I think people are always impressed by the thought of homemade pizza. But it’s actually easy peasy, and quite fun. The only annoying part is that you have to leave it to rise for 1 hour, so it does require some preparation.
This is also perfect to get the children involved in making and choosing what topping they want, and I swear they tend to be much more enthusiastic about eating it.
A tip is to make sure it’s not to thick, try and make it more of an oval shape than round, as it will fit on a baking tray better.
Makes: 4 medium sized pizzas.
500g of plain flour
2x 7g sachets of yeast
Pinch of salt
Splash of oil
400ml Luke warm water
Tomato Purée tube
Herbs: basil, sage and oregano.
Pesto (from a jar)
Whatever toppings you’d like: mushrooms, Peppers, spinach, sweet corn, ham, red onion, pineapple etc.
Cheeses including smoked cheese, cheddar or mozzarella.
Put the flour, salt and yeast into a mixing bowl, then make a whole in the middle and slowly add the water, bit by bit. Until it’s a soft sticky dough. I like to get in there with my hands.
Start to knead the dough on a floured surface, pulling and stretching it for a few minutes and put it back into the bowl in a ball shape.
Then pop a tea towel over the top of bowl and leave for about 1 hour.
It will have risen to twice the size.
Then place on a floured surface and roll in to an oval shape of about 0.5cm thickness.
Add the tomotoe puree or pesto and spread out.
Then add toppings that you’d like and then add the cheese on top.
Cook on a baking tray on 180 deg C/350 deg F: gas 4 for about 15 mins. Make sure the base is cooked if not, pop on back into the oven without the tray.