Pizza is one of the best comfort foods in the world; I worked at a very well respected pizza place for 3 years and this is the recipe we used-only scaled down.
325g White flour.
50 ml Olive or vegetable oil.
200 ml Lukewarm filtered water.
2 Tsp Dry yeast/ 1 oz fresh yeast.
2 Tsp Sugar.
2 Tsp Salt.
1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and leave to ferment in a warm draught-free area, covered by a tea towel.
2. Meanwhile, sift flour and salt together.
3. When the yeast mixture becomes frothy with large bubbles; add the flour, salt and oil.
4. Combine until the mixture comes of the bowl into a soft dough-if too dry or too wet add more water or flour respectively.
5. Turn onto a well floured surface and knead the dough until it is soft and stretchy. When you push the dough and it springs back quickly it is ready.
6. Put dough into a well oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel-before leaving in a warm draught free place.
7. Leave for 30-45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
8. Knock the dough back down and cut into 2 large balls or 3 small balls.
9. Roll the balls on a floured surface into circles to fit the oiled pizza trays.
10. Add napoli; cheese and whatever toppings you feel like.
11. Cook in a very hot oven-260-270 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and cooked.
The mechanism of both salt and sugar is important to the final outcome of the pizza. Sugar feeds the yeast and is the catalyst to the yeasts growth and the rising of the crust. On the other hand, salt retards the yeast and the sugar, slowing down the formation of carbon dioxide bubbles that raise the bread. That’s why the salt and sugar in this recipe are in equal amounts. For higher quality dough always use warm filtered water and is possible fresh yeast.
A few different delicious recipes to try:
Bacon and banana-think of the concept of a hawaiian pizza.
Spinach, tandoori chicken; red pepper and yogurt.
Caramelized onion, pear and lamb.
Prawns/shrimp and chilli flakes.
Spinach, roast tomatoes, onion, ham and mayonnaise.
Spinach, olives, fetta, red peppers; chorizo and ham.
Spinach, pumpkin, pine nuts, dry herbs and fetta.
Chicken; onions, mushroom, pesto and asparagus.
Don’t be afraid to create your own recipes with whatever you like on them-pizza is one of the most versatile foods in the world. Hope you enjoy these recipes, have fun!