April 10, 2015

Wholewheat Vegetarian Calzone - Day 9 of Baking Marathon

Days pass so quickly. Its already the 9th day of the Baking Marathon..

When I chanced upon Pavani’s Wholewheat calzones, I set upon making them immediately. After the first rise, totally forgot about it as the kids needed attention, so we went out for a long drive, and I came back to a rather smelly kitchen where the fermented dough had spilt over quite a but:((

But as I had promised the kids a calzone, they were pretty excited about a folded pizza (for that’s how I had described it to the EO) and she insisted I start all over, and that she would help me J Hubby gave me weird looks as everyone was hungry, so I promised to make it the next morning.

This must be one of those mornings when I made the dough as early as 3:45 am and by 6am, the calzone was ready to be packed for EO’s snack box by 7. Thankfully it was a very sultry morning and the dough rose very fast and we had a great time working with that so early in the morning and EO was so excited to put in the cheese and I was shuttling between the camera, the oven & the morning breakfast... all looking harried !!! Whew !! I think am gonna remember that episode for a long time now…


In that hurry I forgot to take final plated pics, so these are as rustic as they get. Tastewise it was brilliant, and in hindsight I think it was good I made it the next day morning as I filled in previous night Aloo-Gobhi (potato caulifloiwer) dry curry and it was an Indian twist to the Italian Calzone J

I stored the remaining in the refrigerator and microwaved them for the evening snack with the neighbour’s kids who enjoyed it too J Thanks pavani for this recipe, and am sure the fillings are so versatile, am planning spinach and corn next time I make it !!

Baking Marathon Day 9 : Wholewheat Vegetarian Calzones
Recipe type : Bread  (Yeasted)
Course: Snack / Main Course
Cuisine : Italian
Makes : 3 large sized calzones
Prep time: 30 mins | Standing Time : 1 hour + 45 mins 
Bake time : 30 mins (varies from oven to oven)

Ingredients:
  • Wholewheat flour (I used unbleached king Arthur flour) – 3.5 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Yeast – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Warm water – about 1.5 cups (depends on the flour)
  • EVOO – 2 TBSP

Filling:
  • Aloo Gobhi Sabji – 1 cups (or just about any sautéed veggies)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cheese grated – 1/3 cup ( I went easy on the cheese, but you can add as much as you prefer)
  • Pizza sauce – ½ cup (homemade Pizza sauce)
  • Dried herbs – ½ tsp

Method:
  1. Proof the yeast with warm water and sugar. Once it froths, add to a bowl where wholewheat and salt are mixed well. Make a dough and knead for 10-15 mins (the bread flour was so good, the dough came together in less than 10 mins). Rest covered for an hour ( I switched on the oven light and kept it for 45 mins).
  2. Once risen, punch down the dough and make into 3 or 4 equal portions. Knead for 4-5 mins more and rest them covered again (for about 45 mins).
  3. In the meanwhile, I sautéed the leftover sabji in a tsp of oil, checked for spices and let the mixture cool. Preheat oven to 180C / 375F.
  4. Roll out one portion of the 2nd rise dough into a thickish disc, spread the pesto / pizza sauce. Sprinkle sauce , add grated cheese and spread a small portion of the stuffing as shown.Top with dried herbs.
  5. Fold into half and seal the edges with a fork so the filling doesn’t spill out
  6. With a sharp knife, make slits on top of the calzone and gently place on the baking sheet . (Tip : Roll out the dough directly onto the baking sheet, and do the filling and folding to be safer)
  7. Brush with milk – sugar mixture (if needed) and bake for 28-30 minutes. The 2nd batch was done under 23-24 mins, so you need to keep a watch.
  8. Cool for 6-8 mins and cut and serve immediately


20 comments:

  1. Indian twist to Italian calzone... Such a versatile dish...

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  2. You got up at what time?!?!!And then you made this!! Hats off, madame...My son's bus comes at 8:15 and I get up at 7:45. So you can imagine my astonishment, I guess :D. Btw, if you have a dough for rise and you cant attend it, you can refrigerate it. WHat happened to the overproofed dough? Did you make naan or something wth it?

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    1. Rajani ! It was only to prove to myself , more than the kid , not to renege on a promise , and it was a treat that they looked forward to and tasted good too ! I don't think I will attempt this early morning thingy again although it was unusually calm and nice to bake without any interruption..

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  3. OMG! You woke up at 3.45 am to make these! Seems like the efforts paid off. :) Your version of calzones sound yummy.

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  4. 3.45 AM for a calzone! These calzones should have been extra special to get your that kind of attention. I am planning on making this as well next week, but I had the traditional dough in mind. Now I am debating if I should go whole wheat :)

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  5. Loved the usage of aloo subzi in you calzone. very yummy.

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  6. Phew, what a morning it must have been. I can never imagine myself going into the kitchen at 3:45 am to cook.

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  7. i loved ur rustic pics and can imagine myself doing this early mornings as well...i am a last minute person by system ...so these things happen to me all the time , u guys work out so neatly...i just about make something at times

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  8. Can see ur love for BM, its seriously very interesting to see how we are hooked with this group na.. Calzone makes me hungry.

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  9. Refrigeration retards yeast growth. Put the dough in the refrigerator the next time. Interesting use dry subzi. Very rustic result. Nice.

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  10. My goodness -- you woke up at that ungodly hour to make these calzones. But glad they turned out good and making them with and for the kids makes it always special :-) Thank you for the mention :-)

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  11. Omg 3:45 am you got up to make these calzone,amazing..you made a healthy version using whole wheat flour..

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  12. Early morning baking is a bliss, not a soul disturb around. I used to bake late nights, when my boyzzz are in Mars!!! Calzones look superb,i too baked one for this BM. A Versatile bake!! :)

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  13. Kalyani I too get up that early at times but definitely not to bake, i might draft a recipe or do some work related to BM! Great job on calzones, which reminds me to make some soon.

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  14. I am speechless thinking od the time you woke up to make these!! Hats off to your commitment Kalyani! And love the rustic click of the calzone.

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  15. I can't believe baking at such an unearthly hour :) Kudos to the 'mom' in you :) The rustic look of the calzones steal the day !!

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  16. Looks super delicious..I am sure kids had a field day!

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  17. My God! 3:45 Kalyani. My family would have thought I am crazy. What did you do with the overprooved dough? threw it out?

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  18. OMG you woke up that early?This calzone looks yumm

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  19. Calzones look so inviting. Even I do this types of crazy things like kneading the dough at 4 am. But as kids are happy, we are happy too!!!

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Kalyani

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