Pizza Margherita

    Pizza Margherita


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    About this recipe: Make your own Margherita pizza! This classic pizza simply features tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and a hint of sea salt.

    Serves: 4 

    • 440g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 235ml water
    • 7g dried active yeast
    • 1 pinch caster sugar
    • 30g flour for dusting
    • 475ml pizza sauce
    • 20 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
    • 20 leaves fresh basil
    • olive oil
    • sea salt to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr5min proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Stir flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.
    2. Mix water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir half the flour mixture into yeast mixture until no dry spots remain. Stir in remaining flour, a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. When dough pulls together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
    4. Lightly oil a large bowl, then place dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (27 to 35 degrees C) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch dough down, divide into 4 equal pieces, and form each into a ball.
    5. Preheat oven with a pizza stone to 260 C / Gas 10.
    6. Stretch out and pat 1 pizza dough ball to form a circle 25cm to 30cm in diameter. Place dough on a lightly floured pizza peel. Top with some of the tomato sauce and spread to cover within 2cm of the edge of the pizza dough. Arrange 5 slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the tomato sauce, then place 5 basil leaves on top. Drizzle pizza with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Repeat for 3 remaining dough balls.
    7. Slide each pizza onto the pizza stone in the preheated oven. Bake until cheese is bubbly and the underside of the base is golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

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