Homemade pizza from scratch with loads of mozzarella

Hello from a cooler Bangalore, we are slowly progressing towards winter season(my second favorite season after rain and before summer, summers in India are not pretty). In our recent trip to Coonoor I bought some locally made cheese from Gray’s Hill, which are made from 100% vegetarian sources(as per the description on the package)!  Gray’s Hill cheese are free from preservative hence the shelf life of soft cheese is relatively less. I had to use mozzarella asap and thought what better way apart from a pizza. I’ve had a lot of pizza but baked only a few (very few) and never made the crust myself (10 Rs per crust in Reliance fresh guys).

pizza crust

Most of the recipes on internet for pizza crust are all of very awkward proportions; 3 1/4 cups flour, 2+1tbsp flour etc. Hence my recipe is not from any particular source but i worked it out myself reading different suggestion for flour, water and yeast proportions. For the toppings the mozzarella had to be hero of the pizza so only tomatoes and garlic.

Ingredients:

Pizza crust

  1. Flour – 2 cups
  2. Water – 3/4 cups warm
  3. Active dry yeast – 1 tsp
  4. Salt – 1 tsp

Toppings

  1. Red tomato sauce – 1 cup
  2. Mozzarella cheese – 1 1/2 cups (grated)
  3. Tomatoes – 1, finely sliced
  4. Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  5. Oregano – 2 tsp (dried herbs)
  6. Red pepper flakes – 2 tsp

Method:

Crust first

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water until fully mixed, rest it for 2-3 minutes
  2. In a mixing blow, mix flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour yeast and water mixture, mix with hand
  3. Mix flour and add remaining 1/4 cup of water  gradually to form a dough (you may not require full water, stop adding water when dough is smooth)
  4. Knead dough until smooth and there are no lumps
  5. Let it rest for 2 hours (the volume will double as yeast ferments)

Baking

  1. Preheat oven at 220 degrees Celsius
  2. After 2 hours the flour would have fermented, knead it slightly again (to remove access air)
  3. Divide in two part and make balls to roll the crust
  4. Roll crust on floured surface into any shape and the thickness you want (mine came around 8-9 inches in diameter)
  5. Prick the rolled crust using a fork, leave sides without pricks
  6. Spread little olive oil onto the crust using fingers(or if you have brush you can brush the oil)
  7. Spread 2-3 tbsp tomato sauce(recipe is in my lasagna post, linked in ingredients)
  8. Spread 3/4 cups grated mozzarella, leaving 1/2 inch on sides (as cheese will melt and spread)
  9. Add sliced tomatoes on top
  10. Lastly sprinkle some chilli flakes, oregano and little salt
  11. Bake for 15-16 minutes in preheated oven at 220 degree Celsius or until the crust starts to become light golden brown
  12. Slice and eat hot, melting and dripping cheese
  13. Repeat the same steps for another dough ball

pizza-02

Guys making crust at home is simple and cheap and fresh, try it. What is your perfect pizza crust recipe?

Ciao!

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