Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tropical Hawaiian Pizza

When I was growing up in Singapore, having pizza is a huge deal. This is because anything Western seemed high class, and was not easy to find and was also expensive. The only pizza place we had was Pizza Hut, and the only reason us kids knew about it was because they had the most catchy ads on TV (remember 2353535? That was the phone number for Pizza Hut.)

Anyway, on that rare occasion we ordered pizza, it was from Pizza Hut (I know... I cringe at that thought now too, but seriously, that was the only option we had back in the early 90s.) and it was a $30 a pizza! For some reason, people never order cheese pizzas, ever. We had the Super Supreme (beef, pepperoni, onions, green peppers), various other meat variations of the Super Supreme (mostly chicken, sometimes curry chicken) and the Hawaiian (ham and pineapple, sometimes salami). As a kid, the thought of having green peppers and onions was the most revolting thing ever, so we only ever had Hawaiian.

Ahh, the Hawaiian - my childhood pizza. These days, I'd pick the supreme. A pizza with peppers and onions seem so good. Also, my favorite pizza in the world is even more atas. It has goat cheese - whoah! Low and behold, meet my favorite pizza, the caramelized onion and sausage pizza with goat cheese. It is to die for!

Ingredients for dough (2 servings) 

  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons yeast 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella or whatever you like)
  • 1 can pineapple, diced
  • 300g ham (whatever kind you like)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (I cooked down my pasta sauce so it is not so watery, but store-bought pizza sauce is fine.)

  • In a bowl, mix the yeast and warm water, and let stand for 10 minutes. (It should be slightly frothy by then.)
  • Add flour, salt, sugar and oil, and knead into a dough. Form the dough into a ball and cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise for 45 minutes to an hour, until the dough has doubled in size.

  • Punch down the dough and knead it again.
  • Cut the dough into two balls and form one pizza crust from each ball.

  • Roll out one of the dough balls into a circle.
  • Add about 1/2 cup pizza sauce to the dough.

  • Top with ham (we bought an assorted pack) and pineapples.

  • Top with about 1 cup of cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for between 8-10 minutes (varies based on the oven.)
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!

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