It is rare to find someone who doesn’t like pizza isn’t it?
Friday nights in our household are sacred pizza nights. It’s pretty much a religion and on the odd occasions it is just not possible – there is every chance a riot can ensue.
We do have an enduring love affair with Italy and we constantly strive to make pizza in the Italian way. I say the royal ‘we’ but my role in the pizza making is solely to prepare the dough. It is a very important job though!
It is actually my husband who is the expert chef and he produces simply delicious pizza from scratch. Right now, Friday night is imminent and perhaps you too have a tradition like mine. Maybe you don’t but you would like to.
So, I am sharing the love – our family pizza dough recipe is coming right up so that you can experience the Friday night pizza religion too.
Pizza Dough (makes 6 large)
2.5 cups OO pizza flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons yeast
Pasta or other tomato based sauce
In the following order place the water, flour, salt, oil and yeast into the basin of a bread maker or Thermomix and put on Dough Setting. This process takes around 90 minutes depending on the equipment you are using. You could mix the dough by hand and leave to rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen (whether it is in a bread maker or otherwise) divide into six equal portions. Using a heavy rolling pin (we use a marble one) to roll and shape into a base the size of a large dinner plate. Spread each with four tablespoons of pasta sauce.
Our favourite toppings include:
- Tuna, onion + grated cheese
- Olive oil, fresh rosemary and salt (the delicious image above)
- Thinly sliced cold roast beef or lamb + mango chutney
- Prosciutto + artichokes + sliced mushrooms
- Ham, pineapple + grated cheese (apologies to all the Italians as this is NOT the Italian way but it is the kids way)
- Salami + capers + grated cheese
Don’t forget – the golden rule is simplicity and keeping the toppings to a minimum.