Pizza

A simple, homemade pizza - all made from scratch. Please use good toppings (especially NOT cheap cheese) and you will have a pizza that is so much better than anything you can buy frozen. You have to pre-heat your oven to full whack - whatever it is willing to give you - and have it run at full pelt for at least 15 minutes before putting your pizza in.

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Ingredients for 4

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Pizza Base

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Ingredients
500 gramsplain flour
1 1/2 teaspoonsugar (8 grams)
2 teaspoonsdried yeast (8 grams)
3/4 teaspoonssalt (4 grams)
300 mlswater
1 1/4 tablespoonolive oil (20 mls)
Salt content: 0.5% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)

Pizzaiola

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Ingredients
400 gramschopped tomatoes
1 oniononion (medium size, 160g each) (160 grams)
2 3/4 clovesfresh garlic (medium size, 3g each) (8 grams)
3/4 teaspoonssalt (4 grams)
1 1/2 teaspoonfresh basil (4 grams)
1 1/4 tablespoondried oregano (4 grams)
1/2 teaspoonground black pepper (1 grams)
2 3/4 tablespoonsolive oil (40 mls)
Salt content: 0.5% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)
I have not listed any ingredients for the toppings. Choose whatever you like - salami, vegetables, cheeses, anchovies, ... just don't overdo it if you don't want a soggy pizza.

Method

Pizza Base

Dissolve your dried yeast and sugar in a bit of your lukewarm water and stir well. Let the yeast sit for 20 minutes. Sift the flour, add the olive oil and the salt to it, and then the yeast and the rest of the water. Knead well - this takes 10 to 15 minutes! Then let the dough sit for 2 hours to prove. Knead again, roll out and it's ready to use.
Bake your pizza in the oven at maximum temperature. Yes, that's full whack. A pizza oven does 350 C, so if your oven does less (and it does), crank it up to the max.

Pizzaiola

Chop the onions and garlic, fry them in olive oil until translucent. Then add the spices and tomatoes. Let it simmer for half an hour to reduce the water content, then take a blender to it and let it cool down.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pizza Base

Recipe PhotoPut your flour in a bowl. In this picture, it isn't sifted yet. Sift the flour.
Recipe PhotoMix the yeast with the sugar and 50ml of your lukewarm water and stir, then let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes until it develops foam on top.
Recipe PhotoAdd the olive oil and salt to the flour.
Recipe PhotoThis is what the yeast will look like after 10 minutes. Now add the yeast to the flour, oil and salt and add the rest of the lukewarm water. Mix with your hands and knead until you have a smooth dough ... this will take a good 10 minutes hard work!
Recipe PhotoThis is what the kneaded dough looks like. If you have any left-over dough, you can easily freeze it in a plastic freezer bag. To thaw it, just leave the bag outside the freezer for a couple of hours and use as normal.
Recipe PhotoCover the dough with a clean, dry dish towel and let it prove for 2 hours.
Recipe PhotoThis is what the dough looks like when it has risen.
Recipe PhotoTake a piece of dough and pat into a round shape as seen here.
Recipe PhotoYou can either roll out the dough or pat it on to your pizza dish or baking tray. If you can fling it into the air and turn it, please give me lessons on how to do that!

Pizzaiola

Recipe PhotoChop the onions and garlic, fry in olive oil, and add the tomatoes and spices. Let simmer for half an hour to reduce the water content. Then take a blender to it and let it cool down.
Recipe PhotoSpread the pizzaiola on your base - best done by putting a blob into the middle and then moving the pan quickly back and forth. Or just use a tablespoon to spread it.
Recipe PhotoPut on your toppings. Don't overdo it - stick to 2 or three toppings and don't put too much on. An overloaded pizza will get soggy.
Recipe PhotoPut on your cheese. I love mozzarella, but it is entirely up to you what you want to use. Cheddar works quite well, too. Or mix some cheeses - e.g. mozzarella and stilton.
Recipe PhotoPut the pizza into your pre-heated oven (heat up to the maximum - whatever your oven is capable of doing!). After roughly 12 minutes, the pizza is done.
Recipe PhotoHere is quite a different pizza - no pizzaiola, and different vegetables and cheddar cheese. This pizza was cooked on a Cobb Barbequeue for 15 minutes with the lid closed.

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Comments:
1010
5I know that feeling all too well. I burn the life out of gailrc bread and have been banned from using the oven for life. :) Luckily, my 16-year old daughter is a great cook, so between her and hubby they keep us all well fed.
4little bit of flour onto the cnouter top and dump dough onto the cnouter. Begin to knead the dough (take a look at the video again here if you need a reminder), adding a bit of flour if it gets too sticky to work with or begins to stick to the table. You may
8If time is money you've made me a weehalitr woman.
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7I love the idea of a baking day, and given that we siuvrved without an oven for nearly a year (gasp!) I think it should be instated starting now. We had a gas stove that worked fine, but the stove components were electrical so the temp, time etc couldn't be programmed but now we have a new gas stove and my boys love baking too thanks for the inspiration!~Erin
5love the blog! we have 5 children and would like more, so rdnaieg your blog is like a peek into what the future could be like! I'm wondering if you used molds to get those great shapes from the salt dough? and if so, WHERE did you find them? I've never seen any shaped like race cars or dinosaurs, just pretty ones for making candy.thanks!
10Thank you very much and must tell you that your methods were brilliant....i know know how to make a pizza of my own well thanks again...pizza.recipies.com
10my family love this pizza its great!
10wow it works
10Think I have used this 6-7 times now, Thank you being able to select the number of bases and it just calculate is the best
10Nice n easy 10
10Nice n easy 10
10Very nice step by step info
10very well
10lovely food quick and hasty but so wholesome and not as lengthy as other fast food recipes i havefrom both sides of our family
10very well
9nice recp thanks
10wowwww!!! cant help it am salivating
9Helps make great pizza in easy steps. Could of added a video of how to do it.
10nice and easy !
10this was so useful for me while cooking
1010 Awesome
10nice recp I luv it
9Nice reciepe
9Nice reciepe
10This is very good, easy home made pizza
10THANKS :D
9It's excellent but I do not like how it turn in the end
10Very easy steps to a delicious pizza.
10The best
10The best
10Great
10Thanks it's helpful and practical! Cheers
10mmm make me one !!! im so mf hungry
10it seems really easy bt hard to do
10I like it
10it looks discusting.
10Its quite eassy and take a small time to bake
10I have learnt a lot
9Thanks a lot. Because of this I had my first home pizza
10lovely
10nice
9I like to put seasoning in with the flour for the dough, other than that great recipe, nice and easy to follow :)
10But do you now how to make pitta bread pizzas
10looks grat..must try
10Great DEEP DISH PIZZA. Dough was supergreat!
9wow!the procedure is so easy to follow
10I enjoyed reading all that. Thanks!
10Excellent instructions.Fantastic tasting pizza.Thank you .