I've wanted to try and make my own pizza for some time now but have always been put off by the fancy recipes I've seen online. Some require a granite slab, others for you to be making the dough on your counter, to pre-heat your baking tray, to own a specialist pizza oven, the list goes on..... They all seemed so complicated and trying to one-up one another. I have tried to keep things basic here; the key thing here is learning how to make the dough. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it and you can make it in a big batch, freeze it, and use it later on. Practice is key - so if, like me, you're a beginner I recommend you also ignore the fancy chef recipes and try this one and remember to let me know how you get on!
If you're an experienced pizza chef feel free to share some pearls of wisdom in the comments!
To make two medium pizzas, you will need:
for the base:
- 300g strong white flour
- 1 tsp salt
as well as the yeast mixture:
- 7g dried yeast (these come pre-weighed in sachets)
- 300ml lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- lashings of mozzarella (I used one 125g ball between two and would've preferred two if I'm honest)
- tomato paste
- whatever toppings your heart desires!
mix together the dried yeast with the sugar, olive oil, and the lukewarm water; let this rest for a few minutes.
sift 300g of strong white flour into your bowl; add the tea spoon of salt; create a well in the centre of the bowl
gradually pour the yeast mixture into the well; using a fork bring the flour into the mixture; keep adding the mixture and stirring until a dough-like consistency has formed
turn out this dough onto a floured surface; knead the mixture for a few (four or five) minutes; when the mixture is smooth put it back into the bowl and cover with a damp cloth; if you want a thicker crust let the dough prove for a while, after the dough has risen you will need to knead it some more.
on a floured or olive oil surface (depending on your preference) roll out the dough into two rounds. the dough should be quite thin as it will rise in the oven. place onto a baking sheet with some tin foil and a dash of oil (if you like your base crispy!)
add your toppings! start with the tomato sauce, add some mozzarella, and whatever your heart desires!
heat your oven to 240'C / 220 fan / gas 8. bake for 8-11 mins until golden and crispy.