Sunday, 5 July 2015

Homemade Pizza

This is quite an old post and was written a while ago when I was still revising but I thought I would still share it because I remember it was a tasty pizza.

I decided one day when I was revising that I fancied doing some baking (a regular occurrence) and seeing as it was lunch time I would make some pizza. Forgetting that you need to leave this for an hour to rise as well as a total of 15 mins kneading time, well I didn't get my lunch till going up for 3!

*I think if you used all the dough from this recipe it would make a pizza big enough for two but I halved it and made a small pizza

Ingredients :
70ml hand-hot water (you will probably need some more but this is to start with) 
Pinch of sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
200g strong white flour (although I used self raising)
1 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
Olive oil for rubbing on the dough

First you need to pour the water in a bowl and whisk in the sugar and yeast, make sure it is all whisked together and then leave somewhere warm for 15 mins until there are bubbles, the above picture on the left is before, the picture on the right is with bubbles after leaving it for 15 mins. 

Meanwhile, sieve (although I'm lazy and never sieve and it usually turns out right for me) the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt. When bubbles are on top of the yeast mixture pour it into the flour and add the beaten egg, mix this all together. You may need a bit more water but make sure you use water of a similar temperature as the bit you used previously. When you can make it into a ball and there is no other dough on the sides of the bowl bring it onto the working surface and knead it for a good ten minutes, your arms will be hurting half way through this process but you won't need to go to the gym! It helps if you have some really energetic music playing quite loud, The Killers came on when I was kneading which was perfect!

You then need to put the dough back in the bowl (when it's silky smooth and fairly elastic) and rub the surface with oil, then put cling film over the top of the bowl and leave it in a warm place for an hour and it should have doubled in size. You can see that the picture on the left is with oil on before it has had time to rise and the dough in the picture on the right is after it has had time to rise for an hour, I wouldn't say that it has doubled in size but it was a lot bigger. You then need to put it on the working surface and knead for another 5 mins. 

Once you have kneaded it you can put it on a tray and make it into whatever shape you like, I should have made this thinner as I prefer to have a thinner pizza. I then put tomato puree on although salsa is really tasty on pizza too. I also cut up some mozzarella, I should have put some more of that on, I put some parmasan on too but I think that might have made the pizza taste a bit on the salty side. Add a bit of salt and pepper as well as herbs to give some flavour. You could do whatever pizza toppings you like. 

 Cook in the oven on Gas 7/220 degrees C for around ten mins or until it is a nice golden colour and thoroughly cooked.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, leave me some comments about what toppings you like on your pizza and if this recipe worked for you.

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