Friday, 18 September 2015

Fat Friday #41 Homemade Pizza Dough


Nothing is better then a takeaway pizza. However have you noticed that its got more and more expensive to grab a pizza? Its much more economical to make your own. Its surprisingly easy to do, better for you and saves money. Not to mention the fact that you can customise it to whatever you fancy! 

Dough recipe Makes enough for 2 pizzas(adapted from Student Cookbook by Sam Stern)
  • 450g strong white flour, plus a little extra
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 x 7g fast action dried yeast
  • 300ml water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Toppings:
  •    Tomato purée
  •    Edamame cheese, grated
  •    Blue cheese, crumbled
  •    Green, red and orange peppers, chopped 
  •    Button mushrooms, chopped
  •    Jalapeños   (you can use whatever you like however!)


Equipment:
  •        Large bowl x 2
  •        Cling film
  •        Baking sheet lined with a little olive oil
  •        Optional: Desk top whisk with the dough hooks attached
  •        Sieve
  •        Grater
  •        Knife
  •        Chopping board
  •        Rolling pin

 1.    Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the sugar, yeast, water and oil. Work together using your hands. (Add a little extra flour if the dough is sticky.)
2.    Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes or place in a tabletop whisk with the dough hooks attached for 8 minutes.
3.    Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hour in a warm place until doubled in size.
4.    Once proved knead for a further 2 minutes.
5.    Put the oven to 230c/400f/ gas mark 6.
6.    Cut the dough into 4 (freeze 2 of the doughs so you have some for another day) and roll out into a thin base on the lightly oiled baking sheet.
7.    Leave the dough in a warm place to rise for 10 minutes. Cover with cling film.
8.    Spread a little of the tomato puree onto the base of the pizza and spread your desired toppings.
9.    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the base is crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve hot or eat cold.  

Enjoy your pizza and have a good weekend!
Bake On! Penny x
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