Stopped working since April and resumed the life of a housewife. Although I had been cooking about three times per week, but the dishes I attempted were just ordinary simple daily dishes to fill up my husband’s stomach. 😛
The real interest to cook and try something new only started again recently. Last week, I had made a roast herb chicken breast with carrot and corn. Yesterday, I made this quick, short-cut pizza.
- pastry sheet as the base
- ham (sliced)
- broccoli florets cut to smaller pieces
- green capsicum (diced)
- tomato (diced)
- HP brown sauce
- Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
(I’m not giving any measurement here, as I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s all up to you whatever and however much you want to put. )
- Apply a thin layer of HP brown sauce on the pastry sheet.
- Place the ham slices, broccoli, tomato and capsicum on the sheet.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper onto your beautiful pizza arrangement . Then add the cheese topping.
- Bake in the oven at 180-190 degree Celsius for about 20 minutes. Do adjust accordingly to the type of base and toppings you are using.
I call this a ‘short-cut’ as in I did not make my own pizza dough, but instead used a all-purpose whole wheat pastry sheet as the base. However, I find that things labeled as ‘all-purpose’ are usually not that nice. 😉
The pastry I managed to buy from the supermarket (which I figured is not the best place to look for Western recipes ingredients) is not thick, so I expected the base to be thin and crisp when out of the oven when baked according to the instructions on the packaging, i.e. to bake for 8-10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
However, the pastry was not evenly dried up despite baking for about 20 minutes (more than what the instruction stated). In fact, certain parts of the pastry was still soggy. For this, I blamed the instructions on the packaging. Well, it didn’t tell me to check my oven manual so that I would use the right setting to bake a pizza!
Lesson learnt – I should always refer back to the oven manual to confirm the settings and the position to place the tray before baking.
The toppings were okay though, as I was quite generous with the ham. It would have been even better if I were also more generous in the cheese topping. 😛
Well, consider it a healthy pizza then. Overall, I was happy with my first attempt in making a ‘modified’ version of pizza. A satisfying dinner nevertheless. <3
And, for the portion that we were not able to finish, it became our breakfast this morning, after adding a poached egg on top. Yummy!