Bobcat has reached that infamous toddler’s life time event, where pizza is the best food in the whole world and I expect his love of pizza to stick around for a few years 🙂 So I decided to learn how to make yummy and healthy pizza at home, which doesn’t take too much time and effort. So here’s a recipe for both, absolutely takes no time to prepare them, therefore it’s ideal for a quick meal and you can add your favourite toppings. They are going to be thin, but rustic looking, fluffy pizzas. Even if you’re not a great cook, this will be a great success, trust me! Takes about 10 minutes to prepare the dough (plus 40-60 minutes rest, but that’s not necessary), another 10 minutes for the tomato sauce and 20 minutes baking.
Recipe for the dough:
300g strong white bread flour (you can also use wholemeal or half and half)
200ml lukewarm water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp instant yeast
Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the salt and the yeast. Add the warm water (it has to be warm to activate the yeast). Start stirring with a wooden spoon and when it’s getting firm start using your fingers and knead the dough for about 5 minutes. It has to be smooth and soft, but not sticky. If it’s sticky, dust it with more flour. You can set it aside for 40-60 minutes wich would result a fluffier, risen dough, see photos. Or not, if you don’t have time, just use the dough immediately, it will give you thinner pizzas. Works both ways for me. With the help of a roller pen you can determinate the thickness and the size of the pizzas. It’s all up to you, whatever you prefer.
Recipe for the tomato sauce:
250ml tomato puree
500ml tomato passata
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp of dried oregano
6 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
Heat the oil in a medium pan and add all the ingredients. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Done! Really, it is. That’s all! You can add some onion and garlic if you like and a little chilli, if you want to, I did not use them, because the combination of onion, tomato and yeast can cause heart burn.
Use your favourite toppings and in a preheated oven, on 175C, bake your pizza for 15-20 minutes. Place the rolled out base on the baking rack first, then add the tomato sauce (or veggie sauce) and the toppings. This is a lot easier then transferring the loaded pizza base. What type of pizza oven you use can have a big impact on the flavour of the pizza. You can find great pizza ovens at Stonex.