Homemade pizza dough
Pizza’s one of those things which people often buy from the shop, or get it delivered, which is normally pretty expensive. For a while now I’ve opted instead to make my own from scratch, and it’s pretty easy. Once you’ve mastered making the dough you’re left with the pleasure of adding your favourite topping.
For this recipe I’ll just show you how you can make some nice pizza dough – you can then have all the fun of choosing what to go on it. Of course, I’ll also give you a few of my favourite topping suggestions, as well as how to make a simple tomato sauce!
Makes 2 12 x 12 inch (square) pizzas
- 400g strong white bread flour
- 240ml warm water
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fast action yeast
Tip the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the center. Mix the warm water, butter, sugar, salt and yeast together in a bowl and leave to stand for a few minutes. Pour the mixture into the well and using a fork slowly stir, bringing in more and more flour until it starts to come together. Dust your hands and knead the dough until its smooth and elastic, which usually takes around 5 – 10 minutes.
Place the dough in a large lightly floured bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave in a warm draft free spot for around an hour and a half.
When you return the dough should have roughly doubled in size. Knead it a little whilst it’s still in the bowl, just to knock the air out of it. Take half the dough and roll it out thinly on a dusted work surface, before transferring to a lightly oiled baking tray. Alternatively, you could roll it out whilst it’s on the baking tray, which makes things a little easier!
Cover with a dry tea towel and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Add you sauce and favourite toppings, before placing in the top shelf of an oven, preheated to 200°C. My pizzas usually take around 20-25 minutes to cook.
For your left over piece of dough, either make another pizza, or cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for up to 2 days. You’ve done the hard work already and it only takes minutes to roll out, add the sauce and add a topping!
For a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe, click here.
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