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Welcome to our January Bakealong challenge hosted by King Arthur Flour. Each month, we’ll announce a new recipe for you to try, along with helpful tips and step-by-step instructions here on our blog. We invite you to bake, then share a photo of your creation, tagging it #bakealong. Now that the holidays are over, let’s take a break from sugar for awhile, shall we? Not a long while; because really, life without chocolate is just too daunting. But the heart of winter is the perfect time to turn to the savory side of baking.

pizza

And what, exactly, are Pizza Party Buns? Think cinnamon bun technique, but pizza filling. These light, airy buns are swirled with pepperoni and mozzarella atop a base of marinara sauce, making them the ideal party snack: pizza bun in one hand, favorite beverage in the other, there’s no need at all to juggle a plate and flatware. With plenty of big football games coming up, plus all kinds of other reasons to gather your friends and party, it’s time to perfect these Party Pizza Buns – and to share your taste-tempting pictures (#bakealong) with bakers around the country.

PIZZA PARTY BUNS

Ingredients:

For the Pizza Dough

1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons kitchen salt

3 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour

2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

For the Pizza Filling

1/2 cup homemade pizza sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 cup chopped or shredded pepperoni

Method:

  • Mix everything together – by hand, using a stand mixer, or in a bread machine – to make a rough dough.

  • Knead dough until it is smooth and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover to protect dough from drafts.

  • Let dough rise until it is just about twice the size it started, which will take about 90 minutes or longer.

  • Gently deflate dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface; a silicone rolling mat works well.

  • Roll/pat the dough into a 12-inch x 18-inch rectangle and try to make the corners as square as possible.

  • Spread sauce on top crust, then sprinkle cheese evenly over sauce and top with the shredded pepperoni.

  • Starting with a long end, roll the dough into a log and cut the log into 12 to 18 pieces using dental floss.

  • Space rounds on parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten them gently to about 1″ tall.

  • Give buns enough room to rise and spread out a bit. Cover and allow buns to rise for 60 to 90 minutes.

  • They should be nicely risen and puffed. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  • Bake the buns for about 25 to 30 minutes, until they are light golden brown in color. Do not over-bake.

  • Remove the buns from the oven, and serve warm, with extra pizza sauce if desired. Makes 12-18 buns.

  • Pizza buns can be made ahead and stored in an air tight container for several days in the refrigerator.

  • Lay them on a baking sheet, tent with foil, and reheat in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes until warm.

KAF January 2017 Challenge

It might sound funny but I used to hate pizza as a kid. I cnt really explain why. I just could not convince myself that a combination of veggies and cheese would taste anything like awesome.  But then I grew up and my tastes evolved, or rather, my curiosity got the better of me 🙂

My first pizzas were all restaurant bought. So far I’ve tried Pizza Hut, Debonairs, Pirates Pizza, El Mondo and Salé Sucré. It gives me no greater pleasure, however, than to bake my own pizza. As always, I believe that homemade is best. Tastewise and costwise.

THIN CRUST PIZZA

Ingredients:

For Pizza Dough

3 cups plain flour

2 tsp salt

10g dry active yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

2 tbs olive oil

For Pizza Sauce

1 cup tomato purée

1/8 cup water

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp crushed garlic

1/8 tsp thyme

1/8 tsp mint

1/8 tsp bay leaves

For  Pizza Topping

1/4 cup mushrooms, fresh or canned

1/4 cup baby corn, split lengthwise

1/4 cup pineapple, diced

1/4 cup bell peppers, lightly cooked

1 red onion, sliced

1 large tomato, diced

1 tbs spring onion, finely chopped

5 black olives, halved

1/4 cup chicken/meat, for non vegetarians

200g mozarella cheese, grated

Method:

  • For dough, stir flour, salt and yeast together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in centre and add oil. Test water with a finger before adding. It should be warm, not boiling.
  • Add water gradually and combine to form a soft dough.
  • Dump on floured work surface and knead well for at least 10 minutes till smooth and elastic.

  • Oil the bowl, used for mixing, with a little olive oil and return dough back to it. Cover with clingfilm and keep in a warm place. Allow to proof at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  • Meanwhile prepare sauce and topping.
  • For sauce, grind mint, thyme and bay leaves together.
  • Place tomato purée in a medium saucepan. Stir in all other ingredients and simmer for 15-20 minutes till reduced.
  • If you like, you can always skip this step by using a can of store bought pizza sauce or make one that is not tomato based like peri peri, sweet and sour or BBQ.

  • For topping, you can throw in any ingredient of your choice.
  • Mushroom, peppers and aubergines should be thinly sliced and baked or grilled for a few minutes beforehand.
  • Chicken and meat should also be cooked before using as topping. Some people include fish as well.
  • By now your dough must have completed its first cycle of proofing and would have doubled in size.
  • Dump it back on the kitchen counter and punch the air out with your palm. Put it back in the bowl.
  • Cover again and leave it for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop your onions, tomatoes and herbs. It is best to do this last to keep your veggies fresh.

  • Preheat oven to its top temperature or around 250oC.
  • Divide your pizza dough according to number of pizzas and desired thickness. I make 2 thin crust pizzas of about 12 inches diameter.
  • Grease your pizza pans lightly with oil.
  • Stretch out dough on pan. No need to roll out.
  • You can shape the edges with your fingers or leave it flat.
  • Spread pizza sauce onto dough within 1 inch from crust.

  • Top with a thin layer of cheese before adding veggies/meat.
  • Finish with pineapple, onion, tomatoes, herbs and a secong layer of cheese. Sprinkle with paprika if you like.
  • Bake pizza for about 10 minutes till mozarella melts and crust is soft and golden. Do not overbake.
  • Remove from oven. Slice and enjoy right away.
  • Eat as many slices as you wish and forget about the bill.

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