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Quick home made pizza

July 25, 2011

Summer is in full swing in Dubai. It’s hot out there. Too hot for kids to play outside, too hot for walks, too hot to breath. Being here at this time of the year means that the kids have to stay indoors for most of the time. We go swimming early in the morning or early evening. The pools are chilled here during the summer months, otherwise it will be like swimming in warm soup.

Everything here during the summer needs to be done in an air conditioned environment. Not great I know, but that’s life in the Middle East. Of course having the kids all day also means that they also need constant feeding. My kids eat well, but they are also constantly in search of something to eat. Pizza is of course every child’s dream food. I am not big on pizza take out, except from a select few places. Pizza from so called pizza restaurants (you know the usual suspects), is not fit for human consumption. They are full of fat and added ingredients that I think anyone that knows a little about food quality would never think about putting into their own bodies, not to mention into the growing bodies of children. Apart from all that, they just taste of saturated fat and processed cheese. Yuk!

Now, there was a time that I made the entire pizza from scratch. If there is time and it’s planned I still do. Pizza dough needs time to rise though and of course there are times when you need pizza now, not in a couple of hours. For an almost instant pizza fix there is nothing that beats arab bread as a pizza base. Of course you could use pita bread too. Here in Dubai, we have arab bread galore! I have used the spongy type in the past and the really flat type that you see in the photographs. Both work really well. I always keep a few packets of arab bread in the freezer. They’re great with hommos, they’re great with fillings and toppings and of course for instant pizzas. This is the ultimate fast food for both kids and adults alike. Even The Italian approves.

What you need:

Arab bread for the bases.  As many as you like depending on the size of your bread and the number of people you are feeding.

Pureed tomatoes. I use those boxes of crushed tomatoes by Pomi. Or you can make your own tomato sauce.

Your preferred toppings: mushrooms, olives, anchovy or salami. Whatever you like really. I simply used pitted green olives.

Mozzarella cheese.

Fresh or dried oregano. Or fresh basil works beautifully too.

Olive oil.

Salt and pepper.

To make them:

Pre heat your oven to the hottest it can go.

Lay your bread bases on baking tray or sheet. Top the bases with the tomato, spreading it out with the back of a spoon. Use a good quantity so the base is properly covered. Keep the tomato about 5mm from the edge of the base,

Top the tomato with your topping. I placed my pitted olives on top.

Sprinkle your herbs over.

Drizzle some olive oil all over the pizza.

Top with mozzarella cheese. The secret of real Italian pizza is not to drown the pizza with cheese, but to let the flavour of the tomatoes and topping come through. The cheese should never over power the pizza.

Pop your pizzas into the hot oven. As soon as the cheese is melted and beginning to take colour, remove the pizza from the oven. You do not want the cheese to burn and go brown.

Let it cool. Slice if you want to and eat. You could even serve it with some salad, although I don’t think that would be popular with the children. It isn’t with mine.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    Thanks for the visit. Loved your Pizza idea and it looks good too.

  2. July 25, 2011 4:10 PM

    Love arabic bread for a variety of reasons but never tried it as a pizza base. Thansk for the idea!

  3. July 25, 2011 5:43 PM

    What a great idea to use arabic bread – will keep this in mind the next time I need pizza in a pinch.

  4. September 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    Great idea to use Arabic bread as the base for your pizza, they look delicious.

  5. September 7, 2011 11:53 AM

    I also like the idea of the Arabic bread as a pizza base. I just have to look where I can get some or I have to look for a good recipe 🙂

    • September 7, 2011 12:38 PM

      In Dubai they are readily available at all supermarkets. Elsewhere you may be able to find pita bread, or even a plain naan bread will do.

      • September 7, 2011 1:44 PM

        I live in Munich, Germany. But a lot of people from the Middle East live here. Maybe I find it in an Arabic supermarket, I’m excited about all kinds of variations of the ‘typical’ pizza!

  6. October 9, 2011 9:58 AM

    I do this all the time. One of favorite ways to use Arabic bread. So versatile!

    • October 9, 2011 11:25 AM

      It’s so quick and easy. Unfortunately since then things have got a little more complicated since my son now has gluten allergy. I will be posting a gluten -free pizza recipe shortly.

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