Wednesday, 17 December 2014

How to make pizza from scratch (with or without an oven)

Pizza is fast becoming a rave here in Nigeria with pizza shops opening up here and there. Although it  doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth every penny. Well, you don't have to break the bank to enjoy this tasty snack at home. On first thought, i wanted to make this post about pepperoni pizza but on getting to the supermarket where pepperoni sausages are sold i noticed they had run out of pepperoni so i went for the next available option known as chicken franks. Don't get me wrong, these are not the only available options to use as topping for you pizza. You can infact use lightly cooked minced meat, chicken,Chopped onions, Green peppers, any Sausage, Bacon, Olives, Ham, sweet corn, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Basil, Barbecue chicken or Just plain cheese i.e Mozzarella , parmesan, goat cheese, cheddar or a combination). Weird, but the pizza made with just plain cheese is actually my favorite and it goes by the name Magarita. Once you're done making your pizza dough as shown in the previous post, making pizza from scratch gets pretty easy. 

Ingredients:::
• Green pepper
• Sweet corn
• Corn meal

Directions:::
Step 1: For this pizza, i used tomapep puree which is a mixture of tomato, red scotch bonnet pepper "ata rodo", garlic and onion. Once pureed into a fine paste, it was boiled till all the liquid evaporated, seasoned with salt and fried with vegetable Oil. 

Step 2: Chop the sausages and green pepper into thin slices and set aside


Step 3: Flour the smooth working surface with cornflour and flatten the dough with your hand till you get a thin disc. Place the disc on a baking sheet or pan

Step 4: Cover the top of the flattened dough with the tomato paste, sausage, sweet corn, green pepper and cheese. If you are using soft cheese, make sure you break the cheese into smaller pieces to enable it melt easily. if you're using hard cheese, use a grater. 

Step 5: Bake in a preheated oven at about 550°F or Higher for about 10-15 minutes till the Crust is browned and the cheese melts on top. When using a pot or oven, make sure it's very hot before putting in your pizza to bake.

Slice and serve.

 #Readerspotlight: Homemade Pizza by kiganzi nyakato, a DS reader from Uganda. She made use of the pot baking method here....Looks really Yummy! ;)

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38 comments:

  1. Will try this out.
    thanks Dob!

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    1. you're welcome jennifer.

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  2. This is great!
    please do you have a phone number I could reach you by?

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    1. Hello Pasdo, you could e-mail me at dobbyssignature@gmail.com

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  3. Sweet December, sweet recipe.

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  4. Will try dis really soon.

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    1. do keep us posed anthonia

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  5. Thanks Dobby. Will definitely try this out.

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    1. you're welcome fairest mum. Do let us know how it turns out

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  6. Anonymous3:00 am

    hey dobby,im a student and i have to prepare for waec catering practicals.where can i get the mozarella cheese? also,can i make pot roast using the pot method and it llstill com out perfect?

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    1. You can get mozerella cheese in any large supermarket. Yes you can use the pot method for pot roast but if that's the meal you want to make for your practical, i'd advise you pick a different meal. Preparing pot roast takes a very long time and as a former invigilator, time is a luxury you can't afford in waec food & nutrition examination.

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    2. If you don't get the mozzarella cheese, you can try making cheese yourself. The last time I made pizza, I made my cheese myself. All you need do is mix some powdered milk in water and boil then pour some youghurt in the boiling milk. Add some lemon to it and boil for 15 - 20 mins. NB: the lemon aids coagulation. Then remove from heat and let it cool. Seive to remove water and retrieve cheese!

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  7. Nice post dobby! Getting mozerella cheese where I stay is a problem. Would have tried dis out.

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    1. you're welcome tokoni

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    2. You can try making your own cheese, it's quite easy.

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  8. Anonymous5:41 pm

    If you have heavy duty flat pot lid with no middle handle you can use that as well to bake in oven pizza slides out easier on a flat surface especially useful for newbie pizza makers who may not have a pizza tray

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    1. This is a great idea Anon...thanks.

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  9. Beautiful! Thanks dobby,this is recipe one for festive week,thank you so much!

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    1. you're welcome Oyin, do reserve my share ;)

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  10. That's really nice..
    Will try but don't know if mine will taste better than my favorite pizza shop, Debonairs.

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    1. it's always worth the try angie :)

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  11. Anonymous12:38 pm

    pls dobby,i cant get cheese where i stay. can i use wara instead. thanks

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    1. lol! wara is cheese.

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  12. This looks nice and yummy,great work dobby 😘

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    1. Thank you cynthia :)

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  13. I Just Love The Pictures tho...I'm definitely going to try mine at home.

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    1. Do keep us posted k.

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  14. Can I use baking pan(d type used to bake cake)to make pizza?

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    1. yes you can but you'd need something that is not too deep or if you've got an old pot cover, that'd work beautifully as a pizza tray. Just dust the tray with corn flour.

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  15. Can I use baking pan(d type used to bake cake)to make pizza?

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  16. Hello dobby,I went through ur website to learn how to make a pizza,its quit very clear. My question is this,pls can cake it with my normal cake baking pan and oven baking tray? And pls do I need to grease the pan or tray. Thank you

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    1. yes you can use an oven tray to make it or if you've got an old pot cover, that'd work beautifully as a pizza tray. Just dust the tray with corn flour.

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  17. Anonymous10:31 am

    When you say 3 cups ( what kind of cup) do you mean?

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  18. Anonymous10:32 am

    When you say 3 cups (what kind of cup do you mean?) And must corn flour be used.

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    1. The standard measuring cup. Corn flour isn't compulsary but necessary.

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  19. Wow. Thanks dobby would try it

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    1. Do let us know how it goes k.

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