Thursday, 19 May 2016

Very Easy Pizza Recipe

Homemade pizza is something I've never attempted, however the children at nursery asked to make pizza so I searched for a recipe among my many cook books and found one that seemed fairly straightforward. Making it with 20 children was so much fun and it tasted so good, I thought my two would really enjoy making and eating their own pizza too.

Miss C was a great helper when it came to kneading the dough. She got the hang of it really quickly!

We decided to make cheese and tomato pizzas. They both thought they tasted really yummy! If you have ever though about making your own pizza, this is such a simple recipe to follow. But do give yourself plenty of time because you need to let the dough rest for an hour.


225g strong white bread flour
1/2 teaspoon of dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
150ml warm water
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Tomato and garlic passata (shop bought or homemade if you have a recipe)
Cheddar and mozzarella cheese mix
Sprinkle of Italian herbs
Few twists of black pepper

Let's cook it

In a large mixing bowl, add your flour, yeast and salt. Stir them together and then make a well (a hole) in the middle of the bowl. Add in your water and oil to the well and then slowly bring the dry ingredients into it. Stir until it has formed a dough.

To start kneading. put some flour onto a clean surface and then, using your hands, knead the dough. With one hand, hold the dough in place and with the other hand pull the dough away from you until it can't stretch any further and fold it back on itself. Repeat this process for around 7-10 minutes.

After kneading the dough, place it in a lightly oiled mixing bowl and place a clean damp tea-towel over the bowl. Leave it in a warm place for around an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat your oven to around 220°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. When you dough has rested, knead it again for 2-3 minutes and then roll it out until it is flat. You could make it circular or rectangular depending how you roll it. I used my hands as well to "shape" the dough.

Once the dough is nice and thin, place it on to the baking tray. Spread on the tomato and garlic passata and load on the cheese, herbs and black pepper. Pop it in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is nice and golden.

Leave the pizza to cool slightly before eating so you don't scald your mouth! It's hard to resist but worth it! You could add a variety of toppings to the pizza just be sure that if you add meat, it has been pre-cooked and to pop the cheese on last!

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