Sunday, 19 July 2015

MY PIZZA TRIAL


The Pizza

Hi, welcome to MY PUBLIC DIARY. This post is going to be about my pizza trial. This was what I made on EID day.

So, I originally wanted to get a cake for Sallah or better still try baking one myself but another inspiration came (in the form of pizza). Yes, I was really freaked out about making my own pizza and I just couldn’t wait for the day of EID to arrive. That’s by the way, let’s get down to business.

You need;

·       Flour                 

·       Yeast

·       Olive oil (I used vegetable oil)

·       Boiled Sausages

·       Cheese

·       Sliced tomatoes

·       Pizza Sauce

·       Onions

·       Caramelized onions

·       Tomato Paste

Cheese

             I made cheese myself; I checked a couple of supermarkets for cheese but nay, out of stock. I went to some make shift stores too and I got the same old news. Then I decided to get our local cheese (wara) from the Hausa/Fulani people and it seemed they were on some kind of vacation, the only Fulani I saw had the fried wara, which I didn’t need. That was when I decided to make my own cheese; I remembered seeing the making of cheese on NTA some years ago, with Patience Ozonkwo anchoring the show. Cow milk was used in that show; I could still picture the women extracting milk from some cows’ breasts. In the absence of cow milk, I used yoghurt and milk for my cheese. You can add lemon to it for flavour but I made my cheese without lemon. To make cheese, all you need do is boil your milk and add the yoghurt afterwards. The solution will begin to coagulate after a while. When you are satisfied with the coagulation, bring the suspension to cool. After cooling, strain (i.e. separate the solid from liquid, using a piece of cloth) to extract your cheese.
This is what the cheese looked like

Pizza Sauce

             Blend tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil and water until you obtain a smooth puree. Simmer the puree until it thickens. Add sugar for a more tasty sauce.

Caramelized Onions

Slice your onions and fry in little oil until the onion becomes light brown, make sure you keep stirring to avoid burning. You could add little sugar to aid the process.

Dough

Pour little warm water in your mixing bowl (about 40cl of water, you shouldn’t add much water unless you are making pizza for a congregation) and add yeast to it (as that was my first time making my own dough, I kept much water which meant the production of excess dough). Wait for few minutes till the yeast dissolves in the water; it becomes bubbly when it dissolves. Then add your flour and a little quantity of olive oil. Mix to obtain your dough. Add more flour if the dough still appears wet. My dough was still looking wet and I had run out of flour, what to do? There I was, 6:52 in the morning, in dire need of flour. If only I had semolina or semovita I would have added some to thicken it but I didn’t have and it was still too early to get a place to buy. I sat looking confused and it was then I remembered my culinary friend, such a life saver. I got some flour from her which I added to thicken my dough. Form the dough into a ball and leave for 2-3 hours to rise.
Here is the dough.
 

PIZZA

Preheat your oven to 220-240oc while you form the crust. Roll part of your dough into a circular shape and stretch it out. You could form it into a pizza shape, spread olive oil over the crust then the pizza sauce, and all other toppings; sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions (you might include mozzarella, mushroom etc.), finish it up by sprinkling cheese on it.  Coat your baking sheet with olive oil, place the crust on it and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
The Crust with toppings
 

I made three pizzas repeating the same procedure for each one of them. Might I add that I ate the first immediately I brought it out of the oven, yeah that’s what I did. Did the pizzas come out nice? Were the pizzas sumptuous? A friend came to visit and I told her I will bring her some if it comes out nice and few hours later I took some to her.
The Pizza

 

DO YOU KNOW?

·       Tomatoes are often considered as vegetables but they are citrus fruits.

·       Tomatoes are a rich source of potassium and vitamins


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4 comments:

  1. Love love what u r doing, Khajol!!! Keep it up!!
    Hmm....where's my own pizza?

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    1. Thanks Foluso love, yours is on its way.
      By the way I love your BUKA stew, I will definitely try it soon.

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  2. This is wow! Thumb up...#foodaddict#Africafoodblogger# keep it up

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    1. Thanks Jelilat. Better recipes coming soon, stay tuned.

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