Pizza tastes best when it comes out of the oven freshly baked – I’m yet to find someone who doesn’t like pizza! There really is something to homemade pizza which makes you fall in love with them all over again. When homemade pizza is at its best it can rival or even better those from fancy restaurants and pizzerias. It would be great to have wood-fired ovens at home but with a kitchen oven, you can easily make tasty pizzas.
Though I have made pizzas many a times, it has always been with the ready-made pizza bases and only just recently have we started making it from scratch.
- Pizza base: (6 bases): Make the dough: mix 1/2 pound plain flour, 1 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt together in a large mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil. Gradually add 1/2 – 1 glass of warm water, kneading to form a soft dough. Leave for four hours till the dough has risen. Remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands. Divide the dough up into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas – this amount of dough is enough to make about six to eight medium pizzas. Roll the pizzas out about 15 to 20 minutes before you want to cook them.
- Sauce: In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and saute until soft and transparent. Mix in blended tomato sauce and cirio tomato paste and stir until smooth plus a pinch of salt and sugar to sweeten the sauce. Add a mix of Italian herbs – oregano, basil and tarragon. Bring to slow simmer until you see the oil separating
- Toppings: anything you like, my faves are: sweetcorn, pineapple, onions, pine nuts and basil leaves
Have fun making pizzas…