So far, my Bread-buary! posts have covered breakfast and dessert breads. Typical, if not staple, bread recipes. But if you’re ever in a festive mood, a pizza is one great bread dish you shouldn’t skip.
I’m a big fan of pizza. Any kind of pizza. And that exactly is its charm–a dish that allows for anyone’s taste, be it plain cheese, all meat, or even anchovies. Only your imagination (and your taste buds) will set the limit.
Some will argue against making your own pie crust, when practically every decent grocery store could have the ready-made ones available in their frozen foods section. Well you could buy those, but most of the time those will turn out too thick and bready, or even too dry. And believe me, nothing ruins a potentially fun party like dry pizza. And if you’re having close company over, what better way to show you care than dishing out the amazing home-made stuff.
- 1/4 batch of Lean Bread Dough (done with the First Rise) — on my pizza, I replaced all the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Homemade Pizza Sauce
- Sliced white button mushrooms
- Sliced white onions
- Bacon bits
- Whole kernel corn
Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough really thin (about 1/4 inch) into a circle or rectangle. Place the rolled dough on a floured cookie sheet.
Brush olive oil on the rolled dough, to the edges. Rest for 5 minutes. Ladle on half a cup of the pizza sauce, spreading the sauce over the crust. Layer on the mozzarella, mushrooms, onions, ham, bacon, pepperoni and corn. Be as generous as you like. Drizzle a little olive oil on top.
Bake the pizza for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges of the pizza are golden brown. Serve hot.
Please pay no attention to the irregularity of the shape of my pizza. I was a bit hurried when I was making this and wasn’t really paying any attention to the aesthetic. But these are incredibly nice. 😀 I also intentionally left the amounts unspecified so you can decide for yourself. But do try to keep the oil to a minimum. You can also try to pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes after brushing on the oil if you want to be extra careful about the sauce making the pizza crust soggy. You can then bake with the toppings for 15 minutes.
Try any combination of toppings you like. The pizza can be stored up to 24 hours in the fridge, toasted or heated in the microwave before serving.