Oven Roasted Asparagus. I was planning to make this again, but Aishwarya wanted pizza for dinner. So I thought of trying something new that would satisfy both of us. And it proved such a hit with my family. I went to take a shower after putting the pizza in the oven and my husband and daughter didn't even wait for me to be back before starting to attack this - they had already started cutting this up by the time I was back. I had to make do with the cut pizza to take the photograph!
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (can use instant)
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2tsp Chili flakes
1&1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
For the Asparagus layer
1/2 pound asparagus
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Several grinds black pepper
1/4 tsp each chilli flakes,basil,oregano and parsely
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Dissolve the sugar in lukewarm water and add the yeast to it. Add this to flour and salt mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic.Place in a greased bowl. Cover and keep it in a warm place for 20 minutes to let it rise .
Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16" pizza pan and pat into a 16" circle. Mix all the ingredients listed under topping and apply it on to the flattened dough. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over this.
Make long shavings of asparagus by drawing the peeler from the base to the top of the stalk. Toss peelings with olive oil, salt , parmesan ,herbs and pepper in a bowl. Pile asparagus on top of the bread, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you're in a hurry, just skip this rise.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degree F. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.
Linking this to Any One Can Cook event at Taste of Pearl City