You can call me a cheapskate, but I don’t care. I think pizza’s bought from ‘Domino’s’, Pizza Hut, or any of the other well-known pizza chains are a total rip off. It’s one of those food stuffs that is so easy to make, with limited cheap ingredients (baked potato’s are in this category) and they charge exorbitant prices for a circle of bread with a few posh nibbles on top. Before I get completely carried away again in one of my ‘Victor Meldrew’ moments, I’m going to share with you the recipe and picture of the pizza me and my little boy made this afternoon when he finished school. He didn’t want anything extra-ordinary; just a simple (not much) cheese and tomato pizza, made nearly all by himself.
300 g strong white bread flour
200 ml warm water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of light olive oil
1 teaspoon of instant yeast
1 or 2 cloves of garlic grated
For the topping:
Jar of passatta
light olive oil
mixed herbs and seasoning
Put the oven on at about 200 c. Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the water, olive oil, salt and yeast, (If you fancy at this point, grate a couple of garlic cloves into the dough mix), then bring together to form the dough. Knead on a floured board for about 5 minutes; and then you can either leave it to rest until it doubles in size, or roll out the dough into a (SORT OF) circle straight away. If you want a thin crust there is no need to wait for the dough to rise.
Lay your rolled out pizza base onto an oiled baking sheet, spread with the passata according to taste, and then sprinkle over whatever cheese you fancy, with mixed herbs, seasoning and more garlic.
Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.
As you can see it is very basic and a bit haphazard around the edges, yet this adds to it’s character as the taste is definitely superior to a shop bought one. But it would be; it’s homemade x
Kids will love making this because of its simplicity x Pip