Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Homemade Veggie Pizza

Ok...So i wasn't planning to put this recipe on the blog but when i started with the prep work for my very first attempt at homemade pizza from scratch, i thought why not?

Do i know anyone who doesn't love pizza? May be some of our moms and dads back in India hehehe.....but our generation and children are always up for it, be it a quick lunch at office, when out with friends or at the movies. Pizza has always been a hot favorite.


What i love most about pizza is that they are so versatile. You can absolutely go crazy with the toppings and yet create something delicious. Have any leftover chicken kebabs, panner tikka (cottage cheese), or veggies?? Put them as toppings for your pizza and create your very own version.

I made a simple veggie white pizza (known as pizza bianca in italian; its a pizza that contains no sauce).

I could have easily bought a premade pizza base (which is available in all possible sizes and flavors) but naahhhh....that wouldn't have been fun at all. I have lots of patience so i prepared my own pizza base. And ya one more thing i dont have a pizza stone sooooooo i made mine on a baking sheet. Sounds crazy? Nope not at all it worked perfectly. Its just that instead of round you will get a square...no a rectangular pizza....hahaha  :P

The recipe is nothing extra ordinary or out of this world but its worth a try since mine came out to be just as delicious as any take out pizza. I read, try and test a lot of recipes that are on blogs, websites and that is how i learn. So nope this is not my creation but the toppings were my idea :P

With this recipe you can make upto two 12inch x 8inch (i guess) pizza with a nice flat crispy base using a 15inch x 10 inch baking sheet. Sorry about the photos guys don't have all of them but posting few which i did happen to click.

Ingredients:

For the dough

3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (maida)
1 envelope of dry yeast (7g or 1/4 oz)
1 1/3 cups of warm water
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp of olive oil

For the toppings

2 cups of frozen cut broccoli, defrosted (you can also use fresh ones)
1 1/2 cups of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted (you can also use fresh ones)
2 cups of chopped button mushrooms
1 1/2 cups of chopped onion
1/2 cup of chopped jalepeno
2 cups of freshly grated mozzarella cheese
2 small cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of olive oil
Salt & pepper for seasoning
Oregano & Chili flakes for garnishing

1) In a bowl dissolve dry yeast with the warm water and set it aside for about 5- 10 mins. You will notice a frothy creamy layer forming on the top. That is what we are looking for. Make sure the water is warm and not hot before adding the yeast else they will die.

2) In another large bowl mix in the salt, sugar, olive oil with the flour. To this mixture add the yeast
(make sure to stir the yeast in the water before adding it to the flour) and knead. Yes i did this by hand. If you have a electric stand mixer please feel free to use it with the dough attachment. Mix or knead until everything is nicely combined. Brush the top of the dough with some olive oil and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or a wet cloth. Put the bowl in a warm place or inside the oven (turned off).
The dough requires time for proofing. So keep the dough in a warm place for an hour.

3) In a small bowl add 1 tbsp of olive oil and to this add 2 small cloves of chopped garlic. Mix and set it aside.
















4) Preheat your oven to 475 F. After an hour, remove the pizza dough from the bowl and divide it into two equal parts. Take one part of the dough and start to spread it on the baking sheet with the help of a rolling pin or by your hand.

5) Poke holes all over on top of the dough with a fork if you don't want the base to rise too much and want it to be more flat and crispier.


6) Next generously brush the top of the dough with the garlic oil. This will give the pizza base a nice garlic flavor.



7) Now comes the easy part. Spread all the toppings starting with the jalepenos, onions and veggies. Add salt and pepper on top for seasoning. Finish off with lots of cheese.


8) Bake the pizza for 15-20 mins or until the cheese on top becomes light golden in color. Garnish with oregano and chili flakes. Repeat the same with the second pizza maybe with different toppings. Happy cooking. Enjoy.












Wednesday, 16 October 2013

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (First recipe on the blog)


Delectable, dangerously chocolaty, smooth like a velvet and absolutely devine….. that is how I would describe chocolate mousse. It may sound complicated but trust me its very very easy to prepare. This is a perfect dessert for parties, special occasions like Anniversary, Valentines Day and for not so special occasions, when you are really craving for a yummy chocolate dessert.




The recipe for chocolate mousse calls for raw eggs. But if you are a veggie or not comfortable using raw eggs you can completely skip the eggs from the recipe. But the recipe that I have tried and tested is the classic recipe with raw eggs.  Make sure you use fresh eggs. But but but... please don’t worry about the eggs its absolutely safe. Don’t let this be a reason for you to not give it a try.

So lets get started….

You will need the following
(Serves 2) – Double up the quantity for more servings accordingly

½ cup of heavy cream
1 egg yolk (at room temperature)
1 egg white (at room temperature)
2 tbsp of granulated sugar
1/3 cup of semi-sweet or
 bitter- sweet chocolate (chocolate chips or chopped chocolate)
1 tbsp of unsalted butter
½ tsp of vanilla essence
1 tbsp of water



1)   First off whisk the heavy cream in a bowl until it forms stiff peaks (which means that if you flip the bowl upside down the cream wont fall).  Keep the whipped cream in the refrigerator.



2)   Now in a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolk and sugar until the mixture is completely combined and becomes pale yellow in color.








3)   In a double boiler melt together chocolate and butter along with vanilla essence and water. Once the chocolate is nicely melted remove from the heat and set it aside to cool.
Now what’s a Double boiler?? In a small saucepan add a little water and bring it to a simmer. Now place another small bowl over the saucepan and melt the chocolate mixture in it. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl else the chocolate will burn.




4)   Once the melted chocolate mixture is cooled to room temperature combine the egg yolk mixture in parts. 




5)   In a separate bowl whisk the egg white until it forms stiff peaks and looks nice and glossy. Now carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Do not over mix else the egg white would deflate.






6) And finally fold in the whipped cream again be careful enough not to over mix.




7)   Finally pour this mixture into two separate glass or bowls and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours. Serve chilled with whipped cream or fresh fruits. 






 

Friday, 4 October 2013

HERE GOES NOTHING :P



Hi guys,

My first blog post J. Well to start off I would like to point out (rather warn you guys :P) that I am not good writer nor do I write any poems. But that is not what blogging is all about right?? Ok… now please don’t close the tab and ignore me completely coz I do have some tricks up my sleeves :P

 I have come across so many wonderful blogs in the past few years and few of my friends are also avid bloggers (I do follow them frequently), which did inspire me to start my own some day. I had this thought about starting my own blog since couple of months now but I think I wasn’t inspired enough. And here I am in the world of blogging finally!!! Phewww……..I do realize that I will be like a grain of sand in this ocean of bloggers but it doesn’t hurt to try does it?

My life has turned in a completely different direction post marriage but in a good way. There is no doubt that I miss family, my dear friends and Mumbai but nevertheless I am enjoying life to the fullest after marriage here in USA with my best friend my dear hubby.

So much has changed and a lot of things are happening post marriage and after i moved here to the US.  I have never had so much time to myself since more than 5 years I guess. And that is how I got a chance to explore my culinary skills. I absolutely enjoy cooking and baking but never got time to experiment or try out recipes back in India. 

I am dying to share all of my tried and tested recipes with you guys as well as some of my own recipes and few of the traditional south indian recipes.

I have so much more to tell but if I post all of it at once u guys will be bored and I don’t want that to happen.

So to sum it up my blog will not only be about cooking and baking but also my experience so far here in USA, the food here, travel, fashion, lifestyle and the itsy bitsy yet interesting stuff of everyday life.

Hope u guys enjoy as much as I will sharing them with you. I would need all of our love, support and blessings.

Love

Saumya.

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