Tonight’s dinner is pizza. Homemade from scratch. Earlier in the week when I was clearing out my cupboards I came across some flour that needed using up by the end of this month, what better way to use it up making a pizza base, getting the rugrats involved and covered in flour. Brilliant plan?!
White bread flour
Teaspoon fast acting yeast
Glug olive oil
Making the dough…
I have a breadmaker, so I pop all the ingredients in, switch on and leave it to make the dough for me. Simple. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry, I’m going to tell you how to make a simple dough:
Pop the all the above ingredients into a large bowl and mix together, pop out onto a floured work surface and knead rhythmically for 5-10 minutes until smooth. The dough might feel sticky, this is fine because as you knead it you will find it will become more dough like so do not be tempted to add more flour. Pop the ball of dough into a clean oiled bowl and pop cling film over. Leave for at least an hour to rise in a warm place. (An airing cupboard if you have one is great) if not, a sunny windowsill with a tea towel over the top is just as good.
When the dough is risen you can tip it out onto a floured work surface, give it a good whack and knead it a little bit and then you can use it as below… but first you need to make the tomato sauce:
Tomato pizza sauce
Tin of tomatoes
Saute onion in olive oil until transluscent. Add garlic and stir, add tomatoes and crush with a fork or masher. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar, stir and leave on lowest heat uncovered to reduce down, keep an eye on it, when the sauce has reduced down, take off the heat and whizz in blender until smooth.
Take the dough and place on flour work surface. Break into four equal size balls. Roll out each ball to pizza shape and place on oiled pizza tray. Spread tomato sauce onto the pizza and then add any topping of your choice, my kids current favourite is red pepper and capers, we sprinkle a generous helping of grated mozzarella on top, you could add fresh basil, sweetcorn, leeks, peas, roasted veg, absolutely anything that takes your fancy. Also when the pizza is cooked some pesto drizzled over is rather lovely too. I also advise drizzling a little olive oil over the pizza before popping in the oven.
I served the pizzas with some salad, you can also make some garlic bread too by taking some toast, rubbing a raw garlic bulb over the surface of the toast and spreading with a mix of butter and olive oil. Then sprinkle with oregano and pop under a grill until the butter is melted.
Grown ups may enjoy a glass of red wine with their meal and little people may have their usual tipple whatever this may be, my rugrats current favourite is orange, lemon and pineapple squash. Live it up!
See you tomorrow!