Recipe #62: Pizza, pizza, pizza!

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So, I’m no expert on making pizzas. This was my first bash at making pizza… and somehow it turned out perfect – just how I like it. The base was perfectly cooked, crisp and tasty, my tomato paste was delicious and my topping choice of tuna and caperberries was amazing.

I’m not going to tell you how to make a tuna and caperberry pizza – instead I’m going to tell you how I made the basis of any good pizza – the base and the tomato sauce, so you can make your own topping and freestyle it!

This pizza could feed four, although tonight it fed two of us because we’re greedy – and only ate it with a little salad. Team it up with a big salad, and maybe some dips and potatoes if you’re having people round for dinner in the garden – it’s perfect Summer food.

For the base you’ll need:

  • 14g or two 7g sachets of fast action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 250ml luke warm water
  • 350g strong white flour (I only had extra strong flour so I combined 250g of this was 100g plain flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1tsp olive oil

Method:

  1. In a measuring jug, combine your yeast and sugar. Add in 50ml of your water and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine your flour and salt, make a well and add in your olive oil, yeast, the rest of your water and mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add some flour to a clean surface and knead your dough for 5 minutes. Place back into your mixing bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size (if you live in a cold place, like we do, put your oven on, open the door and leave in near by).
  4. Knead again for 2 minutes, spread with your hands and then roll out to 5mm thick. Place on a well oiled baking tray, ready for topping.

To make your tomato paste: 

  • NOTE: You should make your tomato paste whilst your pizza dough is rising.
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A good squeeze of tomato puree – about 1tsp

Method:

  1. In a shallow pan, heat some oil and add your crushed garlic.
  2. After 1 minute add in your chopped tomatoes, basis and seasoning and leave to cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes.
  3. In the last few minutes, add in some puree and leave to cool before you put in on your pizza base.

Finish your pizza:

Add your sauce onto your pizza base, sprinkle on some cheese of your choice and anything else you wish. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Until tomorrow

Hayley Jayne xx

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