Feta, Sundried Tomato and Olive Pizza
May 16, 2011 § 4 Comments
Saturday saw my second pizza baking attempt. Saturday also saw my first successful attempt :) I used this recipe from allrecipes.com to make the base:
Amazing Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
- Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
- Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top
The recipe says that it makes one or two pizza bases. I rolled out four decent sized pizzas. I didn’t manage to roll and stretch the pizzas into neat circles. I was more focussed on making sure that the bases were of equal thickness. I’m glad I was more concerned with stretching and rolling them thin, because the bases were excellent.
For the pizza sauce, I mixed equal quantities of store-bought pesto and tomato paste. I applied a thin layer on each pizza. I then topped the pizzas with mozzarella cheese before the real toppings. I chopped up a few tablespoons of de-pitted olives, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese for the toppings.
It was really delicious. I froze the other three unbaked, so I will just pop them into the oven when I’m running late with dinner sometime soon. I am looking so forward to it!