I’ve been perfecting my home made pizza since last summer and last night I found the combination of ingredients I had been looking for! It was by accident as I was making two pizzas but only had enough yeast (sachet) for one.
Ingredients (for 1 thin crust pizza)
300g strong plain flour
Tiny bit of salt (optional)
3.5g of yeast (usually half a sachet) – double this for ordinary style crust
Hot water to form dough
Tomato paste (below)
50g of parmesan
125g+ of mozzarella
Then add anything you like to the top
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
A little bit of olive oil, roughly one teaspoon
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Put all the tomato paste ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for at least 30 minutes to reduce the water and thicken.
If the parmesan is not already grated, do so. Cut the mozzarella into tiny chunks. Prepare any other toppings.
Heat the oven to 220C (mine 200C) and make sure it’s at temperature before the following.
Once all the toppings are prepared, place all the base ingredients into a food mixer and slowly add the hot water to the mixer as its going. Once the dough has formed a ball, stop adding the water or it will be too wet. Remove the dough and place onto a floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes (at least) otherwise it will be more difficult to roll out. Roll out into a circle and (preferably) place onto a pizza stone.
Add the tomato paste onto the base, leaving about 2 cm gap around the edge. Sprinkle the parmesan onto the tomato. Add mozzarella and other toppings. Place into the hot oven and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the pizza and continue cooking until done.