Thursday, 29 September 2011

Basic Pizza Dough

Making your own pizza dough is strangely satisfying. It taste so much better then the stodgy thick bases you can buy pre made. The only thing that may even come close to a home made pizza base is my other favourite type of base, pita bread.

It takes a little time but once made you can wrap it in glad wrap and put it in the freezer. It will keep for 3 months. Get the kids to help out, they will love the gooey floury mess!

Makes 2 30cm bases
Ingredients:
7g sachet of yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of plain flour - plus extra for dusting
2 tbl spoons olive oil

Method:
1. Mix 3/4 cup warm water, yeast, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Cover with a tea towel and set aside for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy.
2. Sift flour, add the yeast mixture and oil in a large bowl. Mix into a dough consistency. If the dough seems too sticky, add more flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Cover and rest in a warm place for 25-30 minutes or until double in size.
3. Punch dough down and knead for a further 2 minutes. If freezing your dough, at this point wrap the dough in cling film and put in the freezer. Cut dough in half. Roll out each half to form a 30 cm base. Alternatively you can make this into 4 small pizzas or 4 calzone.
4. Add your fav toppings and cook in 180 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

Enjoy :)

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