Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pizza made of harvest from my garden

I'm amazed whenever I eat a cherry tomato from our tomato plants; thinking of the day which was more than 4 months back that my son planted these tomatoes seeds into the potting mix. Then, without fail, my husband and son water the plants everyday. When I'm busy cooking, both father and son would spend their time catching the bugs and caterpillars that attack our plants and nurture their allies spiders for their bugs catching assistance. Now, we are all happy that we are reaping our reward from our hard work and patience .

This is a nice and easy pizza base recipe with which does any pre-baking. This recipe is so easy that I actually knead the pizza dough by hand. No kneading machine required! However, you would need lots of extra flour to dust because the dough contains no added fat and can be quite sticky to handle. I can use fresh tomatoes and juicy pineapple as my pizza toppings and yet the pizza crust turns out to be a great texture and not soggy.

Pizza made from our hard work...tomatoes and oregano from our garden
Our tomatoes...from our garden to our dining table.
Here two other pizza that I've made:
Ham and Pineapple Pizza
Salami Pizza

Here's the recipe from an advertising feature (Perfect Italiano) in Donna Hay Magazine, Issue Dec 2011 / Jan 2012 (with my modification in blue)

Basic Pizza Dough

Make 2 x 26 cm large pizza or up to 8 mini pizza
1 tsp dried yeast
1/4 tsp caster sugar
3/4 cup (180ml) lukewarm water
1 1/2 cup (225g) plain flour
(replace with a combination of Italian OO flour and bread flour in the ratio of 1:4)
1/2 tsp salt

Place yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside in a warm place for 10 min or until bubbles appear on the surface. Place the flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre.

Add the yeast mixture and mix together with a wooden spoon to form a dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 4-5 minor until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a clean, damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for 25-30min or until the dough has doubled in size.

Note: Using 3/4 of the above recipe, I can make 4 x 15-17 cm mini pizza

Preheat oven to 220°C or 200°C fan forced. Divide the dough into its portion size and roll out on a lightly floured surface into its required size. Place them on lightly greased baking trays.

My pizza toppings for each mini pizza are:

Tomatoes and Pesto Pizza
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Spread base with 1 tsp basil or tomato pesto leaving a 0.5cm border. Add 4-5 cherry tomatoes (halved), sprinkle salt and pepper.

Ham and Pineapple Pizza
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Spread base with 1 tsp tomato pesto leaving a 0.5cm border. Add 40g thinly sliced ham and 2 slices of pineapple.

Salami Pizza
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Spread base with 1 tsp tomato pesto leaving a 0.5cm border. Add 30g salami.

For each pizza, sprinkle1/4 cup of mozzarella and tasty cheese blend and bake for 12-15 min or until topping is golden and the base is crisp. Top with 4-5 oregano or basil leaves (except for pineapple and ham pizza) and serve.

Happy Baking

28 comments:

  1. I have some good harvest of cherry tomatoes, too. We make into salad and pizza and they're so juicy. I only plant it from the seeds of the tomato from store and the joy of eating the food from your own grows is nice. It all goes well until my dog finds it and take all the tomatoes before they are ripe. :(

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  2. Nothing's better than freshly-picked cherry tomatoes in that homemade pizza ! Actually I'm looking for an easy pizza dough recipes , will add yours to my stash ;)

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  3. I saw your post and thought, who is growing tomatoes in their garden this time of year? Then I remembered that you live in Australia and it's summer there right now!

    The tomato and pesto and salami pizza have my name on all over them! I still have yet to make my own pizza dough. This is the year when I will change that. I vow to make some yeast breads and pizza dough from scratch. I have always been intimidated by yeast. I think it's the kneading part. I'm afraid I will knead the dough to much and the bread will be tough.

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  4. Food is always raised to a new level when they include food from your garden. Your pizza rocks! Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  5. Oh, I shouldn't be looking at these gorgeous pizzas right before bed! My stomach is going to start growling any second! Just FABULOUS!!!

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  6. amazing, these pizzas look amazing Zoe and love pinapple and jam pizza too:)

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  7. These pizzas look superb! Now I'm tempted to make some too. And perhaps start growing some cherry tomatoes next spring....love the beautiful photos! And what a perfect name for your blog!!!

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  8. We also have tomatoes growing in our garden and I cannot wait until they begin to grow again. I really want to give this pizza dough a try, thank you for the recipe. It really does look nice and crisp, exactly what a pizza dough should be :)

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  9. this is wonderful buddy..You've managed to cook a successful classic again..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  10. Your pizza sound so nice with own harvested tomatoes..and healthy too. Happy New Year 2012 to you and your family.

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  11. That's the advantage of having a garden! Nothing like planting your own veggies!
    Yummy pizza!

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  12. Your cherry tomatoes are lovely! And your pizza looks really delicious! The satisfaction of homegrown veggies! I can almost smell the oregano too! I have neglect my garden for quite a while, will only be free after CNY to attend to it. So jealous, looking at your tomatoes!! :)

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  13. i remember you telling me abt your gardening. So are you involved in the process of gardening or it was just your son and husband? haha! your pizzas look terrific, i like all of them!!

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  14. Such pretty tomatoes! So nice to have fresh produce straight from your own garden. I've tried, for awhile, and then the bugs and aphids won :D
    The pizzas look great!

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  15. Wow thats an inviting pizza,that too with home grown veggies..loving it.

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  16. Those pizzas looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. How delicious and how special made with ingredients from the garden - I can only imagine how good it tasted!
    Mary x

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  18. My kids love to grow tomatoes too! It's really cool thing for them. :)We haven't tried to put them in pizza before. Thank you for this recipe!!

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  19. Your pizzas all look fabulous! I can hardly wait to have our own garden ready to harvest. We're still a good 3-4 months away from that though.

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  20. Homemade pizza is always so yummy, and when it's made with the ingredients from your own garden, it must be out of this world!

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  21. Hi Zoe, I'm drooling at your pizza. Very tempting and I love the cheesy topping. So nice to have your own cherry tomato from your own garden.
    Have a nice day.

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  22. I am sure the homegrown cherry tomatoes taste awesome. The pizza look gorgeous.

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  23. WOW, I LOOOOOOOOOVE it, soo yummy and amazing, Thank you for sharing, I am glad to follow you :)

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  24. your food pics.....sooo yummy looking!

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  25. Amazing! Best looking pizza Ihave seen in a long time; I can almost taste the goodness.
    Rita

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  26. so many great pizza ideas! You can never go wrong with a slice!!!

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  27. I love ham and pineapple pizza! We call it Hawaiian pizza. This looks like a great recipe!

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