Coming from a family of DIY pro’s there is very little we rely on from the ready-made shelf but pizza is a food you resort to when you are exhausted and need a quick fix at the end of a long day.

I wanted to set out a goal of making an entire pizza from the beginning to the end. I started with the dough.

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe (makes 4 small pizzas)

  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbspn olive oil
  • 1 tbspn salt
  • 1 ¾ cup warm water
  • About 450g bread flour

Method

To create the pizza dough, combine the yeast and sugar and add the water, stir and let stand for 5 mins or until frothy (that’s how you know the yeast has activated). Stir in the olive oil and salt.

Mix in the flour a little bit at a time until it comes into a ball. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead, adding flour if necessary until the dough no longer sticks to your hands and when prodded, it springs back.

Put the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap, Let the dough rise until doubled in size. “Knock-down” the dough by quickly kneading it and allowing it to rise again.

Now your dough is ready. Divide the dough into 4 and roll out into a circle or square, if you’re feeling rebellious. After your dough is rolled out bake it in the oven at 190 degrees celsius on a hot baking tray for about 10 mins.

I also made some home made tomato paste by cooking down tomatoes with onions and garlic until thick, then adding spices.

When the base is cooked, spread on your tomato paste and add any toppings your heart desires. My heart desired Camambert, prosciutto, mozzarella and fresh rocket. Bake for another 10 mins or until golden and crispy.

After going through the process I must admit it was a little arduous and definitely took longer than calling up the local pizza place but it was utterly worth it. I am now a home-made pizza convert and sorry to say, will be turning my nose up at fast food pizza in the future. The flavor was unbeatable and who doesn’t love throwing pizza dough up into the air like they do in the movies?