I love junk food. I’m only human and whilst I obviously don’t condone solely eating junk food, nor even eating it that regularly; I (like others I’m sure) certainly enjoy indulging every now and then. That being said – nowadays with all the crap that can be put into the pre-made, pre-packaged mass produced stuff; I’d much rather make it all myself! After all, if you’re going to be a bit naughty, you may as well try and make it a (slightly) healthier option.
So the boyfriend and I were in the mood for a pizza the other night and decided to forgo ordering one in. Now, I haven’t always had the best experience with ordering in pizza; there isn’t a lot of choice in terms of toppings, it takes a while to arrive and when it does arrive, quite often it is either cold or greasy…not quite what I wanted in the first place. Plus, after discovering this recipe, I now almost always forgo ordering a pizza in. Following this recipe – they’re finished within 30-45 mins, you can put whatever topping combination you want on it and you know exactly what has gone into the recipe (thus making it as healthy as you’d like!)
- Preheat oven to 240°C
- Sift 300g strong bread flour into a large bowl
- Stir in 1 tsp dried instant yeast and 1 tsp salt
- Make a well in the middle, pour in 200ml warm water (make sure it’s not too hot or else it’ll kill the yeast) and 1tbsp olive oil. Bring together with a wooden spoon.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside whilst you prepare the tomato sauce and toppings
- Mix 100ml passata with a handful of chopped basil leaves and 1 crushed garlic clove. Season to taste
Rolling out the dough:
- Split the ball of dough into two and roll each one out individually using a rolling pin. You can roll the dough out to as thin as you like. Place each base on a sheet of baking paper.
Toppings & Bake:
- Smooth the tomato sauce onto the base with the back of a spoon. Scatter with a handful of grated mozzarella. Now you can put whatever toppings you like – on this particular occasion I used shredded chicken slices (pre-marinated with a little bit of olive oil, paprika and cayenne pepper), chopped red chillies and sweetcorn. Once scattered with toppings, I scattered another handful of grated mozzarella and drizzled some olive oil on top.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp
I love this recipe and love that it satisfies a craving whilst being not too naughty. Serve with some leaves and it makes a perfectly delicious & healthy meal!
Try out this recipe for yourself – what are your favourite pizza toppings?