Jul 16, 2012

Mini Pizza Swirls

Pizza Dough / Pizza Base

Recipe from Australian Women’s Weekly (April 2010). This homemade pizza dough will make 10 mini pizza swirls.


Combine 1 teaspoon ( 5 g) dried yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and ¼ cup warm water (50 ml), and stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until frothy and well risen.

Sift 1 cup / 200 g (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) bread flour or plain flour, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the yeast mixture into the well and mix to form a soft dough. Add 1 – 2 tablespoon water if required when making dough.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth (dough and the wet cloth should not touch each other) and leave in a warm spot until it has doubled in size (approximately 1 – 1 1/2 hours).

Punch the dough down with your fist on a floured surface to remove the air, then knead it lightly. Divide it into balls and roll it out to the size you require for veg and non veg pizza / mini pizza swirls..

For the tomato sauce:

2 teaspoon cooking oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

100 ml tomato puree

2 tablespoon tomato sauce

½ teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon pepper powder


Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and fry on a medium heat for 1 minute. Add tomato puree, tomato sauce, sugar, salt to taste, oregano and pepper powder. Stir all the ingredients well and cook on a very low heat for 3 – 4 minutes until thickens. Switch off the heat and keep aside to cool for 15 – 20 minutes or until room temperature.

For the topping:

2 tablespoon grated mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoon very finely chopped onion

2 tablespoon very finely chopped capsicum (yellow / red / green)

Final preparation:

Sprinkle some dry flour and roll pizza dough into a sheet of 25 cm in length and 20 cm in width. Spread tomato sauce mixture evenly from top to end. Sprinkle topping ingredients (chopped capsicum, cheese and onion or paneer / any veg or non veg spicy topping / leftover curried egg / chicken pieces of your choice). Roll from one end to another. Now the roll is cylindrical in shape (gently make a perfect cylindrical shape)and cut into 1 ½ or 2 – inch pieces.

Preheat oven (OTG) at 180 * C or 350 * F.

Grease a baking tray with ½ teaspoon oil. Arrange rolls / swirls in a baking tray and bake for 15 – 18 minutes until golden color. Remove from oven and gently apply butter (optional) on top of the rolls (with the help of a brush). Serve hot with mayonnaise or any dip or with tea / coffee/ coke.


Vimitha Durai said...

I am craving for these now... Yummmm

Stella said...

Failed to make the twirls but made mini pizzas instead for my kids' class party. This was my first attempt making pizza and they came out delicious. Pizza base was the best. Thanks niya