Easy homemade pizza from scratch

Thursday, November 28, 2013


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. homemade pizza baseUsing 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.

pricked pizza base

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.

homemade pizza topping

They'll want about 12 minutes in the oven but keep an eye on them to avoid burning.

homemade pizza

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!

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  1. YUM!!! Definitely going to be trying this out! Xx emsypickle.blogspot.co.uk xx

  2. Oh, I can't think how long it's been since I ate pizza - yum!

  3. Well this pizza looks all kinds of good!

    Kylie - lazy2lovley.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Mmmmm, not made from scratch before!! X

  5. You can't beat a homemade pizza. i must admit though I cheat and make my dough in the bread maker, it make amazing pizza dough. My lot never have pizza out now as they say its just not as good as mine. High praise indeed!

    X x

  6. Might have to have a go at making a veggie version of this. I LOVE pizza and it looks delish! :)


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  8. 2250C!

    Ye gods, that's not an oven, that's a furnace. I reckon about 30s at that temperature will cook anything to 'well done'.

  9. This looks delicious! I've been experimenting for a while to get the perfect pizza base, but it's not quite worked yet, might try out this recipe!

    Hmm maybe...

  10. wow that looks delicious! just found your blog via the lbloggers chat and i'm loving your fitness posts! definitely having a read through :D
    lily x

  11. The closest I've ever been to homemade is adding my own toppings to a pre made pizza base. Not exactly domestic goddess territory. I am tempted to try this recipe though...

  12. Yummm this looks so so good!

  13. These look amazing, will have to give it a go one day. I made cauliflower pizza which is a very healthy alternative to pizza and tastes amazing! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life


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