The other day I had a bit of time to fill with the children so I suddenly thought we could make a pizza for dinner. I found a recipe on BBC Goodfood and made a list of the ingredients we didn’t have such as Strong Bread flour and yeast (well I did have yeast but it was well out of date) and then we headed off to the local shops to stock up.
For the base:
300g strong bread flour
1tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
For the tomato sauce:
Handful fresh basil
1 garlic clove, crushed
For the topping:
125g mozzarella, sliced (we used grated mozzarella as all the shop had, still tasted good)
Any other toppings you like, we used some sliced chorizo
1. Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, stir in yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and olive oil and bring together with wooden spoon until you have a soft, wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5mins until smooth. Cover with tea towel and set aside.
2. Make the sauce: Mix passata, basil and crushed garlic together and set aside.
3. Roll out the dough. Split into two balls. On a floured surface roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling-pin. The dough needs to be really thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
4. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 8. Put another baking sheet upside down in the oven on the top shelf to heat up. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon, add whichever toppings you are using and then scatter over the cheese.
This recipe was so quick and easy to do. Charley enjoyed all the mixing and rolling and actually ate a couple of pieces of it as well. (Just remember that the tomato gets baking hot in the oven and takes a while to cool)
A good afternoon filler.