Pizza makes a semi regular appearance in our household, however it doesn’t come delivered in boxes or wrapped in plastic from the supermarket. The only pizza we regularly consume is our very own homemade variety. The need for a good pizza dough recipe arose not out of a wish to be healthy but because ever since visiting Italy many years ago I’ve loved super thin pizzas covered with fresh and appetising toppings. I really don’t enjoy greasy pizzas and I certainly doubt they offer much in nutritional value for my kids. With that in mind my husband and I tinkered about and came up with this easy homemade pizza dough recipe. It makes 4 thin pizzas, but if you prefer a deeper crust you could just make 2.
500g Strong white flour (bread flour works well, or a combo of plain and bread flour)
14g Dried yeast (normally this is 2 small packets worth)
2Tsp Olive oil
300ml Warm water
Pop all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and gradually mix in the water (I use a stand mixer with dough hook attachment to do this).
Once mixed knead the dough for about 4 mins if using a stand mixer or 10 minutes by hand (on a floured surface).
Cover mixing bowl with cling film and pop dough in a warm place to rise (I use the airing cupboard) for about 45mins – 1hour until doubled in size (see pics).
Divide dough into 4 pieces and stretch or roll to fit your baking trays. Cover with tomatoes (or passata) and whatever toppings you fancy. I really enjoy the simplicity of cheese and tomato with just a sprinkle of basil.
Bake in a preheated oven about 175C for approximately 8 mins until golden.
Note. Obviously if you choose to make 2 deeper crusted pizzas these will take longer to cook.