Perfect pizza @ home

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My very first memory of eating pizza was at my grandparents home. My uncle and aunts would treat us to Pizza Hut, which they would go and pick up. I will always remember my uncle bringing in the brown pizza boxes with the famous hut logo with the salad container that he was so good at filling up to the brim! He always has said there is a technique to his salad bowl filling! I must learn this from him soon!

I absolutely adored the margherita and the mozarella cheese! Omg! The cheese! I would leave some of the cheese to savour at the end and I still do lol!

I would say pizza is my ultimate comfort food from deep pan to thin and crispy to the Italian base. I just love pizza as does my whole family. So what better than to make delicious pizza at home from scratch. That includes the base! But you maybe thinking what a long process! but I assure you it is much simpler than you think, as I found out.

Nothing beats homemade pizza so come on… pour yourself a glass of wine, put some music on and start rolling out that dough!

INGREDIENTS

For the dough
500g strong white bread flour
7g yeast
2 level tsp salt
30ml warm milk
25ml olive oil
325-350ml warm water
400g tomato passata
Dried oregano

Pizza toppings of your choice

METHOD

Mix the flour, yeast, oil and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the warm milk and water and bring together to form into a dough

Knead for 5 minutes with a little olive oil, cover with a plate and set aside in a warm place. I put mine in my airing cupboard. You could preheat the oven at 160°c for 10 minutes and then turn it off and place the dough in there. Prove the dough for 1 hour

Knock back the dough and knead again using a little plain flour, form into a smooth ball and prove again for a further 30 minutes

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Preheat oven to 220°c. Divide the dough into 6 equal balls. Roll out onto a clean floured surface

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Oil out a pizza tray ideally with holes in it using a pastry brush. Place the uncooked base in the oven to bake for 5-10 minutes. The base may rise and once cooked remove from the oven

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Spread 2 to 3 tbsp passata and sprinkle a little oregano onto the cooked pizza base and then add toppings of your choice. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes until your toppings are cooked, tender and the cheese has melted.

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We had Buffalo mozzarella, green chillies, baby plum tomatoes and onion

Also check out my homemade pizza top tips!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

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