For about 3 years now my husband and one of our friends have been banging on about getting a pizza oven in our back garden. For about 3 years I have been telling them if they make it themselves they can! Obviously as they are far too lazy to actually do this so it has never transpired so for his Christmas I bought my husband a pizza maker to go on top of his beloved bbq. Before giving it to him I secretly arranged for our friends to come over for a post Christmas pizza party and took to the internet to find a good recipe. Having looked around various websites I found a lot of them to be such a faff, but finally I found a couple which seemed more straight forward and from them made my own version.
The pizza recipe below is quick and easy to make, all be it pretty messy! I have made them now a couple of times and even my 7 year old nephew has made them with good results! It is a nice quick weeknight dinner that will impress.
Add a cup of plain flour, half a cup of water, a teaspoon of baking powder, a pour of olive oil and a pinch of salt to a blender. Pulse until the dough starts to form into a ball. You want the mixture to be a bit sticky but not wet. I feel the test is if it forms a nice round ball in the mixer it is fine! If it is too dry add some extra oil, if it is too wet add some more flour. The mixture is actually not too fussy. No matter the size of cup you use or exact measures of the ingredients it turns out fine. We are not making a gourmet pizza here, just a quick and easy but still tasty, dough.
Next roll out the dough on a well floured worktop. I roll out the dough so it is very thin as I like it crunchy, but if you prefer a thicker base roll it a bit thicker. Each portion of the above mixture will make one pizza. In our house each pizza feeds one, but if you eat a bit less then it would probably do two!
Mix a tin of chopped tomatoes, a small pour of balsamic vinegar, 2 cloves of garlic and a handful of fresh basil leaves in the blender. Once it is mixed give it a taste, if it needs something extra add a small pinch of sugar or dried chillis or perhaps a little more balsamic vinegar. Finally it will need some salt and pepper to taste. (This mix will do about 6 pizzas so just freeze what you don’t use!)
Make the Pizza
Pour a couple of spoons of the sauce on to the top of the pizza dough and then spread it to the edges of the base. On top of this add Voilife Pizza Cheese Mozzarella and then your favourite toppings. I always go for olives, mushrooms and chillis. To finish off I scatter over some dried oregano and black pepper. Adding this makes it go from being ok pizza to a bit more of a gourmet taste!
Heat the oven to 200 degrees. I always use a pizza stone which will without a doubt make your pizza taste better. It makes it bubble and crisp all at the same time. However if you don’t have one just put it on a tray with vents or a wire rack. (Trying to just put the pizza straight on to the shelf in the oven will be hard with sticky dough!) Each pizza will take 10 minutes to cook in the oven. Once cooked I then put it under the grill for 5-10 minutes to really melt the cheese and crisp up the crust even more.
Then enjoy! If you make them let me know what you thought, I love to get feedback on my recipes!