Homemade pizza made easy
Am in my 30’s and have not yet come across any one that doesn’t like, or better said love pizza. Homemade pizza, a few years ago, if someone had told me that making pizza was very, and I mean very, very easy, I would have said , don’t mess with me.
Reason being, from my personal observation, I feel like if you watch a professional pizza maker, make pizza, they can make you feel very intimidated with the way they toss and turn and roll the pizza dough in the air. Hopefully am not the only one out there.
As a mother, my oldest daughter really loves pizza and I often preach to her about how important it is to eat homemade stuff. Every few weeks, she loves pizza like most children and I use to feel really guilty, ordering pizza to be delivered to us.
So one day, she goes mommy, is it very difficult to make pizza? and I remember telling her, you know what, actually nothing is difficult if you give it a try. I promised her we were going to make one together one day and she got really excited.
With some research and a few try and error, I got the perfect, easiest pizza dough recipe under my sleeves and I want to share it with you. Lets dig in;
500 g (3 ½) Bread flour plus Extra for dusting
7 g yeast
1 teaspoon salt
325 ml warm water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
If you have a food processor like I do, use that. If not, just use a big bowl with a wooden spoon and you will get the same results.
Pour flour and salt into food processor/ big bowl. In a cup, mix yeast with warm water very well and while pulsing the food processor (stirring the flour with the wooden spoon), gradually add to the flour and mix until a dough is formed. Don’t be alarmed , the dough will feel sticky.
Put some of the extra bread flour on a clean, dry working surface and transfer the dough on there. Make sure your hands are clean and dust them as well. Now knead the piazza dough for about 10 minutes. Oil a big bowl with olive oil and place the pizza dough in it, then cover with a clean, wet kitchen towel and store in a warm place for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, the dough should double in size. Punch the dough a few times to get the air out of the dough and your pizza dough is all ready to be used.
For topping, you can put whatever you like on your but less is always better and a healthy pizza,must have healthy topping. So for that, I used;
- Pizza sauce (tomato sauce)
- Blanch asparagus (also cut into bite sizes)
- Left over chicken
- fresh mozzarella
- Sweet can corn
- Pizza mix cheese
Pre heat oven to 220 °c/ 428°f
Line a normal baking sheet with parchment paper
Cut pizza dough into 4, take 1 and roll it out flat on your working surface. If you like a thick pizza crust, then don’t roll the dough too thin. Ones you have the desired thickness, press around the perimeter with your fingers to create small pockets . This will prevent the sauce from running out. Start putting your toppings on the pizza, beginning with the sauce, then the other stuff. Bake the pizza between 10–15 minutes, depending on how brown you want your pizza crust to be and there you have it, your own homemade pizza from scratch with healthy topping and you can enjoy it without feeling guilty.
I hope you find this recipe helpful and easy. Thank you for reading and share with me in the comment section below your thoughts, advice and if you do try it, I would love to know as well.
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