Netherlands Feature: Assorted Homemade Pizza Breads
Winter is here! And in The Netherlands that means either a soft winter or a harsh one! We simply don’t know what we can expect until it happens (typical Dutch weather)
Me and my family live in the harbor capital of Europe Rotterdam where we overlook The Meuse (Maas) river and watch countless freight and passenger ships pass by our house on a daily basis. My inspiration for cooking usually starts out at the Saturday fruit and vegetables market in the center of Rotterdam. This is where it all happens! The smell and freshness of all the wonderful fruits, vegetables and famous Dutch cheeses being sold. It really is an amazing place! Here, I let my senses go wild and trigger the various inspirations on the fly and I decide right there and then what it is that i will be cooking for dinner tonight!
Our two year old son Noah is with us the entire time and engages in the market activity as well bagging the goods, helping weigh it and paying for it. He really loves to be involved. Noah has been helping me out since he was about 20 months or so and has been part of my creative cooking /baking process ever since.
For today s dinner I have decided to bake Assorted Pizza breads. I’ve used several types of ingredients so everyone can have his favorite one. The base for all the assorted pizzas is tomato sauce, red onions and 2 kinds of cheese. ( mozzarella and Dutch cheese both grated.)
After I’ve prepared the pizza dough, Noah jumps in and helps me roll out the dough. After this is will split the dough in half and start rolling the dough in 8 balls. I’ve rolled each ball of dough very thin.
I gave Noah his own ball of dough to see how he reacts to it, and to my surprise he reached out to use the dough cutter to started on his own creation. I really love to see him in action and of course capture every minute of it!
Here you’ll find the recipe and instructions for the assorted pizza breads below. I’ve made different variation styles of crusts to give them all a distinct character and unique look!
Check out Sonia’s work on her two Instagram Feeds!
- PIZZA DOUGH
- 5 Cups - Flour
- 1 Tablespoon - Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon - Salt
- 2 Cups - Water
- 8 Tablespoons - Sunflower Oil
- Tomato Sauce
- Red Onions
- Garlic, chopped
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- 2 Kinds of cheese Mozzarella and Dutch Cheese, both grated
- Red jalapeños
- Turkish Garlic Sausages
- French Cilantro, chopped
- PIZZA DOUGH
- Add 5 cups flour, 1 tablespoon of salt with 8 tablespoons of sunflower oil and mix well in Kitchen Aid with a dough hook
- Mix the warm water and yeast and let sit 5 minutes until yeast proofs
- Add the proofed yeast into the mixture and knead until smooth
- Remove dough from bowl and add more flour as needed (a little at a time) to alleviate the stickiness of the dough if needed. I add a few Tablespoons usually
- Split dough in half and roll each ball ( 8 ) of dough very thin and place on greased pan or on baking paper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (or 200 degrees Celsius)
- PIZZA TIME!
- Now comes the fun part! Top your pizza dough bread however you would like. Be sure and leave a ¾-inch space on the edge for crust. I’ve made variations styles of crusts, braided ones, swirled ones and I’ve also cut out stars to decorate the pizza bread
- Before putting the pizza breads in the oven, i always drizzle them with olive oil
- Bake each pizza bread separately at 400 degrees F (200 degrees Celsius) for 20-25 minutes
- Let the pizza breads cool and decorate them with fresh chopped Cilantro for an extra flavor! Enjoy!!
My name is Sonia, everyone calls me Son, I live in the Netherlands and my profession is in Dentistry I’ve worked for many years as a dental hygienist. But when I became a mother I’ve chosen to be at home, I didn’t want to miss out on my son growing up. Around the same time I’ve developed a huge passion for cooking and baking! I’ve started to test out online recipes and with time I involved my little one in my baking scene as well. I'm also a food photographer and love to share my captured moments on my Instagram feed. @capturedthemoments_ About a year ago I’ve started a hash tag #wimfdt (what I’m making for dinner tonight) and a food blog account called @whatimmakingfordinner_ it’s a food blog with creations from friends all around the world! It helps people to inspire what to cook or bake next for their dinner! It has become a lot of fun ever since!