Step 1: Ingredients
- 1 cup flour (plus extra for flouring surfaces)
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 packet active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1-2 stalks of basil
- 4-8 cherry tomatoes
- shredded mozzarella cheese (as much as needed)
Step 2: Mixing Ingredients
In a larger bowl, add flour, olive oil, salt, sugar, and the yeast mixture. Stir well with a spoon.
Cover with a dishcloth for 30 minutes. It should have risen and almost doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 3: Preparing Other Ingredients
Remove the seeds (the goopy stuff in the center :)) and chop them.
Also chop 1-2 leaves of basil fairly fine. Then cut a few more leaves into larger pieces.
NOTE: It's easier to get the seeds out of the tomatoes when they're riper.
Step 4: Making Calzones
Flour your hands and the surface you're working on. (I used aluminum foil because I could easily transfer it onto a baking sheet.)
Take a piece of dough small enough to fit in your palm. Spread it out a bit on the surface and place one or two finely sliced basil leaves in the middle. Layer tomatoes and cheese on top, but leave room to fold the dough up!
Fold the dough into a round, dumpling like shape. See my pictures for help.
We're ready to bake!
NOTE: Don't put too much basil IN the calzone, because when basil bakes for a long time, it becomes brown and not as pleasant to eat. We will put the rest on later.
Step 5: Baking!
After this, don't turn the oven off! Quickly (but carefully!) take the pan out of the oven and put a piece of basil on top of each calzone. Sprinkle cheese on them and put back in the oven for 2 minutes.
Step 6: Plate Them
Enjoy your culinary creation!