I think the first time I had a Hawaiian pizza was when we took Akshaya to the Pizza Hut in Cochin. It had pineapple on it and there was something about the sweet and sour combination that we liked.
I later discovered that Hawaiian pizza is usually topped with pineapple and ham or bacon. Of course, in India we get lots of vegetarian versions or options unlike in many other countries. I remember, when we were in Portugal, we came across a McDonald’s and couldn’t find a single item on their menu which was vegetarian, except the fries! Yet, in India, their restaurants serve quite a variety of vegetarian food some which I think may be available on their menus only in this country.
When I first started making pizza, I used to use the readymade bases. To be honest, the pizza used to taste awful with those bases. Those were the days before I had ventured into baking bread. Happily, we didn’t have to eat those pizzas for very long and I have since discovered that making one’s own pizza bases is very easy.
I made this particular base using whole wheat flour and oat flour (I powdered rolled oats). I used some all purpose flour as well, as I wasn’t sure what the texture of the base would be like.
The crust turned out crisp, slightly chewy and good. We liked it and Akshaya was surprised to find out that her pizza had oats in it! As for the toppings, apart from the pineapple, I added bell peppers and sweet corn. I also added some cheddar which I needed to use up.