When pizza is right it’s the best thing ever, when it’s wrong it’s a pretty depressing meal. So many people ask me how to make pizza dough and luckily I can tell them it’s so easy and worthwhile.
Make your own thin crust pizza bubbling with mozzarella, fragrant with herbs and flavourful with a few thinly sliced vegetables, sea salt and black pepper. Just heaven.
This recipe is for a single pizza, just scale it up for however many you’re cooking for.
Mix the flour, water and olive oil with your hands, then add the yeast and salt and combine it into the dough.
Knead it for a few minutes until it gets smooth and silky. Now, you *can* use it there and then but you’ll get a better result if you leave it to rise for several hours. If you have time to do that just leave it in a covered bowl for 6-7 hours then knock the dough back, knead again and leave it to rise again for another 2-3 hours before using it.
When the dough is ready to use flour the work surface and flatten the dough with the heel of your hand then roll it out very thinly with a floured rolling pin into a circle. Dust a heavy baking sheet with semolina, flour or polenta and transfer the pizza base on to it.
Now add your toppings, a thin layer of passata, some grated buffalo mozzarella (I use the grating attachment in my food mixer), maybe some red onion, leek. mushrooms, peppers – anything you like, all thinly sliced. But slight warning not to use too much or use anything too watery or your pizza kind of becomes a watery slobbery mess!
Sprinkle on some dried mixed herbs sea salt and black pepper the bake in the hottest oven on your pre-heated heavy tray for about ten minutes.
Nutrients depend on what topping you choose but the mozzarella and tomatoes will give you calcium, vitamin B12, vitamins A and C, B2, B12, B6. Tomatoes pack in lots of vitamins C and A and you can add other veg such as spinach to increase vitamin K, onions for quercitin and a whole range of different veg or meat toppings.
I love pizza, meaning:
Even when I’m in the middle of eating pizza, I wish I were eating pizza.