About once a week I make pizzas from scratch. The kids love them, they are super quick to make and great for using up odds and ends of meat and veggies.
People have been shocked and amazed that I make my own pizza bases – seriously folks, if you’ve never tried it then you should! It is soooooooo easy and really tasty!
This is the recipe I use and it always works out perfectly!
- 2 tsp dried action yeast (or one of the wee sachets if you are not going to use yeast very often)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt (I use less than this)
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
- Add the sugar, salt and yeats to the warm water in a measuring jug and mix together.
- Leave that to do it’s thing while you measure out the flour and add the olive oil in a thin stream. Stir that together.
- Stir the yeast mixture into the flour and mix well to make a dough
- Turn out onto a lightly floured bench and knead until it is all smooth and elastic.
- Put back into bowl and cover with a damp cloth, then leave somewhere warm for about 20 minutes (you could do all this ahead and put it in the fridge at this point until dinner time)
- Turn the dough back out and punch it about a bit. Cut in half and roll out on a baking sheet, or preferably a pizza stone.
- Cover with toppings of choice and bake for 15 minutes or so.
I always top them with red pesto rather than just tomatoes or passata, it’s a bit more tasty! The kids have ham, pepperami or little bits of chicken, sometimes sweetcorn, broccoli, spinach – whatever we’ve got in. Michael and I have discovered the joy of Aussie Pizzas – a ham and cheese pizza with an egg cracked onto it! Fantastic!