I was asked by a very good friend recently on how I made my pizza’s as they sounded gorgeous. So here, I’m going to guide you through the basic processes. Homemade pizza is not fast food if you haven’t got the basic parts ready, but you could have one ready in just over an hour.
This is probably the bit that puts people off from making pizza, and it put me off too. But it is quite simple and even a doddle if you own a breadmaker.
To make 2 pizza bases here’s what you need
1 cup of warmish water
3 cups of Bread flour
2 flat teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
A glug of olive oil
1 teaspoon of easy bake yeast.
Bung everything in the breadmaker and switch it on……
Or place the flour on your work surface and make a well in the middle, then add the yeast, sugar, salt, oil and the water and bring it all together. THIS IS MESSY but keep at it. When you finally get a nice ball of dough you need to kneed it for 5 minutes or so. when you have finished kneading, place the dough in a bowl or anything you have handy cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave in a warm place for an hour.
The Tomato Sauce
This is where your pizza will out punch bought ones for taste and you can make it while your base is rising, so here’s how I do it.
Take 1 can of chopped tomatoes. Do not use Value or very cheap tins, they’re cheap for a reason!
Bung them in a pan and simmer till the tomato reduces by half. I usually add a couple of cloves of garlic, diced at the start. And because I’m a chilli head I bung in a couple of thinly sliced chillis.
Was that easy or what?!
Use 1 ball of mozzerella for each pizza. I grate mine into a bowl and sprinkle over the base and add some parmezan and strong cheddar for extra flavour. Do not put too much cheese on as it will make the pizzas stodgy and oily.
Making the Pizza
You’ve got everything ready so now after an hour, take the risen pizza dough and drop it onto a floured work surface and knock it back, that means getting rid of all the air pockets. I like to imagine that the dough is Robbie Williams and give the dough a good pummeling
Once pummelled, divide the dough into 2 equal balls, keep using flour if they are too sticky
Roll out the dough into 12″ circles and place on the essential pizza cooking kit which is a pizza tray
You can get these very cheaply from Tesco or Wilko’s etc
Stretch the base to the edge as it will keep wanting to shrink, spread the tomato on, top with cheese and place in oven for 10-15 minutes on a medium heat.
This is obviously a very basic pizza and you can add ingredients to your liking, and I will post my fave of the moment topping later.
Mamma Mia… Mugsie.