Friday, March 04, 2016

White Onion Garlic Pizza









If there's pizza, there must be a lot of garlic. And cheese. This is exactly what this pizza is made of. Eight cloves of garlic and a decent amount of cheese. What makes it even better? Onions. And yes, there's nothing else. And trust me, there's nothing else you want to add. This is probably the simplest and the best pizza I've ever made. I love that it is not packed with lots of different ingredients and it's so cheesy and garlicky. Smoked paprika makes it heavenly. I've been using smoked paprika everywhere recently - with potatoes, rice, stews, stir-fry, etc. It's so good. And the last thing - the crust. You probably noticed that I combined dried yeast and baking powder. Nobody does that. Maybe you shouldn't do that. I don't really know why I did that. But the crust came out so chewy and so delicious that I don't think I'll ever be making it any other way. I didn't even let it rise. Just for 10-15 minutes maybe. And it still came out perfect.

White Onion Garlic Pizza 

Crust
125g / 1 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp instant yeast
80ml / 1/3 cup warm water
oil, to coat

Topping
2 tbsp oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions (150g / 5.2oz) , thinly sliced
pinch salt

5 slices your favorite cheese (100g / 3.5oz)
pinch of smoked paprika
pinch of dried oregano

1) In a medium bowl, combine together flour, salt,baking powder and instant yeast. Add water and mix with a spoon. Start kneading the dough. Knead until very smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Form the dough into the ball and place in an oiled bowl. Make sure the whole dough is coated with oil. Cover with a plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place while you prepare the topping.

2) Preheat oven to 200C / 400F (grill function) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

3) In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add onions, garlic ans salt and fry until softened and golden brown.

4) Transfer the pizza dough to a surface and shape the dough into a disk, pressing down with your fingertips. If it sticks to the surface, sprinkle some flour to prevent it from sticking, however, I did not need to do that.

5) Transfer the dough onto the baking tray. Arrange cheese and onion mixture on top of it. You may first put cheese or onions. I've tried both options and both worked really well. If you put cheese on top, it browns nicely and onions remain soft covered with cheese. If you choose to put onions over the cheese, they may become slightly crunchy. Dust with smoked paprika and dried oregano.

6) Bake until nicely brown on top. Baking time is up to you. If you like a softer dough, it will only take a few minutes.

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