Earlier today, I made this quick pizza live on Instagram. This recipe is super quick and would be ready in less than 30minutes. With this quick dough, I am not planning to ever bother about waiting for my dough to rise- at least for pizza.
5 years ago I tried making pizza for the first time, I did not follow any recipe and I had not even had much pizza then- honestly, it was just not right. I then decided to look up recipes to find the right pizza dough recipe- Italians I hail! Who doesnt love pizza?
Most original recipes call for yeast in the dough which includes proving time and waiting for dough to rise. No pain, no gain.
Fast forward to yesterday, I wanted to make pizza for dinner- I confirmed that I had flour and yeast so yeah I was good to go. Then I remembered that yeast has been scarce in the shops during this lockdown and I need it for bread later in the week; plus I just wanted it quicker though. I thought for a bit that I would try this recipe on my mind and I kept tweaking the measurement till I made the perfect dough! I still achieved this yummy dinner in less than 30 minutes! Just look at how gorgeous it turned out…
My husband said to me, “this tastes just like bought pizza”. The crust was perfect! I also made the pizza sauce from scratch while I worked on the dough- it came through banging. I knew I could not keep this to myself- that would be unfair; I love you too much to hide something this good.
- Self-raising flour 2 cups
- Buttermilk 1 cup
- Tomatoes 6 (skinned)
- Olive oil 2 tbsps
- Mixed herbs 1 tbsp
- Garlic 1 clove
- Black pepper 1 tsp
- Salt 1 tsp
Self-raising flour: if using plain flour- add 1tsp baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup.
Buttermilk: if using fresh milk- add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon and leave at room temperature for 7-10 minutes till the milk curdles. If using milk powder; dissolve 3 tablespoons of milk powder in 1 cup of water, then add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon and leave at room temperature for 7-10 minutes till the milk curdles.
Pizza Sauce: peeled tomatoes works best for this- canned ones work well too. Add a can or 6 peeled tomatoes to a small saucepan with 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp mixed herbs (thyme, rosemary, majoram), a pinch of salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes to thicken the sauce: smash the tomatoes with a spatula or cooking spoon halfway through cooking. This can cook while you prepare your dough; it would be ready just in time.
P.s: For peeling fresh tomatoes, make an ‘x’ sign at the bottom, then add the washed tomatoes to a pot of boiling water for one minute. Remove tomatoes from hot water and place in ice cold water for a few minutes; from the ‘x’ marking at the bottom, pull away each tomato skin.
Heat up your pizza/oven tray at 230C – 250C; pizza crust needs a super high temperature. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the self-raising flour and buttermilk with a spatula or by hand. Turn on to a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
P.s: Form the dough into a ball; this will enable you to get a round crust.
Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Place dough on a non-stick baking paper/ parchment paper. Place this on the heated oven/pizza tray to cook for 7 minutes; bring out the dough from the oven- add pizza sauce, mozarella cheese and cooked meats (diced beef, chicken, sausages- your preference). Try minced suya! Return the topped dough to the oven to cook for another 7 minutes. Bring out the pizza from your oven and transfer to large plate or platter.
If cooking on stove, make sure your dough is rolled out thinner- 1/4 inch instead lof 1/2 inch like the oven cooked pizza. Heat up a non-stick frying pan to medium high heat, place the dough in the hot pan to cook for 3 minutes. Flip the dough to cook the other side and use the first cooked side as the top. Proceed to adding the sauce, cheese and toppings. Cover the pan and lower the heat after 3 minutes (covering the pan was Mary Akokhia’s idea on Instagram Live today- massive shoutout to you!). Leave the pizza to crust to cook for another 3 minute on low heat; allow the cheese to melt before serving. Transfer your pizza to large plate or platter.
P.s: This dough makes 1 large pizza or 2 smaller sized ones. I made two smaller pizzas today as I wanted to make one in the oven and the other on stove. The bottom of the pizza was burnt at the centre so I would advise you reduce the heat after the bottom part has cooked for 2 minutes ( I would try this again soon amd update this stovetop recipe).
Slice your pizza into triangles with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Pizza in 30 minutes!!!