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Friday, 24 February 2017

Baking Calzone Using A Sourdough Starter

Calzone is basically a pizza that has been folded over to take the shape of a traditional pie. In today's blog we mix the dough, using our sourdough starter to add flavour. I give you some ideas for a filling and then I show you how to fold it so that the goodness is trapped inside the calzone. Your family will love this one. What I like about this, is that you can hold the calzone in your hand and eat it on the go. That is, if you can wait for it to cool down first!


Start by adding 3 cups (750 ml) white bread flour, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt and 1 tablespoon (12,5 ml) sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients well.
Option 1: If using Instant Dry Yeast, add a packet to the dry ingredients.


Add 1 cup (250 ml) sourdough starter, 60 ml olive oil and roughly 100 ml lukewarm water to the dry ingredients. Add the water slowly to prevent getting the dough too wet.
Option 2: If using Active Dry Yeast, add a packet to the lukewarm water and sugar and allow to froth up.


Bring the dough together.


Knead for roughly 10 minutes until you get an elastic-like dough ball.


Divide the dough into three, or bake one large calzone.


Roll the dough out flat. Traditional calzone used to be square. Nowadays, it is normally crescent-shaped.


I chopped up some fresh herbs from the garden.


Cover the dough bases with tomato paste.


Add your fresh herbs and garlic. Or use dried herbs. Be sure to include oregano, sweet basil and parsley. I also added some gherkins and olives.


We all like fresh tomato slices. I also added feta cheese.


Some of my calzone got shredded and deboned chicken. You may want to use pastrami, or salami or smoked beef. Lastly, I added loads of cheese.


Fold the dough over. Roll the edges up and pin it between thumb and forefinger.


Coat with some olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet that has been prepared with non-stick spray and coated with flour.


Bake in a preheated oven at 225 °C for 20-30 minutes.


Serve hot from the oven.


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