Mini prawn calzones

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium

For the mini prawn calzones

2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
200g tinned chopped tomatoes in juice
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
120ml dry white wine
450g uncooked large prawns, peeled and deveined
6 (125g) pieces of purchased or homemade pizza dough, recipe follows
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
300g grated mozzarella
1 large egg, beaten to blend (for egg wash)
Extra-virgin olive oil

For the pizza dough

120ml warm water (40 to 45°C)
2 tsp active dry yeast
300g plain flour, plus more for kneading
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for bowl
For the mini prawn calzones:
1) Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant and tender, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, thyme, parsley, and wine. Increase the heat to medium and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 8 minutes.

2) In a small bowl, season the prawn with salt and pepper. Add the prawns to the pan and saute until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool in a small bowl.

3) Position 1 oven rack in the center and the second rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 220 degrees C.

4) Line 2 heavy large baking trays with baking paper. Roll out each piece of pizza dough into a 18cm diameter plain floured round. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella over the lower half of each pizza dough, dividing equally and leaving a 2.5cm border. Spoon the prawn mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the prawn mixture. Brush the edge of the dough with egg wash. Fold the plain dough halves over the filling, forming half circles. Pinch the edges of dough firmly together and crimp to seal.

5) Transfer the calzones to the 2 prepared baking trays. Bake until the calzones puff and become golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush extra-virgin olive oil over calzones and serve.

For the pizza dough:
1) Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl to blend. Let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

2) Mix the plain flour and salt in a food processor to blend. Blend in the oil. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms.

3) Turn the dough out onto lightly plain floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour.

4) Punch the down dough and form into ball. The dough can be used immediately or stored airtight in the refrigerator for 1 day.

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