Pizza for grown-ups

    1 hour 35 min

    This is a grown-ups alternative to the regular pizza choice of tomato puree and cheese. I am topping the pizza with fried red onion and Serrano ham but you can always experiment with your own toppings.


    Cheshire, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Makes: 3 pizzas

    • 500g strong white flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 7g dried active yeast
    • 250ml water
    • For the topping
    • 2 large red onions, sliced
    • olive oil
    • 1 pinch soft brown sugar
    • 1 (250g) ball mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • 1 handful grated Cheddar or another strong cheese
    • 3 to 6 slices Serrano ham
    • balsamic vinegar

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Mix together the flour and salt to one side of your bowl and yeast to the other. Add the water bit by bit (you may not need it all).
    2. When it has all left the sides of the bowl turn out and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and leave to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
    3. Turn out and knock back. Then shape your pizza bases as thin as possible. I usually split this mixture into 3 lots.
    4. Pre-heat your oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Put the baking trays in the oven to heat up. This will help make the base crispy. If you like a crispy base you can even cook the base at this stage for 5 minutes on its own before adding the toppings.
    5. In a frying pan add your red onion to some olive oil and brown sugar and fry slowly to soften and caramelise.
    6. Add the onions to the pizza base along with the cheeses, ham and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
    7. Slip onto the hot tray and bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with a fresh salad.


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