You can call me crazy. Yes, a pizza with Barley Flour!! When it comes to experimenting and trying different food items, I try different combinations. So this time I thought of making this Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza.
Except for the base, everything else is similar to my Whole Wheat Pizza. But yes for a pizza the base is the most important thing. That decides if your pizza is going to be good or bad, will it be enjoyed or not?
So I experimented with a very little portion or I would say one large size pizza. I was not sure if there would be any takers in my family. I made a sourdough pizza for my kids and these Barley flour Vegetable pizza for myself.
But as always, when I make a small portion thinking it would not be liked by others, they like it. My son loved it. He was first happy the way it came out. I think when he saw the baked pizza out of the oven, it tempted him. He wanted to try it and when he tried the first bite, his first comment was the crust is very good.
Wow :-). What a surprise!! I was not expecting that. He wanted to have more but he was already full :-). But in all a new experiment with healthy flour was successful. So the next few pizzas at home would be?? yes Barley Flour Pizza.
What is Barley
Barley is a grain that has a nutty flavour and chewy texture. Hulled barley is considered as a whole grain in which only the outer inedible layer is removed. The other type Pearl Barley which is more commonly available has its bran removed. It still is nutritious and healthy. (Source Internet)
Pearl Barley Recipes
If you want some easy and healthy recipes from Pearl barley to check out this Vegetable Barley Soup or this Pearl Barley Pulao. And if looking for a quick one-pot meal, try this Pearl Barley and Mung Dal Khichdi.
What is Barley Flour
Barley flour is prepared by drying and grounding barley. Barley flour is used to make different types of flatbreads and yeast bread. Many times it is added to wheat flour. Addition of barley flour results in a darker-coloured baked product. The flavour and texture of the bread changes as well.
For gluten intolerant people, Barley Flour is not gluten-free. It does contain gluten.
Pizza base with Barley Flour
Barley flour has less gluten as compared to whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour/Plain/Maida. So it is a bit difficult to get an elastic-like dough which we normally get in pizza dough. You would get those minor cracks while rolling out the dough.
Variations to the Base
I have made the base with 100 per cent whole barley flour but you can mix it if required with whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour/Plain/Maida.
Texture and Taste of Barley Flour Pizza
The texture of this base was a bit dry as compared to the wheat-based pizza. I would say it has a rough texture. Obviously, you cannot compare that with the normal pizza, but I loved the nuttier taste of the pizza base.
I have rolled it thin. If we roll it thick, you will not get a crusty base. It will be best when it is the thin crust I believe.
However, I can say that it is somewhat guilt-free when you are making the base with healthy flour and including veggies and good cheese.
Few more kid friendly recipes with different flours
Recipe Process I followed for Barley Flour Pizza
I have kept the base simple. To the barley flour, I added bloomed yeast and salt. Kneaded it with lukewarm water and used olive oil. Left the floor to proof for 1-2 hours and then rolled the pizza. To the rolled pizza base, I added some pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and some veggies.
That’s it baked it in a preheated oven at 200 Deg C for a good 40 minutes. Yes, the base took a bit longer to bake than normal. At first, I kept it for 20 minutes but felt the base not baked. So increased the time by 10-10 minutes. However, I would advise you to keep a close watch after 20 minutes as all ovens are different.
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Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza
- 1 cup Barley Flour
- 1 tsp yeast
- ½ cup Lukewarm water
- ¼-½ cup more lukewarm water
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Extra Flour for Dusting
Assembling the Pizza
- Mozzarella Cheese as needed for toppings
- Vegetables of choice -I have used onion, sweet pepper, Jalapeno
- Pizza Sauce
- Butter or Olive oil as required for spreading on the base
Dough for Pizza
- In a bowl add in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and sugar and dissolve.
- The water should be just warm. You should be able to dip your finger in it. If too hot it will kill the yeast.
- Now add in the yeast, mix and let it bloom for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, if your yeast mixture has not bloomed you would need to discard and start again.
- Now in a large bowl or a stand mixer add in the flour, salt
- Give everything a quick mix.
- Add in the bloomed yeast mixture and mix.
- Slowly add the water and make a semi-soft but still firm dough.
- Knead the dough well with the heel of your hand incorporating 1 tbsp oil as you go.
- After 5-10 minutes the dough should have a smooth consistency.
- Cover it lightly with a cloth and let it sit in rising for 1.5 hours.
Assembling the Pizza
- Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C
- After 1.5 hours you would see the dough has risen somewhat. It may or may not be double.
- Deflate all the air in the dough and knead it for a few minutes.
- Divide the dough into equal portions, if you want to make small size pizzas.
- Using some dry flour, roll out the dough into circular or rectangular shape as desired.
- I rolled out into a large 12 inch pizza base.
- Gently flip it over a Baking tray or a pizza pan.
- Spread some olive oil or butter.
- Then add some pizza sauce leaving 1-2 cm of the edges.
- Spread the cheese and filling of your choice.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 mins until the top and the edges are nice golden brown. (Do check your pizza after 20 mins as ovens are different.)
- 1 tsp = 5 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
- One can use milk too to make the dough.
- All oven’s are different so do check your pizza after 20 mins and thereafter look after 5-5 mins if not baked.
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