Pizza from scratch

Great for social gatherings. Prepare the dough, buy a bunch of toppings, and let your guests design their own.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 4 pieces.

250 g flour
10 g yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
150 ml water warm
Pizza base
100 ml tomato purée
1 tsp oregano
tinned apricots for something different :)

All the good stuff you can think of

4 balls mozerella 1 per pizza
250 g mushrooms sliced
1 onions sliced into rings
1 chicken breast fried and sliced (perfect with apricot base)
100 g ham chopped
1 tinned corn

Make a yeast starter by dissolving the yeast in warm water, sugar, and a few spoons of flour. Store in a warm place, such as on a radiator for a few minutes, until it starts to activate and grow. Combine the remaining flour, salt, and oil in a bowl. Pour in the yeast starter and knead well until it is a damp, glossy ball of dough. Cover with a teatowel and return to its warm happy place for 20-30 mins. Once the dough has doubled in size, split it into four balls. Each will make one pizza, and can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen if necessary. For a "regular" tomato sauce, mix oregano and tomato puré in a cup, with a spot of ketchup. For something a little more interesting (especially if you like offending the food purists), you can make a great apricot base by draining the liquid out of a tin of apricots and blending them directly in the can with a stab-mixer. Trust me on this one. ;) Preheat oven to 180°C, without fan. Take a ball of dough, and flatten it into a disc. Sprinkle coarse flour over a flat, clean surface. Roll as flat as possible with a rolling pin (or an empty wine bottle), periodically sprinkling more flour and flipping to prevent sticking. Place baking paper on a baking tray. Transfer pizza base onto the paper. Apply a thin layer of sauce onto the base. Add all the delicious toppings you like. Bake for about 20 mins, or until it looks ready.


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