11 Oct 2012

Allium B kitchen: homemade pizzas

We love pizza over here at Allium B, love, love, love it. So we thought we would share our little secret with you. The recipe is simple, fresh and best of all a lot healthier than all store bought pizzas. It doesn’t take a huge amount of time to prep, and is a great way recipe to do with children of all ages.

We kept our pizza simple with delicious tomato sauce, pesto, mozzarella and a sprinkling of pepperoni, but you can use anything you fancy.
Meat feast?
Four cheeses?

This recipe makes enough for 4 medium pizzas (or 2 large onesJ) it can be stored for up to a week in the fridge, or you could make all the pizzas and freeze some for a later date.

So, you will need-
500g bread flour (plus more for kneading)
1 tbsp salt
1 7g sachet of dried yeast
1 tbsp of golden sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
330ml tepid water
Here we go-

1. Sift your flour and salt into a large mixing bowl, then make a well in the middle
2. In a jug mix your water, sugar, oil and yeast. Stir together and leave for a few minutes
3. Pour into the well, and slowly stir the flour into the liquid
4. Keep going till everything is mixed in, you should be left with a very sticky dough
5. Flour your surface, pick up the dough and knead until you have a springy and fairly smooth dough
6. The dough now needs to sit for about an hour. Place in the mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave it at room temp (alternatively, cover in cling film and leave over night in the fridge)


Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/430°F and place a large baking tray on the middle shelf upside down.
Now rip off a piece of dough about the size of your fist. The dough will still be a bit sticky, so use some more flour, and knead for a futher few minutes until in feels smooth and not sticky.
Now use a rolling pin (or bottle of wine) to smooth out your dough. You can do it in either a round or rectangle shape (dependent on your baking tray)
You want to make the dough as thin as possible, and then transfer to a lightly floured piece of tin foil.

PicMonkey Collage .

Now to make your tomato sauce. Take a tin of tomatoes and drain the majority of the sauce. Add a squirt of tomato puree, a glug of red wine, a clove of garlic and a tbsp of mixed herbs. Mix together with a blender (but if you don’t have one, then not to worry)
Once mixed, spoon over your pizza dough.
This is when your creativeness comes in. Add whatever you desire to your pizza?


We added, mozzarella, pesto and pepperoni.

Place in your pre-heated oven, on top of the baking tray. It should take between 10-12 minutes. It's seems a long time to wait, especially when you're standing, looking in the oven and watching the cheese bubble away. But it's worth the wait. Serve with salad, wine and friends of course (they will be thanking you)


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