I had a huge craving for pizza yesterday and I’ve been cheating lately when I’ve been making it. There is an Indian take-away at the end of the street that makes fresh naan bread. I've been using that naan as it makes a great thin pizza base but yesterday I thought I would finally give making my own dough from scratch a try. I’ve been putting it off as I thought it would take too long and be too difficult but I found a recipe on taste.com.au that only used 5 basic ingredients for the dough.
Here is the dough recipe, it makes roughly 2 large pizzas, more if you like a thinner crust:
• 450g (3 cups) plain flour
• 2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 310mls (1 1/4 cups) lukewarm water
• 1 tbs olive oil
• Olive oil, for greasing
• Plain flour, for dusting
1. Measure all your ingredients.
2. Place the plain flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl and mix well
3. Make a well in the centre and add all the lukewarm water and olive oil to the dry ingredients.
4. Use a wooden spoon to stir until combined and then use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. It should be soft and slightly sticky.
5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes, or until the dough is almost smooth.
6. Brush a large bowl with olive oil to grease. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it over to lightly coat the surface with the olive oil. This will prevent the surface of the dough from drying out as it proves. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean, damp tea towel in a warm place. Leave dough until it doubles in size - about 1 hour.
7. Brush two 27.5cm (base measurement) round pizza trays with the olive oil to lightly grease. Sprinkle with a little flour. (I don't have pizza trays so I just free-rolled into the most pizza-like shape I could manage)
8. Preheat oven to 230°C. Place an oven shelf in the lowest position and another shelf 2 positions higher. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Roll one portion of dough out on a lightly floured surface until almost large enough to line the prepared pizza tray.
9. Lift onto the tray and use your hands to gently ease the dough out to the edge, allowing it to come a little up the side to form a thicker edge when baked. Prick the dough with a fork, avoiding the edge. Repeat with the other portion.
10. Spread your sauce on the dough and add the toppings of your choice.
11. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Swap trays around in oven and bake for a further 5-10 minutes. The pizzas are ready when they shrink from the sides of the trays and slide off easily.
This recipe is from taste.com.au, I have broken it down and changed the order around as it was quite confusing to follow. The recipe from taste does has some helpful tips, detailed explanations and great toppings ideas and can be found HERE.
I wanted to try to make a dessert pizza with nutella and banana but I had to make the base quite thick as I don't own a rolling pin yet. So stay tuned for the dessert pizza experiments.