Cook's Hideout: Easy to make Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings

May 11, 2016

Easy to make Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings

Blogging Marathon# 64: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Cook from 1 European Cuisine -- Italian
Dish: Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings
Pizza is probably the most popular Italian dish all over the world. Each country conveniently customized the toppings to appeal to the local tastes -- like the spicy toppings in India and the extra cheesy toppings in America. But from what I heard, Italian pizzas are not overloaded with cheese or toppings and are usually made with light and refreshing tomato sauce instead of a slow simmered heavy tomato sauce that the American pizzas tend to use.
Easy Pizza
I've a few pizza recipes on the blog already, but wanted to try a new pizza crust recipe from King Arthur flour. They say this is the 'easiest pizza you will ever make'. After making it I can assure you that it is in fact very easy to make this pizza.
Easy Pizza
I set out to make it one Saturday for lunch and invited my sister's family over. So now to the easy part, all I had to do was make the simple dough and the toppings ahead of time; when it was time to eat, I just baked the pizzas with everyone's favorite toppings.
Easy to make Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings
I tried a few classic Italian vegetarian toppings like: Grated mozzarella and caramelized onions; grilled eggplant, grated cheese and cherry tomato; grated cheese and baby arugula (make sure to put the greens right after the pizza comes out of the oven, otherwise they will burn) and of course grated cheese and pizza sauce for the kids.
Easy to make Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings
The cool thing about making your own pizza is that you can use as little or as much toppings as you like. But just make sure not to tell the kids that they are going to have homemade pizza for lunch before hand, they will make the whole process seem loooooonger by asking 'is it ready yet?' a million times :-)
Easy Pizza

Recipe from King Arthur Flour:

Easy Pizza Dough (Makes 3~4 12" pizzas and serves 6~8 people)
  • 3cups All purpose flour
  • 2½~3cups Wholewheat flour (or simply use a total of 5½~6cups of all purpose flour)
  • 1tbsp Instant Yeast
  • 1tbsp Sugar
  • 1tbsp Salt
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2tbsp Pizza Dough flavor, optional
  • 2cups Lukewarm Water
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2~3cups Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1cup Pizza Sauce
  1. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer, combine 5½ cups of flour(s), yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil, pizza dough flavor (is using) and the water.
  2. Mix and knead until a smooth and elastic dough forms, about 7~9 minutes.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let it rise for 1~2 hours, depending on your schedule.
  4. In the meantime, get the toppings ready.
  5. Caramelize the Onions: Heat 1tbsp oil in a nonstick pan and add the onions and salt; Cook on medium flame, stirring frequently, until nicely caramelized. Season with salt & pepper. Keep ready.
  6. Cook the eggplant: In another large nonstick pan, shallow fry the eggplant slices until golden brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and keep ready.
  7. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  8. Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 4 pieces, for medium crust pizzas or 3 pieces for thicker pieces. Roll each piece, on a floured surface, into a 12" circle. If the dough doesn't stretch that easily, then let the dough rest to relax it and make it more cooperative.
  9. Place the rolled pizzas on baking sheets or on a pizza stone. Cover and set aside for 15~20 minutes.
  10. Brush the crust with little olive oil; spread pizza sauce over the surface and top with grated cheese and your favorite toppings. For the caramelized onions pizza, pizza sauce is usually not added, but it's your choice.
  11. For the eggplant pizza, sprinkle the cheese on the base, arrange the eggplant slices and cherry tomatoes on top.
  12. Bake the pizzas for 12~16 minutes, until they're golden, the toppings are hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool for about 5~10 minutes, slice and serve.
Easy to make Pizza Dough with Italian Vegetarian toppings

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 64.


  1. This calls for a Pizza party Pavani. I am book marking this for later use. Can t wait to get an oven and a mixer. I suggest you make many more mini pizzas with different combos and post them. Happy baking dear.

  2. Oh I so love the entire post!..looks awesome Pavani..and yes I agree on the not telling part to the kids..mine does it all the time...

  3. Totally customized pizza! I love your list of toppings - very creative

  4. Wow wat a fabulous toppings, even i do prepare my pizza dough this way, excellent post.

  5. Topping sounds innovative and great Pavani.The last click is so tempting.

  6. My mouth is watering. Can't wait to try this over the weekend! thanks sharing.

    The How to Guru {shan walker

  7. This looks amazing!!! The toppings are very unique! I will be pinning to use later...probably today:)

  8. Itsbeen ages since I have made pizza at home. You are inspiring me big time now :-)

  9. Feeling hungry now....going to kitchen to get something to eat :)

  10. All the pizzas look awesome Pavani. The one with caramelised onion and cheese is the winner.

  11. Very very innovative ,ever since we started the pizza outlet I have stopped making them at home . Now you are tempting me to try them at home .

  12. Absolutely love the caramelized onions and eggplant topping. Looks so delicious.

  13. Interesting toppings in the pizza Pavani.

  14. Absoluteness awesome. I love it.

  15. nice the way you detailed different toppings


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