Tomato and herb pizza base

    1 hour 35 min

    I developed this recipe after a lot of experimenting. Now it's a weekly favourite in our house.

    74 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 350ml (12 fl oz) warm water (45 C)
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 3/4 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
    • 300g (11 oz) plain flour
    • 5 tablespoons wholemeal flour
    • 4 tablespoons fine cornmeal (polenta)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
    • 100g (4 oz) passata
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr rising  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Pour warm water into a small bowl. Dissolve honey and yeast in water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt, black pepper, oregano, basil and rosemary. Add the yeast mixture, passata and olive oil; stir well to combine.
    3. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 230 C / Gas mark 8 and place pizza stone in oven if you're using one.
    4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
    5. Roll the rounds out to desired size. Spread bases with desired pizza sauce from the centre outward and cover with desired toppings. Bake on preheated pizza stone or on lightly oiled pizza tins until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 12 minutes.

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    Made it more kid friendly. The flavour and texture of this base was really good but I found it very difficult to work with because it was really sticky. We made breadsticks for the kids (age 9 and 2) out of the dough and they liked it.  -  15 Sep 2008


    This is one of the best home made pizza base recipes that I've ever made. My husband just loved it, he just holds his breath when I make home made pizza because I can never seem to get a good base. This one was excellent. A little spicy for my taste buds with the quantity of pepper in it so next time I'll half it.  -  15 Sep 2008


    Great! I feel like a real pizza chef. Found myself wanting to throw it up into the air and spin. I'll eventually succeed because this will become my only pizza base recipe I'll ever use.  -  15 Sep 2008