Recipe video: How to make Calzone

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe video. A few days ago, we finally got down to shooting a casual one as we cooked up an evening snack. Calzones. Folded pizzas. Take a look!

This simple dish is quickly becoming the family’s favorite for a lazy Sunday brunch because it’s a nice alternative to pizzas, and the way I do it, they’re no stress at all. I’ve shot for a veggie version here but you could just as well use shredded chicken or leftover lamb or even leaftover curry! Here’s the recipe:

Calzones

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp. instant or fresh yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (more, as needed)
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Ingredients for the stuffing:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped roughly
  • 2 onions, chopped roughly
  • 3 bell peppers, cubed
  • 3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 6-8 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 cup cheese (I used a mixture of mozzarella and aged cheddar), grated
  • 1 egg, beaten (optional)

Method:

  1. To make the dough, mix the yeast, sugar and lukewarm water together and leave to rest in a warm spot for 10 minutes until the yeast froths up.
  2. Place the flour in a mixing bowl and add the yeast mixture. Knead to a soft dough.
  3. Now add the olive oil and knead until you have a silky and soft dough. Cover and leave covered in a warm spot until double in size.
  4. Meanwhile, make the stuffing. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a pan and add the garlic and onions. Saute until translucent.
  5. Add the peppers and saute until slightly softened. Tip in the tomatoes and add salt and chili flakes. Spoon in the tomato ketchup and mix well. Cook for two minutes until combined.
  6. Tear in some basil leaves and stir to finish. Turn off the heat.
  7. Divide the dough into eight equal balls. Flatten each ball onto a floured working surface and roll out into circles about 7-8 inches in diameter.
  8. Spoon in some of the mixture (about 2 tbsp. ) on one half of the circle. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top and fold over.
  9. Using a fork, seal the edges.
  10. Brush with beaten egg, if using.
  11. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 200 degree centigrade for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  12. Serve hot!

Comments (4)

  1. chitra March 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hi, nice blog,,,,was wondering if you have any other option at step 10 .A pure veggie’s request 🙂

  2. Nancy Desai March 14, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Hello there! Just the recipe I was looking for. Thank you!
    A few questions, if I may? Instant yeast is the same as dry yeast? If I am using
    instant yeast should I add the same quantiy? Second, can I substitute it with wheat flour? Lastly, can I brush it with butter before baking, will it make the outer crust flaky or crispy? I am a novice baker.. Hence some silly, simple questions. Pls excuse. Also are you in Mumbai? Will make this & ppass on the feed back.

    • admin March 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Nancy!
      Instant yeast is a fast acting form of dry yeast–the grains are very small, like tiny poppy seeds. The dry yeast we get in India is not as potent–it looks like mustard seeds, but it does not ferment well. Instant yeast is available at most gourmet food stores.
      You could also substitute with wheat flour–but I recommend using 50-50 wheat flour and maida. If you are new to baking bread, start with maida–it is more encouraging!
      You could brush with butter before baking. It will make the crust crisp. And yes, I am in Mumbai. 🙂

  3. Amita March 18, 2013 at 4:20 am

    In love with the Myjhola videos! lovely!

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