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The Slice of Joy- Pizza Margherita


Sometime long back in history, I had known that the Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza which signified the flag of Italy, consisting of tomato suggesting of the color red, the mozzarella representing the color white and basil representing the color green.. To me every slice of this  pizza implies the diverse colors of life. The green in this pizza represents energy to me, the red passion for life and white a way to brilliantly start my week, I couldn’t have found of an enhanced way to kick start my week with this slice of joy!

175gms of plain flour,
1 tsp salt,
1 tsp easy-blend yeast,
1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
6 tbsp luke warm water
350gms of tomatoes, peeled and chopped,
1 garlic clove, thinly slice,
55 g mozzarella cheese,
1 tsp dried oregano,                                                                                    
Salt and pepper,
Fresh basil sprigs to garnish

Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl and stir in the yeast, give it a mix. Make a well in between and add in the oil and lukewarm water. Stir well with a wooden spoon, till the time the dough begins to come together, and then knead the dough on a lightly floured surface with you hands for ten minutes.
Brush the bowl with oil, shape the dough into a bowl, roll the ball in the bowl to ensure that its coated with oil, to prevent of forming of the skin.. Put the ball in the bowl and cover it with a damp tea-towel. Leave it in a warm place to rise for hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
Brush a baking tray with oil. Turn out the dough into a lightly floured surface, knock back the dough with you fist and knead for another one minute. Roll out the dough to a circle of 25 cms/ 10 inches with a rolling pin. Place on the prepared baking tray and push the edges of the circle slightly all round. Cover the baking tray with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Squeeze some juice out of the fresh tomatoes and roughly chop the flesh, spread them evenly over the pizza base and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle the garlic over the tomato, add the cheese, and sprinkle with the oregano and season with salt and black pepper. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and crisp.  Brush the crust with oil, garnish with basil sprigs and serve immediately.  

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2 Expresso yourself!:

Nandita said...

oh la la la!..just the way it is...nothing less and nothing more....the freshness , the smell of the origano....the tomatoes..superb!

IPS Khurana said...

wow...chandni...pizzas....hmmm ...sure....i can have that smell and aroma tooo...i will have wid cheese pls...

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