you will need – pizza dough;
450g plain flour
5tbsp olive oil
1tsp sea salt
300ml warm water
1 sachet of dried yeast/2 teaspoons approx
you will need – pizza sauce;
1 400g can tomatoes
2tbsp tomato puree
1tsp dried basil
1tsp dried oregano
pinch salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3tbsp olive oil
6 shallots, chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
method – pizza dough;
- Sift the flour into a bowl. Mix in the yeast, sugar and salt.
- Now add the oil and the warm water. Not too hot, you will kill the yeast.
- Using your fingers bring the flour and liquid together to form a dough.
- Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead for 15 minutes. Re flour the surface as necessary.
- Prove the dough for at least 2 hours somewhere warm. Again not too warm, a warm room with oiled cling film over the bowl.
- When you come to use the dough turn it out onto a floured surface, it should have at least doubled in size.
- Split the dough into 4/3/2 depending on how large you want your pizza to be. This may be determined more by the size of your oven and oven trays rather than your appetite.
- Roll out the dough, it will be springy so you will have to fight it.
- Cover with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese, oven, enjoy!
method – pizza sauce;
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the celery, shallots and garlic until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
- Place the tomato mixture into a food processor and whizz into a thick paste.
- Return to the pan, add the dried herbs, tomato puree, salt and pepper.
- Cook the sauce down over a lo heat until the liquid thickens into a paste.
Now all you have to do is add the toppings;
She had – artichokes/griddled courgette/roasted garlic mushrooms
He had – red onions/black olives/parma ham
The ideas are endless. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
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- Garlic sausage & sweetcorn.
- Rosemary, aubergine & garlic.
- Leeks, peas, olives.
- Spinach, soft egg and creme fraiche
- All day breakfast
- Roasted chicken, sweet chilies and peppers