This week, I’ve been experimenting with fun creations to make in a jaffle / toastie maker. These cooking appliances are relatively cheap to buy, easy to use, and surprisingly versatile! They’re great if you don’t have an oven, you don’t want kids to use an oven, or you just want a quick and easy way to recreate a classic dish.
One of the most fun and tasty meals to make in a toastie maker is calzone style pizzas. You can fill them with all of your favourite ingredients, they’re crisp on the outside and oozy on the inside, and because all the toppings are enclosed, they’re great to eat on the go for picnics or school lunches.
This recipe uses a no-rise pizza base to keep the prep as fast and simple as possible. For a more traditional but still easy pizza dough recipe using yeast, click here. Or you can also try this two-ingredient wholemeal pizza base.
This recipe makes two ‘toasties’, which is four calzone triangles.
Pizza Base Ingredients
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 small pinch of salt
- 2tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Plus your favourite pizza toppings, e.g.
> Margherita: tomato, basil and mozzarella
> Hawaiian: ham, pineapple, grated cheddar or pizza cheese
> Pepperoni: sliced pepperoni, grated mozzarella
1. Put all the pizza base ingredients together and knead till it forms a smooth dough. If you have a food processor, you can save time by blitzing it in there until it comes together in a ball.
2. Separate the pizza dough into four balls and roll out to form four rough square shapes to fit your toastie maker.
3. Lightly grease the inside of the toastie maker with olive oil and add two squares on the bottom plates.
4. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste to each square and spread it around. Then sprinkle with oregano and add your favourite pizza toppings. We went for a traditional Margherita with tomato, basil and mozzarella.
5. Top each pizza with another square of dough. You can trim to remove any excess dough.
6. Turn the toastie maker on and cook for approximately ten minutes, or until the dough is golden and crisp.
7. Allow to cool before serving as pizza fillings will be very hot when they first come out.
These calzone pizzas are great for a super-fast dinner, or why not add them as a lunchbox treat? Experiment with different topping combinations to keep them fun and exciting!
You can also use a toastie maker these easy Coconut Jaffle Cakes.