So today I woke up craving and obsessing over pizza LOL. I didn’t just want any odd pizza I wanted a freshly made homemade pizza. About two years ago, I went to Italy on holiday with my friends. It was an amazing experience. Obviously I had eaten pizza many times before that but this time it was just different. It was the real deal; tasty, fresh, healthy and so organic. It was delicious!!!!! I felt like I had been cheated on in all my years of eating pizza. I knew pizza in the UK would never taste the same for me so after that so I decided it was time to start making my own. It’s very easy and believe me you’ll probably feel the same as I do afterwards. There’s nothing better than a fresh homemade pizza and the best part is, you can add any topping of your choice. Here’s the recipe!
500g Strong Bread Flour (you can also use whole grain as well)
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Sachet 7g dry Yeast
350ml Warm Water
2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
Semolina (to dust the pan)
50g Mozzarella for each pizza
Firstly add the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, then in a measuring jug add the warm water and then the yeast. Mix it with a spoon and gently add into the flour. Mix it nicely then add some flour to the clean surface you are using. Knead the dough for about 5 to 10 minutes, add some flour to your hands to clean off the flour because it does get sticky. Once this is done, shape the dough into sort of a flat oval shape and cut into four pieces. Pour a bit of semolina onto a tray or wooden chopping board, shape the 4 doughs into round balls and space them out on the tray or chopping board. Cover with a damp cloth or towel and keep in a very warm place. You want to let it prove (rise) for at least 2 hours.
After that, the dough will have risen. Take one dough at a time; again add some flour to the surface, knead it a little then roll it out using a rolling pin (I used a different technique with my my hands but just use a rolling pin if it’s your first time). The dough needs to be very thin. Pre-heat the oven to 220C, sprinkle some semolina over the pizza pan add the flat round dough onto it. Now add the tomato passata, add some grated garlic to the it and mix with a spoon (you don’t need much so just about 1 Tbs or 1 1/2 Tbs). Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it, add the mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and drizzle a little bit more olive oil over it. Then place in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until crisp. Repeat the same steps for the other pizzas and add any topping of your choice (pineapple, sweetcorn, chicken, olives, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms e.t.c) Bon Appétit!!!! 😉