Monday, April 11, 2011

Pizza with Eggplant Pesto Sauce

I *love* Food Network and its webpage. You can find so many interesting recipes from some prominent chefs, and that's what I like!! Especially Giada's cooking!

So I was craving pizza all week, but I didn't want to shell out 10 pounds for a pizza that isn't that great anyway. So I started googling homemade pizza! I discovered I had all the ingredients to make the dough and to add the toppings, so it was meant to be! I also made my Eggplant Pesto sauce and was in heaven, and so was Mr. Sweets! I'm not a fan of tomato sauce, so this was a great alternative!

Here we go!

Pizza with Eggplant Pesto Sauce

You will need:

  • Olive oil
  • 3 3/4 cup flour...I used plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet/7g yeast...I used quick yeast

Pour the flour and salt in a large bowl

Whisk the flour and salt together

Make a well in the middle and pour the warm water in...I know, mine isn't in the middle :(

Next pour the sugar in! Mmmmm sugar!

Next, add the yeast and wait until it's foamy!

Mix in 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Um, don't use a whisk. It's too sticky. Mix with a wooden spoon!

Knead for about 5 minutes until it's smooth! I didn't show you a picture of my messy pretty hands because I forgot to put the self-timer on, so you get the finished product instead! Voila! 

Brush the dough with olive oil, put it in a large bowl and cover it. Leave it in a warm place to rise until doubled, which takes about 1.5 hours

Once it is doubled, divide the dough in half unless you want a humongo pizza!! Roll it out into a circle-or a square if you couldn't make a circle like me...

As you can see, there is mozzarella cheese around the edges! I was trying to make stuffed crust! I do recommend you add a lot of cheese if you want it to work!

I also suggest you place the dough on parchment paper before you roll it out because I had a difficult time trying to lift it from the counter!

I brushed the entire dough with olive oil. Do you like my new pastry brush? I love it! It doesn't leave little hairs like the other pastry brush did! 

Spread the Eggplant Pesto Sauce on the dough and add mozzarella or whatever cheese/toppings you like!

And since I love lots of flavors, I added some Italian Herb Seasoning!

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 500 F / 250 C!! Yummm!!

I also made this the next night for Mr. Sweets and me:

I have to say that I enjoyed this one way better. I mixed the Eggplant Pesto Sauce with tomato sauce, then topped with onions, mozzarella cheese, red Leicester cheese, basil, and finally spinach, and it turned out soooooo amazing!!! 

Seriously, why spend lots of money on pizza when this is quick and easy and more satisfying?? It's also tailored to your likes! :) 

Smooches!! xoxo

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