I love pizza, really love it but cripes it can be horrifically bad for you. In the interests of trying to cook more from scratch we searched for recipes for making pizza bases but never really found quite what we were looking for. After three tries I've nailed the recipe that really works for us, it's super quick, super easy with hardly any ingredients and you pretty much can't fail. I took the ingredients from this recipe, with the method from this one, which I'll pop into one handy place just here especially for you (and me, flicking between two recipes was a right nuisance).To make two large pizzas (feeds two greedy people)
- 375g of Italian 00 flour (trust me on this)
- A 7g sachet of dried yeast
- 250ml warm water
- Half a teaspoon of sugar
- Toppings of your choice
Whack the over up HIGH. Our electric fan oven maxes out at 225oC so that's what we use. Using a food processor with a dough hook/blade mix the flour and yeast with a pinch of salt. Pour in the water and mix, then work for a minute (or as long as your can bear to see your food processor struggle before putting it out of it's misery). Flour a surface, split the dough into two equal portions and roll out to a thickness of 3-4mm, very thin! Now, it's worth saying that we roll ours out rectangular(ish) to fit neatly on a layer of baking liner on a baking sheet.
Carefully place onto the baking liner and prick all over with a fork. Get busy with toppings: first pop on your tomato topper. You can blend up a can of plum or chopped plum tomatoes but I lazily used some tomato and basil pasta sauce. If you're feeling virtuous then use half/reduced fat mozzarella or just the regular stuff if not. The bags of it really freak me out a bit! I like a bit of pepperoni and tomato, plus sometimes red pepper on mine. Husband likes pepperoni, anchovies and mushrooms on his.
They'll want about 12 minutes in the oven but keep an eye on them to avoid burning.
Voila, ridiculously easy homemade pizza with a perfect thin and crispy base. Best served with coleslaw, potato salad, sweet corn and salad leaves. Best eaten on sofa in pjs. You can thank me later.
Ok, so I clearly took pictures on two occasions, one of which I made a round pizza with red onion and the other I made a rectangular one without. Busted!