Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes

3 Nov

As much as I love pasta, sometimes I also crave a nice pizza… When we have something to celebrate, we normally go to an authentic Italian restaurant here in Ghent (Il Peperoncino in the St-Pietersnieuwstraat or Picobello in the Belfortstraat, they have the same owner). They don’t speak or understand Dutch very well, but the food is amazing!

Since today is a regular Saturday, we stayed at home and I made us a delicious homemade pizza instead! You can top it with anything you like of course, but I like a simple pizza where you can taste the ingredients. So we stayed with mozarella and cherry tomatoes!

Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients (for 2 pizzas)

Dough

  • 150ml luke warm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 150g whole wheat flour
  • 125g all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Topping

  • 1 can (400g) tomato cubes
  • 200g mozzarella (I used light)
  • 300g cherry tomatoes, different colours, cut into half
  • 4 tsp oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • some fresh basil leaves for garnishing

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the luke warm water, the yeast and the sugar. Give it a good stir and set aside for about 5 minutes, until the yeast begins to form bubbles.
  • Sift the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour and salt into a large bowl .
  • Stir in the olive oil and the yeast mixture until the dough is starting to pull away from the bowl (it gets less sticky and is forming a nice ball)
  • Now get the dough out of the bowl and start kneading for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Form a ball with the dough, place it back into the bowl and cover up with a towel.
  • Put aside in a warm place for 1 hour (I always preheat my microwave for a minute and then put my bowl in there).
  • The dough should have doubled in volume after an hour.
  • Knead the dough for another 10 minutes
  • Divide the dough into 2 pieces, and roll them out until you have 2 pizza crusts
  • Spread out the pizza crusts onto a parchment
  • Cover the crusts with a towel and set aside again for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven (and the baking sheets) to 220°C
  • Get the preheated baking sheets out of the oven
  • Very carefully slide the parchments with the pizza crustst onto the preheated baking sheets (this way the bottom of the crust will get scorched quickly, and you end up with a crunchy crust)
  • Garnish the crusts with the canned tomato cubes, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, oregano, pepper and salt
  • Bake the pizzas for 15 minutes (until the cheese has melted nicely)
  • Garnish with some basil leaves

Source: adapted from All Recipes

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