600g Strong White Bread Flour
3 Pinches of Salt
1 Sachet of Dried Yeast
5 teaspoons of Olive Oil
Mug of warm freshly boiled water
(one Italian recipe says add warm milk too but I have tried the milk yet)
Large Pinch of Sugar
Green Chill Pepper
or whatever suits your tastebuds
3 cloves of garlic & a small grater
Ground dried garlic
- Mix the flour with the salt, sugar, oil & yeast
- Once all mixed together add to processor, on low speed very very slowly add the warm water
- When all merges together to make a soft dough stop adding the water.
- Knead for a few minutes then allow to rest & rise in a warm place for about an hour. I used my bread machine on dough setting removing the paddles so there was no mixing :)
- Once dough has risen, when its looking all full, lovely & smooth & stretchy reshape it back into a dough ball. Split into 4 smaller balls & return to rest again for another half an hour.
- Remove the dough needed , knead the risen soft lovely dough into another little ball & leave on side to rest whilst you get all your other ingredients out.
- Hold the dough between two hands and ripple stretch the dough, pull and gently stretch it out then knead it back into ball & stretch out again
- Place onto a greased baking tray & press flat with palm & thumb to the size & shape wanted
- To make the tomato base, process or smash with fork a tin of tinned tomatoes, add large dollop of tomatoe puree, sprinkle of sugar & pinch of salt. Mix together
- With a spoon add few spoonfuls of tomato mix onto base, thin enough covering so you can still see the pizza base through the mixture.
- Grate the mozzarella cheese into a bowl then add desired coverage onto the pizza
- Once the grated, or crumbled mozzarrella cheese is on the tomato mix add the other ingredients youve chosen. I made a pepperoni & ham one & a one with red pepper, red onion, green chili & pepperoni as our teen only likes meat feast kinda pizza whereas we fancied the peppers & chilli more spicy taste. If you haven't any meat, use some bacon cook it slightly then cut into strips. Delicious.
- Didnt take many photo's was in bit of hurry as everyone was hungry, this is where you'd top, tail, peel & slice the red onion into very thin slices. De seed the pepper & chill & slice into thin ribbons adding each ingredient carefully onto the pizza
- If using mushrooms, I sauted them first to give them more flavour. but do whatever best suits your tastebuds & time
- Mmmm didnt have much mozzarella cheese, so there wasn't much extra remaining to go on top.
- For our daughters pizza who doesn't like a lot of flavours or ingredients, skin & slice the pepperoni into small thin circles, position onto grated cheese
- Add ham in between the pepperoni then drizzle a little garlic oil over the whole pizza. Add extra cheese if necessary
- To make garlic oil add a small amount of olive oil into a small container, pop tiny grater on top of utensil & grate 3 cloves if garlic into the oil. Add a sprinkling of dried garlic & mix
- Using a tea spoon drizzle the garlic oil onto the pizza it really does bring out the flavours & a adds its own deliciousness
- Place baking tray with Pizza on it into a hot oven for about 10 minutes
- Didnt quite manage to capture photograph of this one before it was removed from the oven & hastily enthusiastically devoured :)
- The one below is our cooked pizza, it was absolutely delicious & as I remember it - very like Santino's pizza base. . . moist juicy & so flavoursome with garlic oils & tomato
- The thinly sliced green chilli added so much flavour as did the fresh red peppers & red onions
- As you can see a pair of scissors are equally as great as a pizza cutter for portioning the pizza!!
- All beautifully complimenting the cheese, garlic & pepperoni
- I can't wait to make this pizza again & try it out on our very own Pizza Connoisseur. I will try my old favourite recipe with only prawns, will make everyone else their favourite pizza which ranges from Meat Feast, Country Pizza to Hot & Spicy so I have lots of lovely ingredients to play around with.Be interesting to see how they all fare & rate against the, IMHO the vile shop bought ones :)
- Do try it, its so simple yet soooo very very tasty & this is from a family most of who don't like pizza usually but now a family who love homemade pizza :)