I'm an experimental cook. I like to trying out new things, and creating my own recipes.
This is one of my more recent creations. I've cooked it a few times before, but have recently perfected the recipe.
Pizza balls are an easy to eat portable food that can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meal. They can be eaten hot or cold and are ideal for things like picnics.
Step 1: The 'base': Ingredients
To make the bread part, you will need:
650g of plain or strong white flour
1 sachet (7g) of yeast
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of sugar
25ml of oil
350ml of warm water
Step 2: Making the 'base'
Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make sure they are mixed well so they yeast is distributed evenly through the flour.
Add the oil and 100ml of the water. Mix it all together. Slowly add more water to the mix, until it is combined thoroughly. The mix shouldn't be so dry that it doesn't stick together but it shouldn't be so wet that it can be poured easily. If the mix is too wet, add flour and stir until it become the right consistency.
Leave the mix in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Step 3: The Sauce: Ingredients
To make the tomato and herb sauce, you will need:
Tomatoes. Tinned or hand chopped
Mixed Italian herbs
1/4 of an onion
2 cloves of garlic
A pinch of salt
The sauce can be modified and changed to suit particular tastes. This is suited to my tastes.
Step 4: The Sauce: Tomatoes
If you've used whole tomatoes, chop them finely. You might want to add a dash of oil or water to them, to help them soften when cooking.
Step 5: The Sauce: Combining
Put the chopped/tinned tomatoes and puree in sauce pan and simmer them over a low heat until they begin to break down. Add the finely chopped onion and crushed cloves of garlic. Simmer and stir. Add the herbs and salt to suit your tastes.
You can add other things such as pepperoni or finely chopped pepper to add an extra taste.
Step 6: The Base: Knocking Back
Gently separate the dough into 8. Spread flour over your work surface and knock each ball back in turn. The more you kneed them, the and more stretchy and elastic they will become.
Step 7: Creating the Ball
Stretch each ball out into a rough circle. Put 1/8th of the sauce in the middle of each circle. Join the edges of the circle at the top into a parcel.
To give them an extra golden brown colour once cooked, paint them with milk before cooking.
Step 8: Cooking
Cook the balls at 200 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes. When ready, they should be golden brown (if you put milk on the top) and should give a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
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