Friday, 4 January 2013

Simple homemade pizza dough

Sometimes the simple things in life are just what's needed, so when junior asked me if we could make pizza for tea, I thought "why not!".  All of the ingredients came either out of the store cupboard, the fridge or the freezer, so nothing was spent today in buying these.  And for once, I actually remembered to have the camera on hand while I was doing something ;)


375g plain flour
7g dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1Tbs caster sugar (or whatever you've got)
2 Tbs olive oil
8 floz warm water

Throw the ingredients into a bowl - I use my beloved thrifted Mason Cash mixing bowl which I picked up for £1.50 (I think ones this size cost around £20 new, so I was well chuffed!) - and mix together to form a dough.

Knead for around 5 minutes, or until your dough becomes nicely smooth and elastic, and doesn't stick to your work surface.  You shouldn't have to add any more flour other than the initial dusting, and you'll see a noticeable change in the dough texture, which is hopefully visible in the photo below.

I had a friend over today so there were three of us needing tea today, and as everyone likes different things on their pizza, I ended up making 3 separate ones from one batch of dough, although this amount of dough can easily feed several adults.

Plain cheese and tomato
The slight shadow on the right of the photo above is Small, trying to lean into the picture.  He didn't realise I'd zoomed in for a close up and that he wasn't actually in shot at all!
Mushroom, tuna and king prawns
Red pepper and salami/pepperoni meat feast
Yes, the meat feast one did get more cheese put on it than what's shown in the pic :D

My pizzas are never the perfect circles of commercially produced ones; they're always a bit wobbly round the edges.  Nobody minds though as they taste extremely good, and the beauty is that you get to add (or not) whatever you want to it.


Until next time. x

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