Who doesn’t love pizza?!
The great thing is that everyone can make their own and add their favourite toppings. That is just what we decided to do on Saturday night. It’s best to do pizzas when you have a few hours to spare as the dough needs to be made then left to rise for a few hours. These are just a few examples of toppings, the possibilities are endless! This recipe was kindly given to me by some Italian friends, grazie Francesco e Patrizia! 🙂
Makes 4/5 medium sized pizzas
1kg strong bread flour
400ml warm water
40g olive oil
1. Dissolve the yeast in a jug with the warm water,milk, salt and sugar. Leave to rest for about 10 minutes.
2. Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl, add the liquid mixture and olive oil to the flour and combine together with your hands. Once all the ingredients are combined, transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is pliable.
3. Place the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover loosely. Leave to rise for about 2 hours in a warm place.
4. After leaving to rise, divide the dough into 4 or 5 bits and roll out into medium sized pizza bases. I think the thinner the better but it’s up to you how you do it. Place the bases onto baking trays that are lined with greaseproof paper. Leave the bases to rest for a further 30 minutes.
5. Meanwhile prepare all your toppings. Tomato passata with some oregano works very well for the tomato base.
6. After leaving to rest, top with the tomato base, place in the oven at 180C/Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes then remove from the oven, top with the remaining toppings and bake for a further 10 minutes or until it’s at your desired crispiness!
We had leftover dough so made some dough balls and garlic butter to go with them. Totally unnecessary but extremely yummy and a good way to use up the dough.
Although you could of course save that dough for the next day. We didn’t need to eat it all in one sitting but it was Saturday night and we felt like it! Couldn’t move for a few hours after though! 🙂