Well, I’ve been baking pizza since quite a long time. But, recently I noticed that even though I click pictures of almost everything I cook and bake, I haven’t had clicked the most recurring item and one of the all time favorites of my kids yet. Each time I wish I had the margin to grab my camera and click few images of pizza I fresh baked at home. But it never happened until now…As it comes out of the oven, the delicious aroma seeping through attracts everyone to create some sort of cute chaos in the kitchen! It’s rather flattering to see their excitement, of course!
I had my share of failures as well. It wasn’t any easy to get a good grip on the intricacies of preparing pizza dough. Progression from hard dough to smooth to touch airy and well textured dough was rather rewarding.
Well, that doesn’t mean I’m a pro or even act like one….am still a curious child. I still peak through the rising dough every now and then. The puffy edges, the bubbling and the crispy random cheese at the sides and the finished look as they appear sort of burnt all over still amazes me…Anyways, this time though, folks were pre-occupied and were indulged in their respective activities, and that gave me enough time to do my job! They got the pizza, I got the photos, and my blog got the fodder!Well, to begin with, I decided to bake my household favorite – meat lovers pizza. Don’t sweat yet, there aren’t many meats in my pizza. I just wrote the way I say it to my boys. I’ve used only bacon and combination of cheese such as; Mozzarella, Cheddar and Monterey Jack. I’m glad that I can at least skip few of those expensive trips to the pizzerias and mimic the same at my home 🙂
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp semolina
Salt to taste
Mix the yeast and sugar in a cup of warm water. The temperature of the water should be neither lukewarm nor very warm. Rather it should stay in between. Leave the mixture aside until it’s frothy and increases the volume. If in case, the rising doesn’t happen, start over the process again using good active yeast.
In a large bowl, combine together the flour and salt. Sprinkle oil over. Add the yeast mixture and start the action. Knead well – extremely well till you get a smooth and nice stretchy dough. Transfer the dough to a large and lightly oiled bowl. Cover it. Allow the dough to rest in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The idea is to allow the dough rise and double the size. Once it’s doubled, punch the air out and from this point on, the dough is ready and it’s all yours to roll and rock!