Pizza is Jude’s fave, mine too, every Friday night is pizza night in our home. We know there are a thousand pizza recipes and pizza dough recipes out there but if we’ve learnt anything about pizza over the last few years it would be do what works for you. And that is definitely not spending time weighing flour. Pizza in our house means only one measurement – 300ml water
- 300ml water
- 1 7g pack dried yeast
- flour, about 250g – half a small bag
- pinch of salt and sugar
Like I said the only measuring is measuring out 300ml of warmish water. Add the sachet of yeast to the water, stir and leave a while, about 5 minutes. Gradually add, and get the kids to mix the water to the flour until it forms a doughy texture, you will not need all of the water!!). Flour a surface and knead for 5 minutes, punch, stretch, throw, whatever they want to do for 5 minutes. Leave to prove in an oiled bowl covered in cling film for half an hour. If it doubles in size, GREAT! If not who cares it will still taste great!
Once it has increased in size flour a surface and roll, stretch, pull and shape into what ever size they want for a fun pizza. Try for less than 1cm thick so that the dough has a chance to cook. I like to now transfer the dough to a sheet of foil so that it is easier to move about.
- Anything else at all (Jude’s favourite is green olive and pepperoni, usually in some kind of pirate or dinosaur theme)
Spread a spoonful of passata onto the base, spread cheese on the base, add other toppings (Less is more?)
At the last house we built a clay brick pizza oven which could cook a 10 inch pizza in 50 seconds, it was awesome, we are no longer that fortunate so now we preheat an oven to 190 degrees with a baking tray already in there. Carefully add the the pizza to the baking tray and bake – Usually around 15 minutes but just keep an eye. Once the cheese is bubbling and any toppings look cooked get it out and enjoy.