it froths/bubbles up. Add the sugar.
Now add the flour along with salt and mix well to form a soft pliable dough. Coat the dough with the oil and place in a bowl . Wrap the bowl with a cling/plastic wrap. Leave this for 2 to 2 1/2 hours in a warm place.
The dough will doubles in volume. Now punch the dough. Place the dough on floured surface and knead well for 4 to 5 mintes. Now the dough should smooth and non sticky.
Make around 6 to 7 balls with the dough. Roll them into a uniformed surfaced circle( thickness similar to a paratha).Using a fork, poke on the circle for the steam to escape( when you bake). Leave this for around 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180c. When the dough rises a bit, bake them at 180c for around 10 minutes.
pizza base

33 comments:

DEESHA said...

i know how time consuming this is .. thanks for the recipe

Rachana Kothari said...

Nothing better than a homemade pizza base!!! Perfect!

Priya said...

Very useful for many of us..worth to try..thanks for sharing Sowmya!

kamala said...

I never tried this your post tempting me to try.

Happy Cook said...

Woow youmade a lot. Should make once as everybody here loves a good homemade pizza

PriyaRaj said...

Wow very nice Sowmya....i think u have romba porumai....

simply.food said...

Nothing beats home made pizza dough.Nice easy recipe.

Vrinda said...

Nice post.thanx for sharing dear

Latha said...

it is indeed a very useful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Preeti Kashyap said...

they have come out so soft and nice!

Subhashini said...

Pizza has become very common in almost all house and that do kida are mad.Thanks for sharing this.So we can atleast make at home and offer our kids.
Love
Subhashini

Usha said...

Home made pizza is the best kind! Looks fantastic !

Siddhi S said...

ya it is tym consuming...ur bases r turned out well...fluffy n soft

LG said...

uff..gal you have tons of patience to make them! I better go and buy a pack from cold storage stores :D These days I am soo very lazy!

Uma said...

wow, that's good Sowmya!

Priya Narasimhan said...

pizza base has come out so well....sep the last photo looks like the base has directly come from a store. :-)

Suparna said...

OMG!!! I dont think I'd get the patience to make this at home :) hats off to u dear :)gorgeous pizza bases.
TC

Suparna said...

OMG!!! I dont think I'd get the patience to make this at home :) hats off to u dear :)gorgeous pizza bases.
TC

Parita said...

Pizza base has come out fantastic!

jayasree said...

Pizza base looks perfect.

A Homemakers Diary said...

nothing matches the taste of a homemade [izza base. looks perfect. thanks for sharing

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I was looking for this,thank you somuch for posting! I am going to try this out !

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
First time here. Love the way the Pizza base has turned out. Surely a keeper-recipe! Great space dear. Love it!

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks perfect dear

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

A very useful recipe..thanks for sharing:)

Spice said...

This is nice one as I never make the base beforehand.... should try it out sometime. I usually make the dough in the afternoon so it can be baked by the dinner time...

Laavanya said...

They look so fluffy and cute.. must make meal times easy if you have these on hand..

Cham said...

Looks perfect and wonderful!

Trupti said...

dough looks perfect Sowmya. I tried 3-4 times but my dough didn't come out well :(

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

DEfinitely the time consumed is abandant during winter times... nice post gal, good one for starters!!!

Sashi said...

Nice post, it's gonna be useful , am bookmarking it.

Pari said...

Sorry for my delayed comments dear, off late not keeping too well and my eyes start hurting if I read a lot, but today I have decided to read Max possible and make it up..
Great post and worth all the efforts. Nothing to beat hommmade base.

gigabiting said...

I have tried your recipes before with great success. But here in the states, the equivalent (almost) of maida flour is cake flour- very finely milled and low in gluten. I am afraid it won't have sufficient starch for pizza dough.
Any advice?

Janice
www.gigabiting.com

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