Originally from Finland, this Zorbas pizza is a flavorful pizza you should taste.
Created with care, this type of pizza gives a rich flavor, coupled with a superb smell.
Take time to invest in high quality toppings and add them to a delicious crust for your family and friends to enjoy a gratifying homemade pizza meal.
Are you into Vegetarian pizza with Tomato sauce? Then you can’t ignore this one.
Pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the world, and for good reason! It’s delicious, comforting, and there’s a pizza out there for everyone, whether you like a classic pepperoni or something more unique like a BBQ chicken pizza. It’s also incredibly versatile, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Another reason why it’s so popular is its convenience, you can order it to be delivered to your doorstep or even make it at home using store bought dough and toppings of your choice.
Additionally, pizza is a great food for sharing with friends and family, and it has cultural significance, is a staple at birthday parties, movie nights, and even as a Friday night dinner. It’s no wonder why it’s become such a beloved food, it has something for everyone to enjoy.
Pizza in Finland
In Finland, they eat fairly typical European meals, such as Meats, fish, Potatoes, rice or pasta. Pizza is growing in popularity throughout the area.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Finland here.
Zorbas Pizza Recipe
We’ve come up with a recipe for a delectable home baked Zorbas Pizza that you can make either in your backyard pizza oven or on a pizza stone in your oven.
Zorbas Pizza Ingredients
Choose enough pizza toppings for the amount of pizzas you will be creating. The dough and sauce amounts below are for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) 00 fine flour
- 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
- 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
- 2 tsps salt
- 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) olive oil
Zorbas Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Red peppers
- Olive Oil
Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (15oz/420g) diced or crushed tomatoes
- 1 (6oz/170g) can of tomato paste
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 small onion
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Zorbas Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
If you don’t have much time, grab a premade pizza base at your local grocery store, or hand make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
- Add salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow well in the middle and gently pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using a spatula, or your hands, mix the dough really well until smooth. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl, and place dough in it and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour, or until it doubles in size.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for another 5 minutes or until smooth.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.
- Divide the dough into balls, and roll out bases to desired size.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Want to add a personal touch to your homemade pizza? Try making your own tomato sauce using the recipe provided.
- Mix ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix well using a whisk, or blender.
- Leave sitting for five minutes.
- Your sauce is now ready. Enjoy!
- Keep sauce in fridge or freeze for future use.
If your sauce is not thick enough, adding some more tomato paste can help to fix that.
Preparing Zorbas Pizza
Start by heating your oven to at least 450 degrees.
Spread out your dough on a well floured surface.
If you have a pizza peel, flour the peel and create your pizza on it.
Start by spreading the sauce all over the base. This pizza uses Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce Thinly yet evenly, leaving a margin for the crust.
Add the largest toppings first – typically meat or seafood, then the smaller toppings.
Add cheese last, and sprinkle it all over to help keep the toppings in place when it melts.
This pizza has the following toppings:
- Red peppers
- Olive Oil
This pizza is flavorsome as is, or you could try it with other pizza types?
Put the Zorbas pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and wait for approximately 10 minutes.
In 10 minutes, open oven door and check.
The pizza should take roughly 15 minutes to cook, adjust time to cook to personal taste.
Popular for its salty, tangy taste, Feta ranges from very soft to semi-hard in texture. Feta was invented by the Greeks, however modern Feta can be found being made all over the globe.
Feta gets its taste from being salted through immersion in salty water, maturing for a minimum of two months. Blocks of Feta are often stored and sold still in the brine.
When making Zorbas Pizza, I always recommend that you use whatever kitchen items you have. My basic pizza tools are…
Glass Measuring Jug
A good quality, heavy glass measuring jug with clear marking for various measures to me is a must. I hate taking chances with portions, so it’s an important tool for me.
Dough Proofing Box
If you make a lot of dough through the year, you’ll find owning a pizza dough proofing box very useful.
Glass Measuring Jug
I hate taking chances with portions, so having a quality glass jug with clear to read measurements a vital kitchen tool for me.
Olive Oil has been used in cooking for at least 5,000 years. Since Olives are technically a fruit, that makes Olive Oil a fruit Juice. The Olives are crushed like other fruits; oranges, lemons etc to get the Oil.
One olive tree can last up to 2,000 years, and can produce 30 kilos of Olives, which makes roughly 4 litres of Oil every year. Medical studies have shown that consuming olive Oil daily helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good one (HDL).
Facts about Pizza
What do you think about these facts?
That’s alot of pizza
There are over 61,000 pizzerias trading in the USA.
Celebrate sausage pizza all day
On the 11th October, the US celebrates National Sausage Pizza Day every year.
Most pizzas made in 12 hours (team)
The Asociación Propietarios de Pizzerías y Casas de Empanadas de la Argentina (Argentina) in Buenos Aires, Argentina used five ovens to make 11,089 pizzas between 8.00am and 8.00pm on 11 November 2018.
Keen on seeing more than Zorbas pizza? We have plenty of other Vegetarian pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Want to know how to make fantastic pizza at home? Here are some FAQ and their answers to the most common pizza making questions.
How to freeze pizza?
Pizza is best frozen not long after it has cooled from cooking. Ensure that it is wrapped well, or in a zip lock bag and air tight. Consume the pizza within 2-3 months.
Do I just use tap water for pizza dough?
Sure, however water quality can be an issue in some areas. If your water has high chlorine content, it may inhibit yeast growth. I often use cooled water from the kettle, or filtered water when making pizza dough. Don’t use boiling water though, as it will kill your yeast before it even starts its work.
Where is the world’s oldest pizza parlor?
The worlds oldest pizza parlour, which still operates today, is Pizzeria Port’Alba, in Naples, Italy. It first opened in 1830. The date is actually further back, as the true established date began in 1738, where Antica opened as a food stand for peddlers.
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