Okay my pizza shaping leaves a lot to be desired. I cannot seem to make it round. I can do misshappen oblong no problem though.
For the Dough:
This makes one pizza or two thin and crispy pizzas. I made this is my Panasonic Bread Maker.
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- 300g of strong white flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 170ml water
However if you don’t have a bread maker….
Preheat oven to around 220oC.
Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl, keeping the yeast away from the salt. Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil and water. Mix by hand until it forms a dough. Dust a counter surface with flour and turn out the dough. Kneed for around 10 minutes until you have a nice ball of elastic dough. Put into an oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and prove somewhere warm for around 30 minutes until doubled in size.
While the dough is proving make the pizza sauce.
Knock back the dough and kneed again to form 1 (or 2) 10″ circles. Cover with oiled clingfilm and prove again until doubled in size (around 20 minutes).
Cover with pizza sauce, grated mozzarella, Parmesan and any other toppings you fancy. Bake in the oven on a tray (if you aren’t using a pizza stone) for 12-15 minutes until golden.
For the Pizza Sauce:
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes.
- 1 tsp of sugar.
Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and celery and cook for around 7-8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato puree, stir well and cook for a minute or so. Add the dried herbs. Add the tomatoes and the sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened. Use a hand blender to produce a smooth sauce.