Sunday, June 13, 2010

Am back with some Calzones...

I'm back from a rather long unplanned break from blogging. Was on a month-long vacation and after I got back, it was just too much lethargy to get back to blogging. I cooked a lot, but taking pictures and writing about it seemed like too much effort...
Met up with cousins after a long time, and had a wonderful time together. The kids got along fabulously which was the best part of it all...

We also travelled out to see places and on our visit to Niagara, my cousins from Canada came down to meet us..It was unusually cold out there with rains and crazy wind speeds.. We were cold, tired from the long walk around the falls and really hungry. We then drove down to a lovely Italian restaurant. As we waited to be seated I saw these awesome calzones being served at a few tables. They were huge, compared to the ones I've seen here in India..We ordered for those calzones, pizza, salad and pasta and some really good wine for dinner..

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It was a wonderful meal before we headed back into the rains outside..That day turned out to be a little too adventurous, with the fire alarms at the place we stayed going off way past midnight and the hotel being evacuated..We stood holding our son, who was fast asleep, for over an hour in the cold outside..The next day was better, still cold and windy, but we enjoyed seeing the falls..It is really mindblowing seeing the force of all that water...

Now we are back home, and I was still thinking of those calzones and decided to make them last night for dinner..The ones we had there just had a whole lot of cheese as the filling..I looked around in the blogosphere and saw this one on Raaga's blog. She made it seem pretty simple and it was ! Thanks Raaga for a wonderful dinner idea !

I followed the recipe for the dough from Raaga's with a few changes, and for the filling I made some mushrooms in white sauce...

What you need -

For the dough

1.5 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup flour / maida
1.5 tbsp yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp thyme (use any herb here)
1/2 tsp crushed pepper
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk

For the filling

1 cup cleaned and quartered mushrooms
1 tsp flour / maida
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 cup milk
2-3 tbsp grated cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp peri peri sauce (optional - i used it to make it spicy)

What you do with it -

For the dough

In a large bowl, add the water, milk, oil and sugar
Stir to make the sugar dissolve
Sprinkle the yeast (I used the active dry yeast) and keep in a warm place for about 10 mins till it gets frothy
Add the herbs, salt, pepper and chilli flakes
Knead in the flours and place in a greased bowl, keep for about an hour in a warm place
Cover with a damp cotton cloth
The dough should double in size, keep longer if required

For the filling

Saute the mushrooms with the salt and spices
In another pan, melt the butter and fry the flour in it for a minute or so
Add the milk and then stir in the cheese
Add the mushrooms to this. Keep stirring on a low flame till it thickens
Add more milk if required

Making the calzone

Punch the dough and keep aside for another 15 mins
Preheat the oven to about 200 deg C
Divide the dough into equal sized balls
Flour the surface and roll out the dough
Add the filling in one half and then cover with the other half
Punch the edges down with a fork and then make small slits on the top
Place in a greased oven pan and bake for about 20-25 mins at 200 deg C
Serve hot

13 comments:

Parita said...

Calzone looks so delicious!
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, i m so glad you love the methi thepla :)

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

this calzone looks very different from pizza hut calzones..must be the fillings..looks yummy

Vinita said...

What a coincidence. We were at the Niagara too (on the canadian side)But the weather was pretty warm. How was it cold and raining at this time? We ate at that Italian place next to the shawarma place and the food was good. Where did you guys eat?

Nags said...

this look so pro Arch! way to go :)

Asha said...

Welcome back Arch. Calzones look perfect, my kids love them with meat filling. Good one.

Usha said...

Welcome back Arch ! The calzones look fabulous, loved the spices in the filling....

A_and_N said...

Wow! They look professional like Nags said.

And what is peri peri sauce!?

Miri said...

Welcome back!! :) Glsd you had a good break!

The calzones look awesome - and so filling...btw, the one thing you should have got for yourself while in the US was fast action yeast - one of my friends has sent across some of her stash and its mind boggling how the dough rises!

BTW, nice new look :)
Miri

Miri said...

Welcome back!! :) Glsd you had a good break!

The calzones look awesome - and so filling...btw, the one thing you should have got for yourself while in the US was fast action yeast - one of my friends has sent across some of her stash and its mind boggling how the dough rises!

BTW, nice new look :)
Miri

Kay said...

Ohhh I'd kill for one of those right now!

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Rana Sinha said...

Looks irresistible! Thanks for sharing.

Prathima Rao said...

Mouthwatering & irresistible calzones!!! Glad you had a fun vacation :)
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