Twirly Whirly Pizza

twirly Whirly Pizza

I don't know what it is with the oven and me, I just love to use the oven. Before starting the new adventure of baking eggless cakes and muffins, I started simply with cooking store bought frozen French fries and pizzas. We prefer making them at home because we can control the amount of cheese and increase the quantity of veggies. I've not yet tried to make the dough myself. Recently I have also found a simple recipe to make home made pizza dough using whole wheat flour. Can't wait to try that!

But before that a simple one to make at home with store bought ingredients. I saw this recipe in Parents Magazine a couple of months back. I wanted to try this for a long time now, but got a chance only today. You need just 4 ingredients to make this beautiful looking and tasty pie. Refrigerated pizza dough, sauce, any cheese of your choice (I used the part skim pizza blend cheese) and fresh baby spinach. This can also be considered a healthy pizza, because it requires only half a cup of cheese and has spinach. Not bad for a pizza, which has a bad reputation as greasy food. The process is also very easy, but a little messy at the end. The next time I bake it I would add some pepper powder/chilly flakes too. It was very bland for our taste. Other than that, this recipe is definitely a keeper. Kids will also enjoy doing this. Find the recipe here.

Ingredients:
1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup shredded Italian-mix cheese, divided
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

Stage 1:
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C for 15 minutes. Unroll the dough.

pizza dough

Stage 2:
Spread the pizza sauce and sprinkle half of the cheese.

Sprinkle Cheese

Stage 3:
Top with the spinach leaves. (I used more than 1 cup, so rolling was a bit difficult)

put spinach on top

Stage 4:
Roll the dough starting with the short end.

roll dough

Stage 5:
Cut into 8 pieces and place it in a greased pie tin and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

pie tin

Stage 6:
Bake it for 22-25 min and indulge!

indulge

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Gary

    As a pizza lover I wanted to try your new twist, or should I say twirl, idea. My first attempt nearly worked. I used a little too much sauce and that made the rolling and sectioning a little messy, and required a little more bake time. But the result was still tasty. I still have ingredients for another try, but I will cut back on the sauce (my favorite part too) next time. THANKS!

  2. Madhuram

    Thank you very much Nandita. Your appreciation means so much to me.

  3. nandita

    Madhuram,
    absolutely love this version of pizza, I’m going to be trying it very soon! Love your blog too, as we are in the process of giving up eggs and I love baking 🙂 SO your recipes will be a great resource.

  4. Madhuram

    Thanks for visiting. Ya you should definitely try it.

  5. Suganya

    This is an interesting idea. Would love to try this someday. Thanks.

  6. Madhuram

    Thank you for visitng Priya.

  7. Madhuram

    Roma, welcome back. First pre heat the oven for 15 minutes at 400 F (or 200 C), then prepare the pizza as per the instructions and bake it for 22-25 minutes. Sometimes I also set the mode to broil for 1-2 minutes to get a charred topping. But be cautious while broiling, because it will turn black very quickly. Also leave the oven open while broiling.

    I’m also new to baking Roma. As mentioned earlier I also started with pizzas only. Best wishes for your new experiment.

    I did not give the quantity of the ingredients and other details because it was from a magazine and I did not want to get myself into any copyright issues. You can find those details in the link given. Thank you.

  8. Priya

    ooh..this looks so nice.. and wat an interesting shape…

  9. Roma

    I will definitely try this one.

    The most innovative and tempting Pizza I’ve seen in a long time. Great job Madhuram!

    One doubt, can you please tell me at what temperature I should bake the pizza (I am fairly new to baking).

    Thanks,
    Roma

  10. Madhuram

    Hi Uma,

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving an encouraging comment.

  11. Uma

    Wow, wonderful pizzas with beautiful description. Yummy!

  12. Madhuram

    Thanks Nithu, you are welcome anytime.

  13. Nithu

    Your Pizza simply looks great!! Wanna have a bite.

  14. Madhuram

    Yes Manasi. I loved it as soon as I saw it in the magazine. It tasted good too. Give it a try.

  15. Manasi

    NICE idea!! the name is very catchy and the Twirly-wirly pizza looks VERY YUMY!

  16. Madhuram

    Hi Vaishali, I think I cannot take credit for the idea per se. But good for the first try right? Home made pizzas can’t get any easy.

  17. Vaishali

    Nice to find another blogger interested in eggless cooking, Madhuram. And the pizza rolls look absolutely fabulous- what a great idea!

  18. Madhuram

    Thanx sia. Welcome to my blog. Hope you will enjoy both the pizza and the blog.

  19. sia

    thats one super cool idea madhu…came to ur blog through TOI and let me go through ur archives in leisure 🙂

  20. Madhuram

    Rachel and Cham, Such a neat idea right? Thanks to Parents Magazine. This is my first experience with refrigerated pizza dough and it has come out well.

  21. Cham

    Great idea to swirl the pizza , looks perfect for party dish 🙂

  22. Madhuram

    Bee, You’re welcome. Thank you are visitng my site as well and letting me know about “Taste of India”. I was not aware of that site earlier.

    Dhivya, Thank you for visiting my site. ya, the pizzas are very easy to make and tasty also. Just add some heat to it.

  23. rachel

    innovative pizza there 🙂

  24. DivyA Vikram

    the pizzas look great..n easy to prepare too..will have to try it sometime

  25. bee

    thanks for dropping by. you have a lovely site here. do list your site on ‘taste of india’. it’s an RSS aggregator for desi food blogs.

    http://connect.sailusfood.com/

    we’ve added you to our blogroll.