Melanie's Food Adventures

P is for Pizza

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I’m a big fan of pizza, but have always grudged the price of takeaway and good quality ones from supermarkets, so I thought it was high time I made my own. They are ridiculously easy to make and it’s something everyone can get involved with on a weekend.

Having heard time & time again that Jamie Oliver‘s pizza dough was the best, I decided to go for it last Saturday. Wee Food Adventurer loved helping his Daddy make his pizza and they tasted fantastic!

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INGREDIENTS (makes 6-8 medium sized thin bases)

1kg White Bread Flour (or 800g White Bread Flour and 200g Semolina Flour – this is the option I went with as I love the texture of the semolina through the dough)

1tsp Fine Sea Salt

2 x 7g Sachets of Dried Yeast

1tbsp Golden Caster Sugar

4tbsp Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

650ml Lukewarm Water


METHOD

  1. Sieve your flour(s) and salt onto a clean work surface and make a well in the middle
  2. In a jug with a spout, mix your sachets of Yeast with 1tbsp  Golden Caster Sugar, 4tbsp Olive Oil and 650ml lukewarm Water and leave for a few minutes.
  3. Now start to pour the mixture slowly into the well, using a fork to bring the flour in gradually from the sides, swirling it into the liquid as you stir. As you continue to mix, bring more and more flour into the dough until it starts to come together.

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  1. Dust your hands with a little more flour and knead the dough for around 10 minutes until you have a smooth, springy dough. There’s a great video here to show you how to knead the dough and Gennaro is fantastic to watch!!

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  1. Now place your dough into a large flour-dusted bowl and lightly flour the top of it and place it in a warm spot in the house for an hour, until it has doubled in size

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  1. Tip your dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it for a minute or so to push the air out of the dough (this is called knocking back the dough).

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At this point you can now use the dough, or flour the dough and wrap it tightly in clingfilm before popping it into the fridge or freezer until required. If you are freezing it then I would suggest splitting it up into smaller balls so that you can take out what you need.

  1. Preheat your oven to 250°c / 220° fan / 500°f / Gas Mark 5. Roll your pizza dough out into a rough circle of 0.5mm thick around 15-20 minutes before you plan to cook it. Slightly oil your tray before placing your pizza onto it and place into the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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  1. You can top your pizza with anything you want! Below is a quick recipe for your tomato sauce base to get you started….

*Peel and finely slice one clove of Garlic. Pick the leaves off a small bunch of fresh  Basil, discarding the leaves.

* Pour a splash of Olive Oil into a pan and place over a medium/low heat and add the Garlic, cooking gently until it starts to turn golden. Now add the Basil leaves (Holding a few back for sprinkling over your final pizza), 1 tin of good quality Plum Tomatoes and a good pinch of Salt & Pepper and cook for around 20 minutes. Mash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon as they cook to produce a smooth sauce.

* Taste your sauce again for seasoning.

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As you can see, Wee Food Adventurer was very happy with the final result!

 

Melanie, Food Adventurer

 

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