Hi everyone. Ever since we’ve been in Korea we’ve been experiencing a lot of different kinds of foods and different ways of making old favourites. For example, Korean pizza’s often have honey, potato, sweet-potato and even nuts on it. One of my favourite pizza’s here are the Waikiki Pizza from 7th Street Pizza. Since it was a little overcast and rainy this weekend I was in the mood for homemade pizza, with a lovely thick crust, so I decided to try making my own Waikiki Pizza.
I used my trusty homemade pizza dough. I love this one because it rises a lot and make a wonderfully fluffy pizza base. The dough takes about 2 and a half hours to get ready but the cooking time is only 12-15 minutes. I also coated the dough with olive oil as this stops the dough from becoming soggy once you add the toppings.
For the Waikiki pizza, I added some ham, sliced sausages, pineapple pieces, mushrooms, red peppers and some macadamia nuts. the only mistake I made was being overly generous with the nuts making the pizza a little oily.
My husband loved it however but I think next time I’ll use less nuts. I also made a sauce with cream cheese and cream that I popped in an icing bag and ‘iced’ over the pizza. For the sauce I mixed one tub of onion flavoured cream cheese with 1 tablespoon cream to make it more spreadable.
INGREDIENTS ( Makes 2 pizza’s) Serves 4-6
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 1 and 1/3 cups (320ml) warm water (105-115F degrees)
- 3 and 1/2 cups (440g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil, plus more for brushing crust
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
- cornmeal, for dusting
- Spices of your choice
- 1/2 cup Pizza sauce
- 1/4 cup sweet chilly sauce
- 4 slices of sliced ham
- 4 sausages
- 4 pineapple rings
- 6 mushrooms
- 2 sweet red peppers
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup grated cheese ( I used Colby Jack)
THE PIZZA DOUGH
- Proof the yeast. You do this by adding the yeast to warm water and mix it a little with a fork or spoon. Make sure the water is not too hot. Leave it for 5 minutes until it has dissolved and looks foamy.
- After 5 minutes, mix the flour, olive oil, salt and sugar together in a bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, you can use the hook attachment to mix the dough on medium for one minute. I mixed it by hand so I used a wooden spoon until it was smooth and elastic. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Knead the mixture for 7 minutes. Your dough should spring back when you poke it.
- Coat a bowl with olive oil.
- Once the dough has been mixed, roll it into a ball and place it inside the oil coated bowl. Cover lightly and place in the oven to rise ( or in a hot area in your house) Leave it to rise for about 2 hours. It should be almost double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 475F degrees. It should heat for about 30 minutes before baking.
- Punch your dough to release the air.
- Divide the dough into two equal balls. Cover lightly and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Prepare your toppings.
- Coat your pizza pan with olive oil. Then dust with spices and flour or cornmeal ( cornmeal works better)
- Shape your pizza ball into a pizza. You can do this on a silicon mat or inside the pan.
- Brush with olive oil and leave for 15 minutes. The olive oil stops your dough from becoming soggy when adding your toppings and sauce.
- Add your toppings starting with the pizza or pasta sauce.
- Then bake for 12- 15 minutes. Just before removing the pizza from the oven, grill the top of the pizza for 2 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!