Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Homemade calzone

Now, I'd like to say that this photo doesn't show how delicious this is. So don't judge by the photo! Let your taste buds do the judging!

Ok, so for the dough:
250ml of warm water
half a tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fast action dried yeast
Approximately 400g plain flour

1) put warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Add sugar and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, until the yeast activates and foams. Add the salt and oil.
2)Gradually add in flour as stirring the mixture. (The original recipe said 240g of flour, but I found this to be way to little. Hence why I said approximately 400g. I keep adding flour until I feel like I want to touch it, until its not possible to stir it anymore).
3)Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Keep sieving flour over it whenever it feels sticky. It should be super soft when you knead it, very elastic, and shouldn't rip when you stretch it.
4) Put it into a floured bowl, and let it rise for about an hour at room temperature, or 5 hours in the fridge.
5) place on a floured surface and knead it gently to knock the air out of it.
6) half the dough. Its plenty for two pizzas, or in this case two calzones :)

Now for the filling. I did this while the dough was rising.
2 tablespoons of olive oil (and oil for frying)
2 small red onions, chopped
1 aubergine,cubed
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
50g (drained weight) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
125g mozzarella cheese, cubed
splash of red wine if you have it
salt and pepper to season

1) heat some oil in a pan. Add the red onions and fry until soft.
2) add the aubergine, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, and seasoning.
3) cook for 4-5 minutes, until the aubergine is beginning to soften, stirring frequently.
4) I felt it was a bit dry, it needed a bit more moisture. I added a generous splash of red wine, and put it back on the heat until there wasn't any liquid at the bottom of the pan.

Ok, now back to the  pizza dough!
1) Once its halved, roll each half out to about 9-10 inches.
2)Divide the filling mixture between the two, spreading over one half of each pizza base. Add the mozzarella on top of the filling.
3)Dampen the edges of the pizza bases with water, and fold over the dough to cover the filling. Press around the edges to seal it. Like a pastie :)
4)Place the calzones onto a greased baking sheet.
5)Brush the calzones with half a tablespoon of olive oil each. Make a small hole in each calzone to let steam out.
6)Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden in an oven preheated to 220'C.
7)Remove from the oven, and brush with olive oil again. Serve!

Delicious! Though we each had to leave half as we were so full! Oh well, left overs for tea tomorrow night! :D Calzone is such a great idea as there are so many things you could try as a filling!
If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)
Jellybean x


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