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)

  • 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

  • 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

  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


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

  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?

    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..

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

  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 :)

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

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

  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

  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.

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

  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 :-)

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

  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!! :)

  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.

  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.

  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 !!

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

  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?

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

  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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