Pizza is a great family option for a lazy Saturday night in, which lets face it, is every Saturday night for me! It’s easy to make and is always eaten with gusto. I like to get my three year old involved, as I find the more that kids get involved in making food and getting messy, the more they want to eat it!
Basic pizza dough
- 1/2 ounce fresh yeast or 7g dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 cups/300g bread flour (strong baking flour) plus extra
- 1/3 tspn salt
- 1 tblsp olive oil
Mix the yeast (I use dry yeast) with 1/2 cup of the warm water in a small bowl and leave for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, add the bread flour, salt and olive oil. Once the yeast mixture has activated (it gets a bit foamy), add it to the flour and mix together with the other 1/2 cup of warm water. Add more flour until the dough is no longer sticky and forms a nice silky dough. I kneed the dough in the bowl for a few minutes rather than the on the kitchen bench. Leave in a warm place in the kitchen for at least an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured bench to the desired thickness. Our family likes it nice and thin.
Our little miss has less discerning tastes than my husband and I, so she always requests ham and cheese for her pizza. I use a tomato passata (cooking sauce) for the pizza base and let her sprinkle the toppings, though she usually samples a bit first 😜
My husband and I really like salty toppings, so prosciutto, goats cheese, olives, anchovies and red onion is perfect for us. What you put on your pizza is totally up to you. I also like the combination of artichokes, basil and pepperoni.
Bake in a preheated 180C/350F oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy with a glass of red wine or ice cold beer!