in the kitchen with: oh joy!

joy is a graphic and textile designer who runs oh joy! studio and takes on variety of clients in the fields of home accessories, surface pattern, identities & branding, packaging, and custom invitations. she recently launched a collection of ready-made stationery called nantaka joy which is available in shops nationwide. joy also runs the well-known (and well-loved) oh joy! blog. her recipe today is a weekend-favorite, mini pizza bowls. just click “read more” for the full recipe and more photos from joy.

[photo of joy by karen wise]

Joy’s Mini Pizza Bowl (Serves 4)

Things you’ll need for the pizza:

1 package of large white mushrooms (cut off the stems and chop in quarters)
1 shallot (sliced thin)
1 bunch of basil (sliced in strips)
1 package of pre-cut pepperoni (optional)
a mix of cheeses (mozzarella, jack, provolone, etc.)
your favorite pre-made tomato sauce
dough (you can buy it pre-made or make your own with my recipe below)
4 small ceramic bowls or ramekins that are oven-safe

Things you’ll need for the dough (if you want to make your own):
2 teaspoons of active dry yeast (10g)
1 teaspoon of sugar (5g)
1-1/3 cups of lukewarm milk (315ml)
2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour (310g)
1 teaspoon of salt (5g)
1 tablespoon of olive oil (15ml)

The dough:

Combine the yeast, sugar, and milk in a bowl and mix. Set aside for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Add the flour, salt, and oil to the yeast mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Knead with hands on a lightly floured surface for minutes or until smooth and elastic. You can add flour if the dough gets too sticky. Return to the bowl and cover lightly with plastic wrap for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. While you’re waiting for this, you can get started on the toppings…

The toppings:
Sauté the mushrooms, basil, and onions with a little olive oil. Add some salt, pepper, and garlic as you like. Once lightly cooked, set aside in a bowl. Don’t cook this too much as it will continue to cook in the oven later.

Fill the pizza:
Preheat the oven to 375F/190C degrees.
Once the dough has risen, cut it into 4 quarters with a large, sharp knife. Knead each section for another minute or so, then flatten to about 1/4″ thickness (3/4cm). The circle of dough should be a bit larger than the opening of the bowls you’ll be using so that it can cover the top completely.

Now, here’s the fun part. Add toppings to each bowl alternating cheese, sauce, and other toppings. You should be able to fit two layers of each…so for example…sautéed mushrooms, pepperoni, sauce, cheese, then repeat…top it off with the flattened dough which should sit right on top of the bowl and overlap the edge a bit just like a pie crust. Brush the top of the dough with a bit of olive oil.

Place the bowls on a baking pan and pop into the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bread is a light golden brown. Once they’re done, invert each bowl upside down on a large plate (since you’ll need a fork and knife to eat this), and use a spoon to help nudge the edges of the crust off the bowl. It should come out pretty easily. Top with ground pepper and more basil if you’d like.


Last thoughts: If you make the dough and have the ingredients made ahead of time, you can easily make these super quick for a fast and tasty meal. Any leftover dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept for another day or two.

About this recipe: This super easy dish is great for having people over. Each pizza is individually sized, so once you have the dough and ingredients prepped, friends can fill their bowl with whatever topping they’d like. An especially good option when you’re mixing vegetarians with non-vegetarians.

Food photos and styling by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Green plate is milk glass, egg-shaped bowls Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen collection. Dough recipe adapted from a simple dough recipe by Donna Hay Magazine.

Compiled by Kristina of Three Layer Cake

  1. julia says:

    this is so adorable! and look delicious too. nice one Joy!

  2. Kristin says:

    yay-mini pizzas for the weekend : )

    joy – super cute picture of you!

  3. Gradon says:

    Nobody puts baby in the corner.

    Sorry, that’s the first thought I had when I saw the photo.

    Pizza bowls are such a great idea for a small party!

  4. Julie says:

    That looks so good. I’ll have to try it out!

  5. annie says:

    Those look delicious!

  6. designdesign says:

    This looks lovely Joy and I love that photo of you, you are too cute as well as beautiful! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Erin says:

    Yuuummmmmy! Question- I love the lamp in the picture- any purchasing info available?

  8. Amber says:

    I immediately recognized the bowls to be Nigella’s, but what is the function of the cute little birdie?

  9. Emily says:

    Where can I get the ramekins pictured? They’re so gorgeous!

  10. joy says:

    thanks guys!
    and gradon, love the is so random that i am sitting in the corner of the room!

  11. B says:

    Seriously pretty

  12. joy says:

    hi everyone, great questions…

    erin ~ the lamp is from crate & barrel. it’s from last year so no longer available but they have similar ones now…

    amber ~ the birdie has no real function..just sweet! actually, it does hold toothpicks or a small flower ;)

    emily ~ the bowls are from Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen collection
    i’m not sure if they are oven safe, but they are microwave and dishwasher safe


  13. Joy, i admire all your work and am amazed that you have time to get this yumy pizza together. YUMMY! thanks!

  14. sn says:

    The first picture looks something out of Martha Stewart magazine. Joy, you look so cute in the picture with the kitty! Erin, the lamp looks a lot like ones from Crate and Barrel. Amber, the adorable bird looks like a bud vase (just guessing) or just to simply look cute.

  15. debbje says:

    wow u have a nice blog!!!!really

    mine is very new!
    i smell so much freshness in this blog

  16. joy says:

    thanks everyone for the nice comments!

    i forgot to mention that this fun recipe/idea came from my brother-in- law (who is a great cook) while he was staying with us earlier this year. the idea came after seeing a special on pizza and one place that had pizza pot pie. so we made a new version and it continues to serve as a great & easy meal.


  17. damn she’s beautiful…uhmm nice recipe..ack!

  18. sky says:

    i love the cute birdie too – and i see it so often in joy’s pictures. joy – you look really lovely :)

  19. Julia says:

    I must try this recipe. Thanks Joy and D*S.

  20. liz says:

    these look so yummy — these will be perfect for my next book club, aka an excuse to cook, see friends and drink wine.

  21. silicone says:

    so cute!!! i love it~!

  22. Rachel says:

    Joy – can you tell me what color the wall is painted in the picture that you are in…

  23. joy says:


    the benjamin moore color is: Latex Metallic Pearlescent Tint Base in Icy Mist.


  24. Sadia says:

    oooo my God so lovly…m in uni this tme n so hungry n by serfing i got this site n it yummyy…photography is nice…i juz love it

  25. karen wise says:

    Twas a pleasure to photograph Joy; she’s been a delight to work with (at her wedding, on still life, her portrait) and she’s so photogenic too! Her notebooks and cards are gorgeous and her blog continues to be inspiring. I can’t wait ’til our next photo shoot, Joy! Keep up the great work… Karen

  26. zainab says:

    This recipe is awesome and it attracts our nose,eyes, tongue and hands towards it.This recipe is very good and i will try this at home for sure!

  27. Jessica says:

    Maybe it’s me or it’s just so early in the morning here that I’m not getting it.

    The pictures look so delicious <3

    Is it possible to add a picture of how exactly you cooked this in a bowl? I got lost when it said to make sure the circle was larger than the bowl opening so that it could cover it completely.


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