Pizza

 

Pizza is great fun to make, and eternally popular with kids!

Ingredients

For the dough:

150g plain flour or Italian 00 flour

Half tsp quick-rise dried yeast

Half tsp salt (2g) and third of a tsp sugar (1g)

1 dessertspoon (5ml) olive oil

90ml tepid water

A little semolina, for rolling the dough

For the topping:

Tomato sauce, made from 100g tomato passata, heated with 1 clove crushed garlic, salt, pepper, basil leaves and 1 dessertspoon olive oil

100g (drained weight – two thirds of a pack) Mozzarella

Large pinch oregano

Optional extras: 20g halved black olives, sliced red pepper, sweetcorn, cooked spinach

Basil leaves to top the pizza when cooked

Method

  1. Measure the flour into your bowl. Stir in the salt, yeast and the pinch of sugar
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the warm water and the oil. Stir the dough in the bowl with your spoon until it forms a ball, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, taking it in turns, for 5 minutes.  Leave the dough to rise in a warm place whilst you prepare the toppings
  3. Choose and prepare your toppings and tear the mozzarella and basil ready for use
  4. Grease your baking tray
  5. Sprinkle your work surface with semolina and roll out your dough, as shown, to fit the tray
  6. Sprinkle some more semolina over the dough when rolled out (to add a bit of crunch)
  7. Spread tomato sauce (your teacher will give this to you) onto the dough using the back of a spoon
  8. Add the torn mozzarella and your chosen toppings
  9. Cook in a high oven (200C/400F/Gas 6) for twelve minutes. Throw over some basil leaves and eat immediately!
  10. Buon appetito!