Homemade Pizza, Mark 1!

I decided to do something brave last week – I decided to try to make my own pizza from scratch!  This has historical origins.  When I was a fresher, Jenny, a girl in my dorm, used to make the most delicious homemade pizza.  So I decided to try to do it myself.  What’s pizza dough to someone whose conquered pretzels?

Yeah.  Pizza dough? Way harder!

Pizza Dough (adapted from Delia Online)

Ingredients:

175g plain white flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp yeast

1/2 tsp light brown sugar

1 tbsp olive oil

Sift flour into mixing bowl.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.  Knead dough and place aside for several hours to let rise.

Once it has risen, roll dough out onto a baking tray and place to one side.

Red Sauce (adapted from an old boyfriend! – apologies that this is one of those recipes I do to taste, so quite hard to describe)

Ingredients:

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp English mustard

1/4 tsp Worcester sauce

1 large onion

1 clove of garlic

2 tsp mixed herbs

Chop up the onion and garlic and add to a frying pan with olive oil on low heat.  Heat the onions until soft and golden (with a very nice smell!) then add to the saucepan with the other ingredients.  Let the sauce simmer for about 25 minutes on medium heat, allowing the sauce to thicken a bit.  When ready, pour sauce over pizza dough.

Add about 200g mozzarella over dough and sauce (obviously accounting for your preferred level of cheesiness) and then add the toppings of your choice.  Heat the oven to 230C (I know, our oven gets almost too hot to touch the knobs) and put the pizza in.  It should cook for about ten minutes, but check it constantly, because it’s VERY easy for it to overcook in an oven that hot.

I was not happy with the result of this recipe.  It was ok, but the sauce/cheese to dough ratio was definitely way too high!  I think this will be getting another try in the Beardy kitchen, next time with a smaller pan, which would allow for a thicker dough.  Does anyone have any tips for improving pizza?

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