Quarantine has really made me look for alternates to all the food I’d usually order in. I have been cooking for a few years now and am a pretty decent cook but there are a few things like pizza, cheesecake, breads that I haven’t tried my hand at. Recently, my flatmate and I were craving pizza a lot after not having had it for over two months. Since we were both going to travel in a few days, we decided to not take a chance with ordering in and decided to try our hand at making a pizza at home.
Despite how convenient online shopping is we couldn’t find any store that would deliver less than 1 Kg of yeast (we couldn’t justify ordering so much for our last week in the house, I moved cities a few days back). Luckily, I came across this really easy recipe for pizza which doesn’t require yeast and can be made on the stove top. I have been following Bigger Bolder Baking for some time on Youtube and Gemma’s recipes are a blessing for a quick , easy meal. I especially love her mug recipes, do check them out on her blog.
One hot, Mumbai afternoon – I decided to surprise my flatmate with home made pizza. Ideally I’d have liked to make the pizza sauce from scratch too but our kitchen would get extremely hot during the day, so all my cooking used to be done quickly. I skipped on making the pizza sauce and went ahead with using tomato ketchup mixed with herbs and spices. The recipe for the pizza dough is fairly simple and requires only flour, water, oil, salt & baking powder. Yes, baking powder is what will replace yeast as a rising agent in this pizza recipe.
- 2 1/2cups(12 1/2oz/355g) all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (7oz/187g) water, roughly
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 minute pizza sauce/ Ketchup/Store bought pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese , grated
- fresh oregano, or fresh herbs of your choice, for garnish
- Chilly flakes
- Toppings of your choice
How to Prepare the Pizza Dough in the oven:
How to Prepare the Pizza Dough on the stove top:
I followed the recipe for the stove top pizza very sceptically not expecting it to amount to much. To my surprise the base turned out really well and the overall pizza also turned out to be really tasty. It took around 25-30 minutes to make and I was famished by the time I was done, so I didn’t take too many blog worthy photos. But here is how my pizza looked finally:
I promise it tasted far better than it is looking in the photo. I didn’t have a pizza cuter handy, hence the funny pizza slices. I also overloaded it with cheese which is why you can’t see the side crust (something I usually don’t like in pizzas). If you’re locked up at home and want to try something new and easy, definitely give this recipe a try.