Pretty Pizza.

March 1, 2010

We have kind of established a family tradition of making home-made pizza every weekend. We certainly can’t afford home delivery, even a fairly good deli pizza in the supermarket is about £4.00, and one pizza between 4 people is not enough, well in our house anyway!

So I thought I would share some tips on what makes a good pizza and where to buy good cheap ingredients.

Making the dough can be time-consuming but its worth it, it also helps you to de-stress, all that kneading and beating the life out of it, think of your bosses face if that helps 🙂

These pizzas plus amazing toppings work out about 2 quid each!

Dough.

250-350ml/8¾-12¾fl oz lukewarm water
1 tbsp active dried yeast
550g/1lb 3½oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp clear honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing

Method

1. Pour 150ml/5¼fl oz of the water into a bowl and sprinkle over the yeast. Stir to dissolve, then leave to rest in a warm place for ten minutes.
2. Sift the flour, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Stir the honey and olive oil into the yeast mixture until well combined.
3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, mixing to form a soft and slightly sticky dough. Add enough of the remaining water, little by little, until you have achieved the correct consistency.
4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and lightly flour your hands. Knead the dough for ten minutes until it is smooth and pliable.  Lightly oil a large bowl – it should be big enough to allow the dough to double in size. Put the dough inside and cover with cling film. Set aside in a warm place for 1-2 hours. Whilst its rising pour yourself a well-earned glass of something!
6. When the dough has doubled in size, remove the cling film and punch the dough down. Remove from the bowl and knead again until smooth. Shape into whatever size or shape you want, a big rectangle works well in my oven, I can normally get 2 out of a ball of dough. Oh and use a bit of flour to stop the dough sticking.

Now for the topping…..

Getting Saucy.

I make my own tomato sauce but a shop bought one is just fine, or just use passatta straight form the carton with some torn basil.

On top. (sorry for the innuendo)

  • Mozzarella, mushrooms and smoked ham. I really recommend Lidl mozzarella its way cheaper than other shops and great quality, I also love the Serrano ham they stock and the German Black Forest smoked ham is awesome.
  • Goats cheese, roast squash and red chilli. Chop your squash into small cubes, cover in olive oil and roast in a hot oven for 25mins, add some garlic cloves for some pep! Once roasted scatter on top of your pizza with some goats cheese (a mild one is best) and a chopped red chilli. This is an awesome pizza, I love it my husband hates it.
  • Tuna, red onion and black olive. This looks really pretty and the tastes go really well together, it’s incredibly cheap to make.

I really cant express how much fun pizza night is and it’s so good cold the next day. Im going to try and find a local cheese to use on my pizza so I will keep you informed if I find such a thing!

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