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Ingredients

Pizza Dough

450g/1lb Odlums Strong White Flour

1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar

Good Pinch of Salt

1 Sachet (7g) Fast Acting Yeast

300ml/_pt Warm Water (1 part boiling to 2 parts cold)

1 Tablespoon Olive or Vegetable Oil

Shamrock Semolina for dusting if liked

Tomato Sauce

2 Tablespoons of oil

1 Tin Roma Chopped Tomatoes (400g)

1 Finely Chopped Onion (optional)

1 Clove of Garlic (crushed)

1 Teaspoon Fresh Herbs (Basil, Thyme, Parsley etc) or

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs

Suggested Toppings

To your choice:

Cheese (Mozzarella and Grated Cheddar) or Low Low for healthy option

Slices of pepperoni or chorizo

Shredded Cooked Chicken

Sliced Ham

Peppers

Mushrooms

Olives & Anchovies

 

Method

  1. Make the dough by putting the flour, sugar, salt and yeast into a large bowl. Add the oil to the warm water and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix together to form a dough.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 7 to 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. This can be done in half the time by using dough hooks in an electric mixer. Return to bowl cover loosely with a tea towel. Leave in a warmish place to ‘prove’ until doubled in size. About 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce: heat the oil in a pan, add the onions (if used) and gently fry until soft. Add the tomatoes, garlic and herbs and bring to the boil. For a smooth sauce this may be ‘buzzed’ in a processor! Sauce should thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If it needs thickening, bring it to the boil and reduce to thicken, this may take a few minutes! Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  4. When dough is ‘ready’ dust a board with semolina if used, or flour and roll out to a round, size depends on the thickness and the number of pizza you wish to make!
  5. Place pizzas on baking trays or baking stone. Spread with a little of the tomato sauce, then the cheese and the toppings of your choice.
  6. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the pizza, until the pizza is golden underneath and the topping is bubbling on top.