Thursday, 27 June 2013

Homemade Pizza

I am pretty convinced that homemade pizzas taste a hellll of a lot better than bought ones - BIG statement I know as I am a massive Domino's lover - but truly, I'd rather have a homemade one - you know what's going on it, no fatty toppings, a nice authentic tasting base. Perfect!

Every supermarket will sell the ready powdered pizza base that you just need to add water to, but I like making my own because it is so simple.

All you need is:
300g strong bread flour
1 sachet of instant dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil (preferably olive oil)
200ml water

Put the flour in a large bowl and stir in the yeast and salt.

Make a well in the middle and pour in the 200ml water and olive oil. Stir together to form the dough (it might be easier to use your hands after a while) - the dough should be soft but feel a little wet.

Bring out onto a clean and lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth.

Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside - you don't need to leave it to rise too much if you want a thin crust but I tend to leave it around half an hour to an hour if I have the time.

All you need for the sauce:
1/2 jar of passata (or tinned chopped tomatoes if you want)
1/2 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
A couple of pinches of herbs (I usually use mixed Italian herbs)
Pepper, to season

Mix together above ingredients and add as much pepper or extra herbs as you fancy

Back to the dough...

If you've allowed the dough to rise, you'll need to knead the air out of it for a couple of minutes. Lightly flour the rolling pin then roll out the dough to about 2cm of thick. You can always split the dough into two and make to pizzas if you wish but I tend to just make one big one.

As far as toppings go - you can play around with that to your hearts content. My favourites are:

Parma ham, red onion, mozzarella and rocket
Salami, mozzarella, peppers and chilli (with a sundried tomato pesto base)
Goats cheese, onion and tomatoes 
Cajun chicken, pesto and onion

Here's one I made earlier...Salami, mozzarella, sweetcorn, tomatoes, onions and peppers, sprinkled with chilli flakes.

I'd love to see some of the pizzas you make - any excuse to try new toppings!

N xo

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