A thin crust healthier Cafe style Pizza without use of refined flour with crunchy edges and juicy soft interiors.
Add sweetener to the lukewarm milk mix and keep aside.
Now add yeast to it and mix well. You can proof this for 10 minutes covered in a warm place but i am using instant yeast so i just dissolved in it.
Take whole wheat flour , fine semolina and salt in a bowl . Mix together.
Make a well in the center and pour dissolved yeast or proofed yeast into it.
Add in oil to it.
Add in 1/2 cup lukewarm water to it
Mix wet into dry starting from center to outwards. Use hands or spatula for this.
Gradually add remaining water till no dry flour can be seen . You might need to add more or little depending upon the quality of flour used. In case adding more water, please add 1 tbsp at a time so it doesn't become too sticky.
Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Knead using dough hook attachment for 5 minutes . You can knead with hands too.
The dough will come together as a ball, leaving sides of the mixing ball- which indicates it is done.
Take the dough out on a clean surface and knead for 2 to 3 more minutes till it becomes smooth and supple. There is no need to sprinkle any extra dry flour for this . If required just grease your hands with little oil.
Obtain a smooth, semi stiff , pliable dough and make a ball
Grease big bowl with oil. Place the dough in it. Brush oil on top , cover and refrigerate at least for 4 hours. The refrigeration is important for the flavour to develop. However if you are short on time then proof this in warm place for an hour .
Remove from fridge and let it sit on counter for 15 minutes.
Take it out on a clean surface and deflate the dough and divide into 4 parts. Here I am taking 3 balls of 220 grams each( thin crust) and 1 ball of 190 grams( for regular crust).
Shape dough into small balls , cover and let it rest for another 15 minutes . This is called bench resting and helps in easy shaping of the bread.
Preheat oven at 250 degree Celsius for 20 minutes on toast or convection mode. Follow same temperature and timing for convection mode of microwave. Place your pizza pan or baking tray inside the oven while preheating.
Take one ball of dough and shape into tight ball again. Roll using rolling pin with even thickness from all sides.
Roll it thin just like you roll a puri but a bigger one. Also make sure the edges are thin too as these will become crunchy when thin.
Take a wooden tray or back side of thali or big plate and sprinkle corn meal or makai ka aata (or whole wheat flour if not having corn meal) on it. Do it generously. ( We basically want a flat plate with no edges for this)
Place the rolled Pizza base on the wooden tray and prick using fork .
Open the door of OTG and transfer the pizza base into baking pan directly by shaking ( for the lack of better word) the wooden tray. The pizza will glide into the pan automatically when you do it. Please do not use hands for this as the oven and pan will be very hot . Please notice here we are not greasing anything, neither the pizza pan nor the wooden tray.
If you do not want to use tray then preheat pizza pan for 15 minutes, remove using mittens. Place pizza on it carefully as it will be hot and then pop it back into the oven.
Bake in middle rack of OTG and bake for 6 to 8 minutes . Every Oven is different so keep an eye on it after 5 minutes. Remove if done. Mine took 8 minutes for the first base and 6 to 7 minutes for the rest.
Remove the base using wide spatula and let it cool for a minute and transfer into another tray gently or wire rack.
Place covered in a kitchen towel till further use.
Follow same step to bake other pizza bases.
If you also want to make a regular thick Pizza crust , then roll it the dough little thicker. Prick with fork . Place the base in a pan or cake mould and cover. Let it proof fro 10 to 15 minutes till puffy. Then bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 250 degree Celsius in convection mode.
You can bake the Pizza Bases and keep in advance as per time availability . Just keep it covered in a kitchen towel and place in a container or in between two plates/ thalis.
Take a Pizza base and spread pizza sauce on it ( i am using homemade here)
Place sliced vegetables on top . Sprinkle salt and black pepper on it. Here I have used 150 grams of baby spinach, 1 tomato, 1 onion sliced, 1 big capsicum, 100 grams paneer/ cottage cheese and 1 tbsp olives. Add in grated Cheese - use a combination of mozzarella and cheddar ( see notes) . Pour 1 tsp olive oil or butter on top . This is optional but helps make it juicy.
Bake in a preheated oven at 250 degree Celsius for 8 to 10 minutes till edges turn golden brown and cheese melts fully and there are golden spots on above
Remove and sprinkle some oregano , chilli flakes, slice and serve
I made regular Margarita Pizza for my daughter too with a thick base following procedure listed above.
(1) IF you want to make it instant, then proof for an hour in a warm place after kneading and then proceed as outlined above. However, it will be more flavourful if we refrigerate the dough for 4 to 8 hours. You can do it overnight too.
(2) GO Cheese and Britannia Cheese both are mix of mozzarella and cheddar . Amul is only mozzarella. Use above two brands for better flavour.
(3) If you dont have a wooden tray use back of thali or big plate and sprinkle corn meal on it and then transfer in baking pan.
(4) If you are not comfortable in transferring in the oven , then just preheat pan , remove it and place rolled pizza base on it . BE careful as it will be very hot. Then again pop it in the oven.
(5) I have added a tsp of homemade pizza sauce on paneer slices and added a pinch of garam masala and red chilli on top for flavour.
(6) I sauteed spinach leaves for a few seconds and capsicum separately before adding on my pizza . But this is optional.
Serving Size 4