Monday, 3 October 2011

Homemade Pizza! (and cheats garlic bread)

I love pizza, especially homemade pizza. I used to buy the base before I got into making my own bread. Then I would make my own tomato sauce and feel smug that I made my own pizza. Now I'm into my breadmaking, I make the base and have been buying the sauce! Someday I will put the two homemade elements together...

I found a superhealthy pizza recipe on the BBC Good Food website which I have adapted into a not-quite-so-healthy pizza recipe!

100g strong white bread flour
100g strong wholemeal bread flour
7g sachet or fast action yeast
125ml warm water (1/3 boiling and 2/3 cold should give you the right temperature)
1tbsp olive oil

  1. Add the sachet of yeast to both flours and mix together.

  2. Add the olive oil to the warm water.

  3. Pour the water/oil mix into the dry ingredients and mix with a clean hand. I find that holding your hand like a claw helps combine the ingredients together quickly.

  4. Once the dough has come together, knead it for a minute then roll it out on a flour surface into a rough circle. It should be about 2-3mm thick, depending on how thin/thick you like your pizza base!

  5. Place the base on a pizza tray, or baking sheet if you don't have one.

  6. Smooth over some tomato pizza sauce. This can be anything you fancy, from tomato purée to ragu or salsa if you like!

  7. Add toppings. My husband likes salami, chorizo or saucisson and chillis. I like ham and a bit of salami. I also tried some of my onion jam on a corner to see what it was like (very nice!). Then we added some grated cheddar and slices of mozzarella.

  8. Bake in a preheated oven (220C Fan/240C/460F/Gas9) for 10-12 minutes.

  9. Enjoy!

Cheats garlic bread

  1. Crush a garlic clove into about a tablespoon of butter.

  2. Add a generous pinch of Italian herb mix.

  3. Take a part-bake baguette and cut in half lengthways.

  4. Spread your garlicky herby butter mix on both cut sides.

  5. Place both buttery cut sides together and loosely wrap in foil then place on a baking sheet (the foil helps the butter melt into the bread and stops the bread from burning).

  6. Bake at according to instructions on the part-bake packet.

Try with some caramelised onion jam!

1 comment:

  1. Oh you're making me so hungry! yum yum yum