It is really simple to make, and you get gorgeous pizza with whatever topping you like.
The dough works every time, and you get three large rectangular pizza bases out of the dough mix.
Pizza is very popular at our house, especially after a party when you have leftover hams, cheeses and other deli items that need to be used up. The kids like to make there own, which guarantees they eat it all up, no waste. The crust is not an issue with the kids either, they love it, as it is not too doughy or thick like store bought pizza crusts.
Also what works for us is that I make the dough and get it to the rolled out stage, and my husband (and kids) do the toppings and baking. This way all are participating, no one person has to do the lot.
Give this pizza a try, store bought pizzas just don't compare to a home made version.
Olive oil, to grease
Plain flour, for dusting
Basic Pizza Dough:
450g plain flour
2 teaspoons (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
310ml lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Basic Pizza Sauce:
2 x 400g cans Italian diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toppings Suggestions: no quantities are given, as it is to taste
Mozzarella, thinly sliced or grated
Red capsicum, halved, deseeded, thinly sliced
Kalamata Olives, pitted, halved
Sliced pepperoni or other salami
Shaved double smoked ham
Onions, thinly sliced
Garlic, sliced into thin slivers
Choice of Cheeses:- Parmesan, Jarslberg, Havarti, Tasty cheese etc, grated
Pizza Dough: Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, add the oil and all the lukewarm water (the water needs to be lukewarm to activate the yeast). Mix to a soft dough. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Knead the dough for 3 minutes (if the dough is too sticky add a bit more flour, if it is too dry add a bit more water).
Remove the dough from the bowl, brush the bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turn it over, so the dough gets lightly coated all over with the olive oil. Cover the bowl with cling film, then place a tea towel on top. Leave in a warm spot for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
I have doubled the recipe of the sauce as we like saucy pizzas, you can halve the recipe if you like.
Once the dough has risen, punch the dough once to remove air bubbles. Knead the dough for 1 minute.
Preheat the oven to 240C/220C fan forced. Spray with olive oil spray your baking trays, lightly dust them with some flour. Or you can just use baking paper.
Divide the dough into 3 even pieces. Lightly dust, with flour, a work surface. Roll out the dough to your desired shape and size. I roll it out to be very thin. Carefully lift it onto the baking tray. Stretch the dough out so it completely covers the baking tray.
Spread some of the pizza sauce onto the dough, using the back of a spoon.
Add mozzarella over the sauce. Mozzarella is best placed on the base, not the top as it will go gooey and stretchy, not burn.
Now top with whatever you like, capsicums, mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, ham, garlic, anchovies etc. (The slivers of garlic for me are amazing). Don't over do it, or you will get a soggy pizza, just add a little of everything.
Top with a little more mozzarella if you like, but then top with other cheeses, or a mix of cheeses like tasty cheese, Havarti, Jarslberg etc.
Sprinkle with dried oregano.
Slide off the tray, use a pizza cutter to slice, serve immediately.
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