Is it pizza? Or is it muffin? … It’s a pizza-muffin!

Everybody loves pizza! And everybody loves muffin! So why not combine the two delicious treats into one?!

You can always make the good old-fashioned pizza shape and still enjoy the lovely taste. But if you are looking for something more creative, more different or just like to experiment with different shapes and methods why not try to bake single mini pizza-muffins?

It’s easy, looks cute and it still tastes the same but the shape makes it a lot more easier to pack it as a snack and take it wherever you go. You can’t go wrong with this easy recipe… except maybe with the dough. But once you learn how to make basic pizza dough, which by the way is super easy, you will be able to make your own freshly baked mouth-watering pizza or pizza-muffins. Just imagine going for a picnic with your friends with a basket full of tempting mini pizzas or you can make them for a Sunday brunch. You can even play with different pizza toppings and sauces that you like. You can use your imagination and create your own favourite version. So many different options.

Here are the ingredients:

For the pizza dough:

500 g. white flour

1 sachet of dry east (7 g.)

325 ml. lukewarm water

pinch of salt

pinch of sugar

For the filling:

240 g. sliced Chorizo or Pepperoni salami

250 g. sliced Emmental cheese

Pizza sauce

Let’s get started!

Start with sieving the flour. You can skip that part but if you sieve it before you start it will aerate the flour and make it lighter and fluffier. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and stir in until it’s dissolved.

Put the flour in a bowl and mix in the salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the water and yeast mixture. Add the sugar and stir everything together with a wooden spoon. Mix until it comes away cleanly from the sides of the bowl. Than is time for kneading. The more you knead the dough, the more elastic and smooth it will become. The dough must be thoroughly kneaded to develop the elasticity of the gluten. Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 5-10 minutes.

 Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film and let it rise in room temperature for at least 1 hour or until it doubled it’s size.

∗ Tip: If it’s a bit chilly in the room that you are making the dough it might take more than hour and a half to prove. You can turn on the oven to 50°C just for 2 minutes than turn it off and put the dough to prove in there .

After it has risen knead it for another minute or so just to let the air out. On a slightly floured surface roll out the dough into a rectangular shape than spread the pizza sauce on top.

Cover the dough with a layer of the chosen salami than make a second layer with the cheese on top.

Roll everything together into a loaf and cut into 2 inch pieces.

Place the pieces into a slightly greased muffin tray and cover the exposed dough with some pizza sauce. Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake for about 25-30 min in the middle section of the oven.