Method Prep:30min › Extra time:50min rising › Ready in:1hr20min
Let's get started. The first step is to activate the yeast. You need a small bowl for this. Put 60ml of warm water and add 1 1/2 teaspoons (or half a tablespoon) of yeast. Then add half a teaspoon of granulated sugar, and stir it in. Leave the mix in a warm place for 15 minutes to make the yeast activate. This completes the preparations.
Step two is to make the dough. You will need a mixing bowl and chopping board for this. Put 150g of strong bread flour into the bowl and add the activated yeast. Next, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix the ingredients well with your hands. If the dough feels too hard, add some warm water to make it softer. Knead the dough until it starts to stick together and is no longer floury.
Knead the dough some more on the chopping board, pressing with the palms of your hands, pushing at away from you. Rotate the dough 45 degrees and fold it in half. Continue kneading as before until the surface of the dough is smooth and moist.
It's now time to gather the dough and let it rest. You will need a chopping board, a kitchen knife, a deep dish and a tea towel. First, dust the deep dish with flour. To do this, the flour should by lightly sprinkled along the bowl so the dough will not stick to the bottom or sides of the bowl. It's fine to use the same kind of flour that is in the dough. Gather the dough into a single lump, and then cut it in half. Use your hands to roll each half of the dough into a ball. Wait for a few minutes before transferring the balls of dough into the dusted deep dish. Cover the deep dish with the dough inside with a dry tea towel. Keep the covered deep dish in a warm place for about 50 minutes.
The final step is to roll the pizza bases. You will need a rolling pin. Remove the dough from the deep dish and squeeze to let out any gas that has built up due to the active yeast. Dust the dough and the rolling pin with flour and roll the dough into flat, round pizza bases.
The pizza bases are ready for use in your favourite pizza recipe!
Advice for more or less pizza bases: Depending on the size of the grill pan in your oven, you can make several pizza bases at a time.