Polenta Pizza Base
by Tarla Dalal
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An innovative base made using the polenta. Polenta is a cornmeal porridge that is the traditional dish of northern italy.
- Put 3/4 cup of water to boil along with the butter, chilli powder and salt.
- When the water boils, add the maize flour and mix well with a wooden spoon or whisk.
- Cook for some time on a low flame, whisking continuously all the times till the mixture thickens.
- Remove from the fire and cool.
- Sieve the flour, add the prepared polenta, yeast, sugar and enough water to make a soft dough. Knead till it is smooth and elastic.
- Cover with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes).
- Press the dough lightly to remove the air.
- Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
- Roll each portion into a circle of 250 mm. (10") diameter and 6 mm. (1/4") thickness.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 3 to 4 minutes. Use as required
- Maize flour is made by coarsely milling dried corn. Maize flour or cornmeal is coarse, grainy and pale yellow in texture.
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