It’s January, and that means unfortunately it is time for healthy eating! But before all the smoothies, or for a (reasonably) healthy weekend get-together try these homemade Pizzas!
I’ve had a lot of time to experiment with cooking lately and thought I’d stray away from Cakes for a little bit and try something which is a bit different and perfect for a chilled afternoon with the girls.
Making your own Pizza is way easier than you think it would be, and I even made the dough myself with yeast and everything!
For a really easy meal, make the dough the day/night before and store it in the fridge (it can also be frozen).
To make the dough you’ll need (luckily I had all the ingredients in the cupboard):
- 250-350ml/8¾-12¾fl oz lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp active dried yeast
- 550g/1lb 3½oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp clear honey
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
Pour 150ml/5¼fl oz of the water into a bowl and sprinkle over the yeast. Stir to dissolve, then leave to rest in a warm place for ten minutes.
Sift the flour, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Stir the honey and olive oil into the yeast mixture until well combined.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, mixing to form a soft and slightly sticky dough. Add enough of the remaining water, little by little, until you have achieved the correct consistency.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and lightly flour your hands. Knead the dough for ten minutes until it is smooth and pliable.
Lightly oil a large bowl – it should be big enough to allow the dough to double in size. Put the dough inside and cover with cling film. Set aside in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
When the dough has doubled in size, remove the cling film and punch the dough down. Remove from the bowl and knead again until smooth.
It’s at this point you can store the dough to use the following day.
When you’re ready to make your pizzas, pre heat the oven to quite a high heat I’d say 200ºc and then this is the hard bit – flattening the dough into round pizza shapes. This bit we struggled with!! When googling it said:
“Divide into five round balls and let the dough rest before shaping.To shape the dough, lift a ball of dough on to a lightly floured work surface and lightly flour the top. Flatten the dough with your fingers before picking it up and slapping it onto your work surface. Repeat this a couple of times. Now drape the dough over your clenched fist and stretch it gently from the outside rim.” It sounds a lot easier than it is so good luck!
When they’re ready to decorate with toppings, slather on tomato puree, cheese, garlic and whatever else you want. We opted for a huge range of toppings including chicken, salami, spinach, peppers, mushrooms… it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!