Thursday, July 06, 2006

Easy peasy pizza

ONE thing I love more than anything is cooking for people though I have to admit sometimes I would love to come home to someone cooking the dinner for me.

How and ever I am the cook in the house and I get bored with what I do. I recently came across a really, really easy recipe for pizza which can be thrown together with things that you usually have in your fridge.

You will need:

1 cup of plain flour (8oz)
1 teaspoon of mustard powder
mixed herbs
tomato sauce, I use pasata
heaped teaspoon of soft butter
3/4 cup of milk
Whatever desired toppings you like


Preheat your oven to 180



Add all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, the flour, mustard powder and some mixed herbs.

Add the butter and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

When mixed through add the milk until your mixture becomes dough. Put in the fridge.

Mix your pasata with the crushed garlic and mixed herbs.


Take your dough from the fridge and roll out until it is a quarter of an inch thick. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and smear your tomato sauce all over it.

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Then the fun begins, get your toppings and place all over the base. I used mozarella cheese, mushrooms, onions and sliced tomatos



I then tossed some Italian Pancetta ham chunks over the top.


The below pic shows the pre-cooked pizza. Cook in the top of your oven for about 20 minutes though it may need longer.


And it comes out looking like this. Simple, easy and normally with stuff you have to hand. Yum.



I am still experimenting with the base and am going to try self-raising flour just to see, though I like a thin base. It is also worth not going overboard on the mixed herbs, try a little the first time to see what your tastes are.

And let me know if you tried this and what you thought.

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Mr Gary said...

Try making the base with yeast. It takes longer as you have to let the dough rise but the results are better. Also, for your tomato sauce, try adding some onions, garlic, chilli and a little balsamic vinegar for extra taste (whizz it all up in a food processor). Yum Yum.

cc said...

Even easier than using yeast is using "unbleached self-raising soda bread flour" and buttermilk. you simply season the flour with salt, pepper, a few herbs and some cheese if you like; add the buttermilk a little at a time until a nice elastic dough is produced, roll it out and that's it. Cook at 180. It rises beautifully and is reminiscent of the delicious pizzas Tawdrey used to make back in the day!! Happy cooking!

Daragh Mc Grath said...

Man I'm hungry now!! :(