Nothing can beat a really good pizza, the combination of a good base, sauce and fresh toppings is irresistible. what’s more, making at home couldn’t be easier!

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Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date29 March 2019
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 17 Minutes 30 Seconds
Cooking time 25 Minutes
Total time 42 Minutes 30 Seconds

Pizza, arguably Italy’s most famous export. They can be found everywhere from your local fish-and-chip shop to the best Italian restaurants. However, making them at home can be really fun and delicious! Whatsmore you can customise the toppings however you like!

Traditional pizza ovens are wood burning and are usually quite big. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a pizza oven at home pizzas are easily made in a domestic oven.

You can also use a pizza stone in a domestic oven. Instead of a pizza tray, you put the pizza directly onto the stone. The stone is slightly porous which helps absorb moisture in the dough making the pizza crispier. It may be made of ceramic, stone or even salt!

Probably the most famous pizza is the Margarita. It is simply topped with cheese, tomato sauce and a garnish or bail. The colours of the toppings are supposed to resemble the Italian flag. It was created to celebrate the unification of Italy and it was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy.

Pizza dough is really quick and easy, it can be made in about 10 minutes at home or you can buy it pre-made from larger supermarkets. It usually contains only a few ingredientsflour, yeast, water and a bit of olive oil. However it if you are buying it from a supermarket it may contain preservatives.

Ingredient list

Water 250ml
Salt 10g
Passata 200g
Basil 0to taste

Step nr: 1 - Mix instant yeast and flour

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

Plain Flour 500gram
Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Add instant yeast and flour to a large bowl and stir well.

Step nr: 2 - Add salt and oil

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

Salt 10gram
Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Add salt and oil and stir together.

Step nr: 3 - Add water

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

Water 250milliliter
Preparation time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

Gradually add the water, mixing well to form a soft dough. On a floured work surface knead the dough until smooth and elastic.

Step nr: 4 - Dough can be used

As we have used instant yeast the dough can be used immediately and does not need to rise.

Step nr: 5 - Pre-heat the oven

TimeNo times for this step
Temperature200 Degrees Celsius

Preheat oven to 200˚C

Step nr: 6 - Roll out the dough

Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

On a floured surface, cut the dough in portions and then roll out the dough into large thin circles. If the dough rips simply press it back together with your fingers. Lift the dough onto a pizza tray with baking parchment and turn up the corners slightly to make a crust.

Step nr: 7 - Add the passata and cook

Ingredient list for step nr: 7

Salt 0gram
Passata 200gram
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes
Temperature200 Degrees Celsius

Add the passata with a spoon and distribute it over the dough evenly, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven.

Step nr: 8 - Add mozzarella and basil

Ingredient list for step nr: 8

Mozzarella 200gram
Basil 0to taste
Preparation time 30 Seconds
Total time 30 Seconds

Sprinkle with the mozzarella and basil leaves.

Step nr: 9 - Cook pizza

Cooking time 15 Minutes
Total time 15 Minutes
Temperature200 Degrees Celsius

Bake for 15 minutes in the oven.

The cheese will melt and the crusts should turn a golden brown.