Easy peasy homemade pizza(dough+sauce) and mushroom soup recipe

Sunday, December 20, 2015 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

Happy weekend lovely people!I am the kind of person who loves to eat,cook and bake.I watch tons of cooking shows and even buy lots of cookbooks/baking books.So naturally I have tried a lotttt of recipes and came up with my own as well.But I rarely blog about it because it's a bit cumbersome at times.

But I thought why not I share 3 beautiful recipes that you can try on this sunny Sunday and treat your loved ones with it.The pizza dough is from Jamie Oliver while the pizza sauce and mushroom soup is something that I just "campak campak"/came up with.So let's begin!

I love pizza.My favourite for fast food ones has got to be Dominos.But I also know that making your own pizza is wayyy better because you know what you put in it.It's fairly easy but you've to give it some time as you need to knead the pizza dough well and also to let it rise.

I make my own pizza dough and also the pizza sauce.It's worth the time to make both as it makes a whole lot of difference in the taste.To make the pizza dough,I use this simple recipe below from Jamie Oliver,which I also improvise as I didn't have semolina flour.

Basically this recipe calls for a 1kg packet of high protein flour(bread flour) which you can get from bakery supply shops like Bagus,Bake With Yen,Yummie and so forth.I've never tried it with plain flour..I bet you could but the results could be different.The recipe is below.

For the dough
800 g strong white bread flour
200 g fine ground semolina flour or strong white bread flour
1 level tablespoon fine sea salt
14gm instant dried yeast
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
650 ml lukewarm water

To make the dough: 
A marble countertop makes it easy to knead the dough
1. Pile the flour and salt on to a clean surface and make an 18cm well in the centre. Add your yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, mix up with a fork and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well.
2. Using a fork and a circular movement, slowly bring in the flour from the inner edge of the well and mix into the water. It will look like thick porridge. Continue to mix, bringing in all the flour. When the dough comes together and becomes too hard to mix with your fork, flour your hands and begin to pat it into a ball.
3. Knead the dough by rolling it backward and forward, using your left hand to stretch the dough toward you and your right hand to push the dough away from you at the same time. Repeat this for 10 minutes, until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.
4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let double in size for about 45 minutes.

I let the dough proof for too long and it grew!haha
My tips for pizza dough

*Buy instant dried yeast that are sold in tiny packets.
*When you mix the yeast with warm water,make sure it's mixed thoroughly&no lumps.Wait patiently for the yeast to foam up as it will!
*Generously flour the surface when you want to knead your pizza dough,so that it won't stick to it.
*Be patient as the dough will come together beautifully,it just needs time and a lot of kneading.

I have an electric mixer with a dough hook but I still prefer mixing it and kneading it by hand(from the pictures above).It's much easy if you have a marble countertop/wooden surface to mix &knead it as I've tried before using Ikea's silicone mat(when I went to our aunt's house as she asked me to come over& make pizza) and it just sticks to it and basically lift the entire thing up which was a nightmare!haha

For the pizza sauce,I make my own version which is basically a basic tomato sauce.

For the pizza sauce
2-3 cloves of garlic,chopped
1 bombay/yellow onion,minced
1 canned plum tomatoes
1 canned tomato puree
Minced beef(optional)
1 bay leaf
Salt,black pepper/smoke paprika and sugar.

To make the sauce:
1)Sautee the garlic and onion until soft.Add the spices.
2)Add the minced beef and let it cook.
3)Pour the tomato puree and plum tomatoes.Mix well,mash the tomatoes.
4)Add the seasoning and cook until it thickens.
5)Take it off from the stove and let it cool down before using.

I have a pizza crisper/pan which you can buy at baking supply stores..they're a flat round pan but with holes on the bottom.This will ensure that you get a perfect crust.

You roll the pizza dough and make sure that it's not thick..as it will puff up when you bake it.I always roll it as thinly as I can.Transfer it to the pizza pan,spread the sauce and arrange any toppings that you would like.

I tend to use onions,pineapples(I love them on my pizza!),red capsicum,pepperoni(or sliced sausages if you can't find them),sliced olives,mushrooms..just be creative!Top it off with shredded mozzarella.
Baked in a preheated oven (200 celcius)until it's golden brown.

Homemade mushroom soup

I love a good bowl of hot mushroom soup.It's so comforting and delicious.I'm not gonna lie that I always reach out for can from Campbell's but one night,we had none in the kitchen and I had lots of mushrooms that I bought recently so I thought..let's try and make my own mushroom soup!

I've made soups before like chicken soup and pumpkin soup..but never attempted to make mushroom soup.I don't know why I've never done it before as it's so easy.

This recipe is something that I came up with and it's really quick and simple..best of all,it requires only FOUR main ingredients.
The steps!

Mushrooms--I used tiny fresh brown mushrooms and also 1 can of buttom mushrooms
1 big bombay/yellow onion
Maggi homemade chicken stock
Full cream milk(you can use cream as well if you have it)
Some water

To make the soup:
1)In a food processor(one of my fave kitchen tools&the husband bought it for me),add the brown mushrooms and 1 onion.Processed it until it's in tiny chunks.*If you don't have a food processor,you can finely minced everything with a knife*
2)Sliced the canned button mushrooms.(I didn't put this in food processor as I wanted sliced mushrooms in the soup as well)
3)Heat up some oil in a pan,and saute the onion and all of the mushrooms until the onions become translucent.
4)Add 1-2 tablespoon of chicken stock and mix it well.Add the milk.Stir and taste.If you need more chicken stock/milk,adjust accordingly.Let it simmer.
5)If it's too thick,add some water.Season it with salt/black pepper/sugar. 

Isn't that super easy!Plus,if you look at the list of ingredients at the back of your canned mushroom soup,there's so many preservatives..making your own soup is sooo easy and better for you.

I served the soup for dinner for the husband and I with homemade garlic bread and calamari caesar salad.

simple and delicious
Let me know in the comments if you see any food that I've been cooking/baking on my instagram ( @liyanahanim) that you would like for me to share the recipe here!Have a great Sunday!