A simple homemade pizza

Homemade pizza (photo by the author)

Hi everybody! I used to make this pizza during my teenage years, back in the 1980s! It is a really simple recipe, which I hope you will like.

The following ingredients should be enough for a 9 inch x 12 inch rectangular Pyrex (approx. 22cm x 30cm). Funny story: My 7 years old story sees the pizza and says to me: “Daddy, this is not a pizza. It’s not round!” :-) So, if you want to avoid such comments, you may choose to use a round pizza pan!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2–3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 200 grams edam cheese (shredded)
  • 100 grams halloumi (Cyprus cheese)
  • 75 grams lountza (about 5 slices cut in 2cm squares) [lountza is a Cyprus traditional delicacy, made of dried smoked pork]. Alternatively you can substitute with ham.
  • 2 sliced green and/or colored sweet peppers
  • 50 grams of sliced mushroom buttons
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • dried oregano

Let’s start making our pizza

We will start with the dough, as it needs to ‘rest’ for at least half hour. In a bowl mix together the 2 cups of flour with olive oil, salt, yogurt and (only if necessary) add water. Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. Then, flatten the dough ball. Roll the dough in a plate with the sesame seeds. Stretch it out into the lightly greased pyrex or pizza pan.

Combine the ketchup with the tomato juice and spread it on top of the dough. Then, combine the cheese with the halloumi and spread that on top of the tomato sauce. Then you are free to arrange the other toppings onto your pizza as you like: usually I put the peppers and mushrooms first, followed by the ham or lountza. Finish by drizzling some tomato juice and dried oregano. Bake at 200 C (390 F) for about 30 minutes. Let it cool for 5–10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!

Note: It tastes even better the next day! I remember myself waking up and grabbing a cold slice of pizza for breakfast, before going to school. But again, like I said, those were my teenage years :-)

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