Is there anything better than the smell of pizza wafting through the home?
If more people knew how surprisingly easy it is to make your own pizza dough, I’m sure more people would do so. You can’t beat home-made. Honestly, once you’ve tasted a home-made pizza, you’ll never want to buy a store bought base ever again.
My kids love making the dough with me. Kids can help measure the ingredients, stir, knead, roll dough, and then top pizzas – all with a little help from mum, or dad. In this post, I’ll try to step you through how to make your pizza, so anyone can do it.
What makes this a busy, working mum’s favourite? My recipe makes two pizzas, so leftovers for the following night! It also freezes well.
First, you’ll need to buy a few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsps. olive oil
- 11/4 cups of lukewarm water
- 1 sachet of dried yeast
- 11/2 tsps. sugar
- tomato paste
- mozzarella cheese
How to make it (i.e. Method):
- First up, put your flour and salt is a big bowl and mix.
- Next, fill a jug with the water. It needs to be a bit warm for the yeast to activate. Add your yeast, sugar and olive oil and gently stir.
- Make a well in flour and pour in water mixture. Gently mix.
- Turn onto a floured surface and knead a bit. If it’s too dry, add a little bit more water. Not too much water, or it won’t rise properly. You want it to be just perfectly combined.
- Wrap your fingers in some glad wrap, pour a little oil into another big, clean bowl, rub oil over inside of bowl. Now’s a good time to quickly oil your pizza trays too. Place dough into this bowl, cover with cling wrap, and put somewhere warm in the house. My upstairs is always warmer than downstairs, so I put it on a table upstairs. It’s going to take a few hours to rise. You’ll know it’s rising nicely when it looks like this:
It spreads to fill the bowl, then continues rising higher and higher.
6. When it’s risen, tip it onto a floured surface in the kitchen. Like this:
7. Now the fun part! Flour your rolling pin and coat the dough with some more flour too. Knead it a bit with your hands. This means mix it a bit. Roll it. Mush it together. Some traditionalists knead their dough for ages. My family like to lightly roll the dough, as we like it light and fluffy out of the oven. It’s a personal preference.
8. Next, cut your dough in half and roll each into a pizza base size, like this:
9. Put the two rolled pizzas on your pizza trays.
10. Open your tubs of tomato paste. Spread one on each base. I use the back of a tablespoon to spread it. It will then look like this:
11. Next, sprinkle your mozzarella cheese on top and then your toppings. My kids like pineapple pieces and fresh ham. I like antipasto: artichokes, olives, capsicums. Here’s another ready to bake one:
12. Bake on 180 celcius for around 20 minutes. Ah, the smell. Oh my goodness!