A homemade taste of Italy

People are all so different from the way they dress to the way they carry themselves in public. Some feel as if it is okay to wear every piece of jewelry they own (I too, have done this once in my life, I was however 10 at the time), no judgment to them! Then you get whose body temperature gauge never seems to work and feel that it is appropriate to wear the shortest shorts and a piece of material across their chest in negative degree weather.

This is absolutely awesome!

You have got to love people individualities and quirks. That just makes us a little less like someone else and a lot more ourselves. This all being said those that order a margarita pizza must be banned from all pizzerias in life. You might as well eat a dry roll with cheese on it (which isn’t that bad actually, shhh I never said that!).

Jokes aside, this is one of those things that I am positive have created family feuds across the world when it comes to dinnertime. We all have such different tastes. This may result in the bravest family member offering to order, picking up the phone and dialing the number to heavenly cheesiness only to have the poor sucker on the other side hearing screaming and shouting, mixed with “A few extra mushrooms!” or “Hold the avo! “ in the background.

If this sounds too familiar there is a solution! Make your own pizzas and if your family isn’t keen on the idea, they will for sure be sorry because there is no pizza better than homemade pizza. None! This also means one very important thing. You have full control over the mouthwatering toppings you can put on your pizza! If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself…

Ingredients:

The base:

  • 15ml Dry Yeast
  • 2ml Brown Sugar (You can use any type I prefer brown.)
  • 125ml Warm Water
  • 200g Cake Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 15ml Sunflower / Olive Oil
  • 25g Tomato Paste
  • 125g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic chopped
  • 150g Cheese (You can choose any cheese, a mixture of Gouda and Mozzarella is awesome!)

After this, it’s all you!

Toppings: This is what we decided to use, but it is just a suggestion J

  • Prego Sauce
  • Chicken (Cook before you put in the oven)
  • Bacon (Cook before you put it in the oven)
  • Avocado (This I like to put on after I take it out the oven)

Tools:

  • 1 Medium Bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Sieve
  • Baking paper
  • 1 Long Flat Baking Tray
  • Oven
  • Oven Mitt
  • Pizza Cutter

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix the dry yeast, sugar and warm water in the bowl and leave to stand until the mixture has become bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  • Sieve the flour and salt into the yeast mixture and mix until you are left with firm dough.
  •   Pour the oil over the dough and knead until it becomes smooth and stretchy.
  • Allow the pizza dough to sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on the baking paper and tray until you have a very thin pizza base, the thinner the better as it will rise in the oven. This is if you like a thin crunchy base. You don’t have to roll it out as much if you prefer a thicker base.
  • Then top the pizza base with the tomato paste, tinned tomato, garlic, cheese and your yummy toppings of choice.

Bake the pizza for 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the sides of the pizza are golden. I suggest checking regularly to ensure you don’t end up with a burnt pizza, which would be traumatizing, to say the least!

I would love to hear how you made your family drool with jealousy, so please feel free to drop a comment down below! Until next time x

“You are the boss of that tough dough!”

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