Home Made Pizza Base ' Basic Recipe'
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp heaped dried yeast
1 cup milk
11/2 tbsp refined oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3 packed cups maida(plain flour)
Mix warm water and sugar in a cup. Feel the water with a finger to check if it is Luke warm. Add yeast. Shake the cup gently to mix the yeast. Cover it and leave it in a warm place till the granules of the yeast disappear and become frothy. (10-15mins if it does not swell, discard it)
Mix milk, oil, salt and sugar in a pan. Keep aside. When the yeast becomes frothy heat this milk mixture to make it Luke warm. Add the ready yeast mix to the Luke warm milk mixture.
Add this yeast and milk mixture to the flour and knead well to make a smooth dough. Greece a big zip lock bag, brush the dough with a little oil and put it in a zip lock bag. Keep it covers in a warm place to swell for one hour or till it is double in size. Now punch it down to its original size, brush with oil and keep it back in the zip lock bag for another 15 minutes or till it swells again.
Make 3 balls. Roll out a little and flatten each on a 10" square greased aluminum foil to a thin oval pizza, even thinner than 1/4" . Prick each base with a fork. Brush pizza base with butter or olive oil put the topping and bake in preheated oven at 180 C for 15 minutes.
WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tbsp butter or margarine
3/4 tsp salt
2tsp baking powder
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
3/4 cup milk
Mix together wheat flour, butter, salt, baking powder and herbs. Mix till mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add milk gradually and knead to get a soft dough. Divide into 2 parts and roll out to get a 1/4" thick pizza base.