Making home made pizzas couldn’t get easier with this basic pizza dough recipe – you will never buy pizza bases again!!
olive oil, to grease
450g (3 cups) plain flour
1 tsp (7g/1 satchel) dried yeast
1 tsp salt
310ml (1 1/4 cups) lukewarm water
1 tbs olive oil
plain flour, extra to dust
Brush a bowl (large size) with olive oil to lightly grease.
Combine flour, yeast and salt in a separate bowl. Make a well in the centre and add water and oil. Use a wooden spoon, then your hands, to mix until combined and a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes or until almost smooth. Place the dough in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught free place for 1 hour to prove or until the dough has doubled in size.
Punch down the centre of the dough with your fist. Knead the dough in the bowl for 20-30 seconds or until it is smooth and has return to its original size.
Makes: 4 x 28cm thin crust pizzas or 2 x 28cm thick crust pizzas. Prep 10 mins, + 1 hour proving time.
Can easily make this in advance and wrap and freeze unused dough portions. I get 4 pizza dough portions when I make this recipe (just cut the lump of dough into equal quarters) and wrap each portion with cling wrap and freeze. The night before I wish to use it, I just take one out of the freezer and put in the fridge until use. We have home made pizza night each Friday night and this pizza dough is great and so easy. I always thought it was difficult to make but I was pleasantly surprised – give it a go and you may be pleasantly surprised too! Make them for friends on a Friday night with a few glasses of wine and they will be back next Friday!
When we go camping I take one of my pre-made frozen pizza dough portions and make pizza for one of our dinners as a treat – always great fun to have pizzas when you are camping! Oh I should point out we bought last Christmas a Webber BabyQ which we LOVE! and comes with us on every camping trip!! Pizzas cooked in a Webber are much much better than a traditional oven – they cook them just like a pizza oven! We use our Webber at home for our pizzas (and roasts and more!).
Toppings we do easy toppings when camping, things that will travel well and keep. Ham and pineapple (with a bit of oregano) – which we hadn’t had since we were kids is great fun and so tasty! Also do pepperoni and sundried tomatoes and olives (they carry well in jars), with basil. I always take some home grown herbs with us too – love some fresh herbs on our pizzas!