11 September 2011

Half & Half Pizza :: Smoked Salmon & Hawaiian

Can't decide what pizza to have?
Have 'em both!

The boy loves his hawaiian.
And I wanted smoked salmon.
So we had both :)

This is a simple and fairly quick meal to make. And this includes making the pizza base from scratch! Once you've had homemade pizza base, you'll think twice about buying that awful frozen pizza base from the supermarket. (God knows how long it's been sitting in the freezer collecting ice crystals.)

Makes a thin 12" (30cm) pizza base.

120ml lukewarm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp olive oil
200g bread flour
1/2 tsp salt

Sprinkle sugar and yeast over water. Set aside for 10 min till frothy.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix till a dough forms.
Knead till smooth and springy (about 20 min by hand, 10 min by machine).

Place the ball of dough in a large flour-dusted bowl.
Proof for about 30 min or till it doubles in size.
(While you wait, prepare the pizza topping.)

Generously flour your work surface.
Tip out the dough and flour the top.
Press or roll out dough to a 12" circle.
If dough keeps springing back on you, let it rest for a few minutes.

Prick the dough with a fork (so the dough won't balloon in the oven).
Place dough on a pizza stone sprinkled with bread crumbs or cornmeal, or on a greased and floured baking pan.

Brush the pizza base with a little olive oil.
Top the pizza with your flavour of choice.
Bake at 200*C for about 10-15 min till the cheese has melted and browned slightly.

HAWAIIAN TOPPING for half 12" pizza:
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2-3 slices of ham
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (canned pineapples, drained, will do just fine)

2 tbs tomato puree
1 tsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
dash of cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all sauce ingredients.
Spread on pizza.
Sprinkle ham and pineapples, then mozarella.

SMOKED SALMON TOPPING for half 12" pizza:
50g smoked salmon
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

3 tbs cream cheese (I used mascarpone) 
1/2 tsp dill tips 
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all sauce ingredients.
Spread on pizza.
Sprinkle onions, salmon and cucumbers.

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