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Weekend Cookbook: Never Buy Pizza Bases Again!!

We have recently discovered how easy it is to make your own pizza bases. Well, I actually discovered this a while ago but my husband was never really keen on it until he attended a pizza making demonstration as part of a men’s get together at our church.

He came home with a stack of left overs and the desire to make pizza bases from scratch.

I was excited for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I love pizza and would happily eat it every week and secondly he was keen to be our pizza chef.

If you think it is hard, it isn’t! Give this recipe a go and I am sure you will change your mind

Homemade Pizza Base (makes two pizza tray sized bases)
Complete with homemade mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon of dry yeast
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
1 cup (250ml) of lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (375g) of 00 flour or plain flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil

1. Combine the yeast, sugar and water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 mins until bubby.
2. Combine flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and mix with your hands to form a dough.
3. Knead dough for 3-4 minutes on the bench until it is nice and smooth and elastic and divide into two balls.
4. Place under a clean damp cloth and set aside for 30 mins until they have doubled in size.
5. When risen, flatten and roll out into your desired shape (circle, square, star ;-) whatever works for you).
6. Top with your desired toppings and bake in a 220 degree oven for 15-20 mins.

Top Topping Tips:
  • Order of toppings is important start with pizza sauce, then add cheese.
  • Next put things that burn quickly (basil, semi dried tomatoes).
  • Then add meats, then vegetables, then extra cheese and other sauces.
  • For a professional chef style pizza top with dried  oregano. 
  • NEVER add pineapple to your pizza… :) that’s not a real tip. I just think fruit on pizza is weird!)
Do you make your own pizza bases? What is your favourite topping?

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