By Rita Arora  |  21st Jun 2016  |  
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    About Calzone Recipe

    Homemade Italian Calzones are stuffed pizzas (crescent shaped), normally served as such.


    Ingredients to make Calzone

    • For the calzone:
    • 1 1/4 cup warm water (not hot)
    • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast or one packet
    • 2 teaspoon sugar
    • 3 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour or maida
    • 1 medium bell pepper or capsicum, chopped
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 10 to 15 button mushrooms, washed well and chopped
    • 2 green chillies, chopped
    • 1/2 cupolives, sliced
    • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
    • For the Pizza sauce:
    • 6 tomatoes, cut into quarters
    • 2 onions, peeled and cut into big chunks
    • 2 green chillies or jalapenos, slit
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 cup tomato pureeor paste
    • 1/2teaspoondried oregano leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
    • salt to taste

    How to make Calzone

    1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast along with the sugar. Add the warm water and mix gently. Cover and let it proof for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is active and good, it will bubble and froth. Now add the olive oil, salt and 3 or more cups of flour. Mix well to form a soft dough and knead for about 2 to 3 minutes. Place the dough in a greased or oiled bowl, roll it to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl and place in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 2 hours
    2. Now in a pressure cooker, place the tomatoes, onions, and green chillies and give one whistle. Remove and blend it to a smooth paste with the garlic. Pour this into a deep pan, add the tomato puree or paste, salt, oregano and Italian seasoning, mix well and bring to boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Centigrade. Take 2 inch balls of the dough and roll into a medium thin circle. On one-half of the circle, layer the bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, green chillies, olives and cheese.
    4. Divide the fillings among the calzones. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and seal the edges. Place the uncooked calzones onto greased baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes till they are well baked and light golden brown.
    5. You can brush the top of the calzones with any olive oil before baking; these give a brown crust. Serve these warm calzones with the hot prepared sauce on the side.

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