Ready in a jiffy…

by Sunita on August 18, 2008

It has definitely cooled down in our neck of the woods. Even when the sun is shining, the rays don’t strike you as harsh. With the rains coming on and off, temperatures have not had that much of a chance to soar, for quite a while, now.

The kids holidays are on in full swing. We haven’t been running around like crazy…just letting things be , taking each day as it comes, being lazy at times…just enjoying the feeling of being together. Only a couple of weeks to go before returning to the bustling routine…better make the most of it.

Talking of the kids, Rengoni and Agastya have been reminding me about the pizza that I had promised to make for them, for quite a couple of days. They had been on their best behaviour for quite a while … been also helping in clearing out ‘a lot’ of their clutter. I was actually amazed that they managed to let go of so many of their things as ”too babyish”. Hmmm, they must be really growing up!

Last Friday, I wanted to surprise them with the promised pizza for lunch. But, clearing out their clutter did take an awful lot of time, and by the time we were done, it was late morning…and I had not readied the dough. I felt bad…looked around and grabbed the jar of baking powder for a quicker solution than the yeasty one for the base. And I was so very pleased that I did so… a delightful crust was ready in a a jiffy. And, after a short while, the pizza was made and devoured.

What’s needed-

For the crust-

1C wholegrain spelt flour or wholemeal flour
1 and 1/2 C plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 level tblsp baking powder
3 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 and 1/4 C water (a little more if using wholemeal flour)

For the topping-

1/2 C of tomato puree
1 carrot, finely chopped
small red onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3-4 close capped mushrooms, sliced
1 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 C sweetcorn
1 tblsp of dried oregano
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
100 gms of cheddar cheese, grated

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 230 deg C and line a baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, salt and oregano. Rub in the oil.
  3. Pour the water and knead quickly( a little longer if using wholemeal flour) into a soft dough. If it is very sticky, add a little more flour, but not too much…the dough must be soft.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured board, into a circle of 11 inches in diameter. Transfer the rolled out dough to the lined baking tray and poke lightly over the surface with a fork. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and keep aside.
  5. While the crust bakes, prepare the topping. Heat the oil and add the carrots, sweetcorn, onion and garlic, and fry for a minute. Add the mushrooms and oregano and cook for another couple of minutes, till the mushrooms soften slightly. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and remove from heat. Cool slightly.
  6. Spread the tomato puree over the base of the crust, leaving a border of about 1 inch, and follow with the cooked topping, taking care to avoid adding the juices. Sprinkle the cheese and follow with a little more ground pepper.
  7. Return the tray to the centre of the pre heated oven (230 deg C) and bake till the cheese melts and is golden…approximately 8-10 minutes.

Now what? Cut into wedges and serve hot, especially to two hungry kids and their mom (leave a couple of slices for the dad to taste) and watch their faces light up :-)

The pizza was wonderful…the soft crust made me, in fact all of us, very happy indeed. I served the pizza along with glasses of mango and saffron milk for a delightful lunch…

and was greeted by four, little, raised thumbs.

Sonny boy, holding it up for a closer inspection!
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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nirmala August 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

Wow a mouthwatering pizza! Rengoni and Agastya were really lucky kids to have a wonderful mom and in turn u too were lucky for having two shning stars at home! Using baking powder should be a good tip! Enjoy the holidays!

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2 arundati August 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

that’s fabulous!! the close view is mouthwatering

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3 Tom Aarons August 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

Congratulations on the birthday and the deliciously easy pizza!

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4 Lore August 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

OMG!!! I am mesmerized and my mouth is watering

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5 kittie August 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Wow – spelt pizza? That’s amazing.

And your photographs make me hungry…

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6 Aparna Inguva August 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Mouthwatering Sunitha.. I want me one now!

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7 Rachel August 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

you have me craving for that slice right about now,

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8 Arundathi August 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

that looks amazing!! just finished dinner and am hungry again!

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9 A_and_N August 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

God, I want pizza NOW!

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10 karuna August 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm

pizza looks yummy. i make them at home too. nice crust recipe

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11 Divya Vikram August 18, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Quick pizza looks gorgeous Sunita..

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12 sunita August 18, 2008 at 6:29 pm

nirmala,
Thank you so much dear :-)

arundati,
thanks :-)

tom,
yes, it;s a very easy one :-)

lore,
awww, wish I could give you some :-D

kitie,
thanks..the crust was quite nice, actually :-)

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13 sunita August 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm

aparna,
thanks…you’ll have to make it, i’m afraid…but then, it won’t take that much time :-)

rachel,
thanks :-)

arundathi,
thanks…wish I could give you some :-)

a_and_n,
Thanks…make the,m, NOW :-P

karuna,
thanks…yes home made pizzas are the best :-)

divya,
thanks :-)

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14 Lisa August 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Stunning photos! I now have a craving for pizza!

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15 Alexa August 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Your pizza recipe looks and sounds delicious. I love all the veggies on the topping.

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16 Richa August 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm

wow! that pizza looks so glam :)

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17 Meeta August 19, 2008 at 6:39 am

Although I prefer the thin crusted pizza – I am sure this was a delicious tasting pizee. It sure looks great!

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18 Madhu August 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

This pizza is so tempting..The crust looks so soft..Im gonna try this!

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19 Grace August 19, 2008 at 8:20 am

i love corn on my pizza, but i always get weird looks from my family and friends when i request it. glad to know i’m not the only one who likes it. :)

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20 sunita August 19, 2008 at 8:35 am

lisa,
thanks :-)

alexa,
thanks…I do ad a lot of vegies to our pizzas :-)

richa,
thanks :-)

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21 sunita August 19, 2008 at 8:39 am

meeta,
Thanks…and you know what, i love the thin crusted ones too; but, somehow or the other, whenever i make them, I end up making the thicker ones :-O

madhu,
Thanks…do give it a try :-)

grace,
the kids are crazy about corn…they would probably have it with anything…and me and my hubby are not too bad either…join the gang :-D

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22 Rosa's Yummy Yums August 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

That Quick Pizza looks extremely scrumptious and really beautiful! I also sometimes make mine with baking powder…

Cheers,

Rosa

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23 Kitchen Flavours August 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

I too want pizza. Pizza pic is making me hungry. Mango with saffron wow.

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24 Nidhi August 19, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Hey your Pizza looks good! Nice idea to replace the yeast with Baking Soda for a quick fix.

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25 Cynthia August 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Think Spice turns one already?! I cannot believe how quickly time is going by.

I wish things would cool down here… it’s scorching hot here, all the grass is the colour of hay.

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26 farida August 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Great looking pizza. Interesting to see baking powder instead of yeast. Didn’t it make the crust sort of dense? Just curious:) I find the idea pretty interesting.

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27 mimi August 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm

wow oh wow! this just looks gorgeous. love the photo of the whole pie, i could prolly eat the whole thing myself!

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28 sunita August 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm

rosa,
Thanks…and isn’t it nice to whip up some pizza in minutes :-)

kitchen flavours,
Thanks….wish i could hand you some :-)

nidhi,
Thanks…and not too bad at att :-)

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29 sunita August 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm

cynthia,
Thanks…and yes, it’s really cooling down in our neck of the woods.

farida,
Thanks…the crust wasc quite soft :-)

mimi,
Thanks…we did enjoy it indeed :-)

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30 Ramya August 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Wow….. Nice and Yummy! Was looking for such since very long time ago…. Thanks for the recipe, Sunita!

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31 Kevin August 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

This sounds good. I like the corn and cheese combo in the topping.

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32 Bharti August 30, 2008 at 4:40 am

That looks like a delightful lunch Sunita! I feel like a lot has been accomplished on the days when we clean out toys as well. I just feel ‘lighter’.

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33 Mrs Erg├╝l November 18, 2008 at 8:04 am

Wow! I like people like you who can shape their pizzas perfectly!

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