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Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 +1 Hour Proving
 Cook.Time: 15-20 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Makes 2 X 18cm/9” Pizzas

Tools                

 Large Mixing Bowl
 Medium Mixing Bowl
 Rolling Pin 
 2 Baking Sheets
   or Silicon Sheets
 Clingfilm
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board

Ingredients       

 For the pizza dough
 1 Sachet Dried Yeast
 175g/7oz Plain Flour
 2 Tbsp Oil
 ½tsp Salt
 100ml/4floz Warm Water
 For the Topping
 200g/8oz Cheddar Cheese
 4 Fresh Tomatoes
 1 Large Onion
 2 Cloves Garlic
 4 Tbsps Tomato Puree
 4 Mushrooms
 150g/6oz
   Pepperoni (optional)
 1 Green Chilli (optional)
 ½tsp Oregano
 ½tsp Basil
 Coarse Semolina
 Black Pepper


Method                                                                       

Place the flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl and mix together.
Add the oil and stir in.
Add the warm water a little at a time until you have a soft dough.
Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
Place in a bowl and cover with oiled clingfilm.
Leave the dough in a warm place for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas Mark 8.
Skin and de-seed 2 tomatoes.
Finely chop the flesh and place in a bowl with the tomato puree and herbs.
Peel and crush the garlic and add to the tomatoes with some black pepper.
Mix together well.
Sprinkle a layer of coarse semolina onto the baking sheets (this will make the base lovely and crispy).
Divide the pizza in two and roll out into square or round shapes approximately 18cm / 9”.
Place the rolled out dough over the semolina.
Finely slice the onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and chilli if using.
Arrange the toppings on the pizzas, saving the cheese until last.
Finish with a little more black pepper.
Place one pizza on the top shelf of the oven and one on the lowest shelf.
Cook for 5-6 minutes then swap them over.
Keep checking and if needed, swap again.

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You can use as many toppings as you like as the crust is so thin and light.



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