Thursday, 21 May 2009

It's pizza night... pizza night!

How to Make Pizza Bases and Loads of Toppings

Pizza Dough

Makes two pizzas

A Note: You'll find pizza dough much easier to make if you have a bread maker with a 'dough' setting. This is how I make mine as pizza is the thing I make most frequently and it's much easier. Having said that you can make it without one, it just takes a little kneading. If you are making this with a bread maker - place water in pan first, then flour and then rest of ingredients and turn on correct setting.

7g sachet of Yeast

drizzle of Olive Oil

235ml Warm Water

1 heaped tablespoon of sugar

350g of plain flour

1 teaspoon of sea salt

extra flour for dusting tray

Take a large bowl and add all your dry ingredients. Give it a quick mix and then add your water little by little and mix up into a ball of dough. At this stage you may need to either add a little extra flour or water to get this.

Flour your work surface and turn out your dough - it's time to knead! You'll need to do this for around 10 minutes until it's firm but stretchy.

Take a clean bowl, around twice the size of your dough and lightly coat the inside with olive oil, then place your dough inside and make sure this gets nice and coated also. Cover with clingfilm or damp tea towel and put the whole thing somewhere warm for around an hour.

Now it should have inflated to almost twice the size. Give it a little poke and it'll deflate a bit. Turn it out onto a flour work surface and knead again for a few minutes. Now it's ready to be split in half and shaped into pizzas.

You can use whatever kind of tray you have handy, I usually use a rectangle. Make sure the tray doesn't have deep edges though as your pizza may come out soggy.

Lighty flour the tray, and with a rolling pin (or wine bottle if you don't own one) roll out the dough to the rough shape of your tray and your desired thickness.

Use with a suggested topping below or create your own!

Pizza Topping

1 jar of tomato pasta sauce

black olives


sliced tomatoes

Redwoods Cheating Meat (I usually use their Chorizo kind - but just leave off if you prefer)

Red Onion

Grated vegan cheese (Redwood's and Bute Island Foods melting kind work best - pizza is equally tasty without, just add more toppings)

Once put together place your pizza in a middle shelf of a pre heated oven. Cook at 180 degrees for around 12-15 minutes.

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