Perfect pizza

    2 hours 10 min

    I love making pizza, I've made it from scratch so many times since you can choose the thickness of the dough depending on how you like your base. It's actually quite easy to make pizza dough, and it tastes so much more authentic. You can replace half the plain flour with wholemeal to make it a little more nutritious.


    Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    6 people made this

    Makes: 2 large or 4 small pizzas

    • For the pizza dough
    • 400g plain white strong flour
    • 1 1/2 tablespsoons dried yeast or 1 sachet of easy bake yeast
    • 25ml hot water
    • 25ml milk
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing over base
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Tepid water, to add to dough
    • Flour, for dusting
    • To top it off
    • Passata (sieved tomatoes)
    • Grated mozzarella cheese
    • Pizza toppings of your choice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr40min rising  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Pile the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
    2. Mix the yeast with the water and milk in a small bowl (and/or follow packet instructions as this varies depending on what type of yeast you are using); wait for the yeast to become foamy, about 10 minutes, then pour into the flour with half the olive oil and salt. Mix together and knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Grease a large bowl with the remaining olive oil, place the dough inside, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
    4. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
    5. Gently turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes. Split the dough into 2 or 4 pieces and roll out in to circles. Place on a baking sheet and lightly brush with oil.
    6. Top with passata, grated mozzarella cheese and your favourite pizza toppings.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven until the dough is cooked and crisp and golden around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.

    Cook's Note

    Try a variety of different pizza toppings including goat cheese and red onion, proscuitto with mushroom and parsley (my favourite!), chicken with rosemary and pepper or gorgonzola cheese with caramelised onion.

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