Thin crust, deep pan, stuffed crust, crispy Italian? Those words are like romantic poetry to my ears. Having an Italian background, you would expect me to be a bit of a pizza snob but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I can appreciate a gourmet pie, oozing with mozzarella, from Napoli or a Tesco Value 67p Cheese and Tomato job. However you enjoy yours, we can all agree that pizza is delicious and versatile. The only way to make it taste better is by creating it yourself. If you want to know how it feels to be proud of yourself for once, give my easy pizza recipe a go! I’ve featured many of my pizzas on @mariannemiliemeals.
Dough (makes enough for 3 large pizzas)
- 600g strong bread flour
- 1 heaped tsp yeast
- 1.5 level spoons of salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 310ml water
Sauce (blend all these ingredients together)
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- chilli flakes
- black pepper
You can put pretty much anything on a pizza. I’m a vegetarian so you can often find mine covered in vegetables and mozzarella. My favourites are olives, sweetcorn, red onion, leek, peppers, mushrooms, capers, veggie sausage and red onion marmalade. You’ll need 1 mozzarella ball per pizza.
You just need to whack all these ingredients in your bread maker on the “dough” setting. Once you are ready to take it out of the machine, sprinkle your counter top generously with some more flour. This will stop you struggling to lift your pizza off the side. It’s so important – do not forget!
- Split the dough into balls – one for each pizza you want to make. I usually do three large thin ones.
- Roll out the dough ball with a rolling pin, keep flipping the base over every time and continue to roll until you get the shape you want.
- Line your baking trays with greaseproof paper
- Carefully lift the base onto a baking tray. Remember it will stretch a bit as you do this so make sure the dough isn’t hanging over the sides.
- Spread your tomato sauce all over the base, make sure you take it to the edges. A little goes a long way.
- Add your toppings and drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top.
- Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins.
- Take out the delicious pizza pie, add fresh basil if you’re feeling fabulous and slice it up – I use scissors. Enjoy with a bit of chilli oil or Tabasco.
I’ve included a few pictures of some of the recent pizzas I’ve made for some inspo.
Let me know if you give my easy peasy pizza recipe a go. I love looking at pictures of other people’s food.