You know how they say you have to try everything once? Well, I’m not sure that it has to be literally ‘everything’, but some stuff is definitely worth trying. And as this is only a food blog here, I won’t be saying that ‘some stuff’ includes things like snuggling a panda, living in a different country, going on a road trip or whatever other things these ’50 things-you-have-to-do-before-you-die’ lists suggest (to be honest, I do want to make my own bucket list and mark it all as ‘done’).
Still, there are some culinary experiences that I think everyone should live through. And yesterday I took one of these off my culinary bucket list. Together with my friend Nastya (who is equally obsessed with food and cooking as I am) and my fiance (who is not obsessed with cooking at all, however is not averse to degustating and thus agreed to take the pictures of the cooking process) we made our first-ever super delicious homemade pizza!
For the topping we used 3 types of cheese (mozza, semi-soft cheese and curd cheese) + pear bits + honey-caramelized king prawns. The process turned out to be way easier than I’d assumed + it was super fun! So we ‘bindingly confirm’ (I love the word!) that pizza-making is super simple and you should really give it a try if you’ve never done it before!
For the dough of your own super delicious homemade pizza you will need:
- 300 g all-purpose flour
- 200 ml filtered water
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping of your own super delicious homemade pizza you will need:
- 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
- 250 g mozzarella, grated
- 150 g curd cheese
- 100 g semi-soft cheese, grated
- 1/2 pear, diced
- 12-15 king prawns, shells off
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sugar
- some fresh basil and thyme leaves
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt, pepper and dried herbs to season
Prepare the dough. In a large bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder, then add oil and water and stir until well mixed (if the dough is too stiff, add some more water). On a surface sprinkled with flour knead the dough for several minutes until smooth. Roll out the dough (till it’s 2-3 mm thick) and put it on a grill.
Prepare the sauce. In a large pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil and then add canned chopped tomatoes, sugar and chopped basil leaves. Cook for 2-3 min till the sugar is fully dissolved. Season with dried herbs, pepper and salt, to taste. Take off the heat and set aside to cool for 5-7 min.
Prepare the honey-caramelized prawns. In a small pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil, then add shell-free king prawns and honey. Cook for 2-4 min until golden brown. Season with salt, to taste.
Spread the sauce over the dough, then scatter over the cheese evenly, then add pears and caramelized prawns, put some thyme and minced garlic on top and give the pizza a final season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 15-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden and looks something like this:
Enjoy momentarily while still hot… and while there’s still any pizza left (we ate ours in just a couple of minutes =) ).