1 hour 20 mins prep. time
45 mins cooking time
What you need:
The main part of the recipe I will be taking you through is to make the calzone dough, the filling is really down to personal choice.
Put your water in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water, stir and wait a few minutes until it has puffed up a little. Sprinkle salt and olive oil over the yeast water mix. Slowly add the flour. I do this by adding one cup of flour, stir, add another cup of flour, stir, add the final 1/2 cup of flour and stir. To make sure that it is all mixed in use your hands. Put your sticky dough mixture on a floured surface and knead until it is no longer sticky. This will take about 5 minutes.
Once it is kneaded enough, form it into a ball and place in a bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave for one hour.
While you're waiting for the dough this is the perfect opportunity to clean up any mess and make your filling.
Here's what I put in mine:
I fried up one onion and added mince meat to the frying pan. When the mince meat was cooking I added two tins of chopped tomatoes. Whilst it was simmering in the frying pan I added 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar. Once this was cooked I took off the heat and left on the side.
I chopped up salami into quarters and put 12 meatballs in the oven - following the packet instructions.
Finally I grated some cheese.
Once the hour is up, take a peek at your dough. It should have doubled in size. Roll into a ball and cut into quarters. These quarters are going to be the base of your calzone.
Roll out each ball into a circle, roughly 8 inches in diameter. If like me you've lost your rolling pin, I found a wine bottle works perfectly well. Once rolled out place your filling in one half of the calzone, making sure that it is quite far from the edges. If you use sauce, leave some behind to drizzle over the top. Fold the half of the dough without filling over the half that does and use the edge you've made to seal it up. To do this you push them together, fold up and press. Beat the egg and brush it over your calzone.
Put your calzone in the oven on 180°C for 45 minutes, or until golden.