Quantity: 2 pizza bases
This works out to be under $1 a base. Coincidentally, pizza started off cheaply and fed many an Italian peasant until the capitalism took over.
On the eve of pay-day – when the kitchen no longer overflows with the bounty of food shopping and one’s sloth like attitude remains insatiated by an unhealthy bank balance – I have discovered that one can create or find some of the best recipes that often end up as favourites instead of meals to ‘do’ with. see also : Pepperoni chicken pizza recipe
This recipe is one I got from Super Food Ideas years ago and it now sits in my recipe folder, looking as though it has been tie dyed with oil and flour. This recipe works every time and is especially successful if you use a pizza stone. You can pick one up from a home wares shop (e.g. Robin’s Kitchen) for $10-15 and they’re well worth the expense. Not only do they give you a nice crispy base to start off with, but you serve the pizzas on them which means they stay hot for longer and don’t go soggy.
Just a tip – don’t wash them with detergent – just hot water will do. Otherwise, the detergent gets soaked up by the stone and seeps out during cooking. That’s why I use baking paper in between the pizza base and the stone. The best thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to wait for it to rise, even though it uses yeast to give it a bit of bounce and flavour.
- 2 cups plain flour pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 pkt dry yeast (7 or 8 g)
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix briefly.
Put in wet ingredients and mix to form a ball of dough.
Knead for 8 mins or until the dough springs back when pressed lightly with your finger – it should have a smooth, silken quality about it.
Cut out a piece of baking paper approximately the size of your pizza stones, then put them into the oven.
Preheat the oven at 220-250 C.
Put the pieces of baking paper on a tray and then, on a floured surface, roll out the dough to the size of the paper (NB: make sure you don’t go over, otherwise you’ll end up cleaning charcoaled cheese off the bottom of your oven. Trust me, it’s not pretty.)
Top with desired sauce, cheese etc.
Put in the hot oven. I find the easiest way to do this is to gently slide the pizza with the baking paper underneath onto the pizza stone.
Cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is sizzling and melted. see also : Homemade chicken pizza recipe