home made pizza

I love pizza, it’s one of my favourite foods to eat, but it’s not always the healthiest or the cheapest. However I’ve started making my own at home and whilst it does take longer than sticking one from the supermarket in the oven I think it’s worth the effort and tastes so much better.

When making a pizza at home, I find a bread mix is usually the easiest way rather than fussing about with flour and yeast. I also use wholemeal rather than white, it’s lovely and tasty but also good for getting in your wholegrains.

Serves: 2-3 Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

home made pizza

Ingredients

250g wholemeal bread mix
1 ball of light mozzarella
1 tsp of dried basil
1 tsp of dried oregano
salt and pepper

Sauce
1 clove of garlic
1 tin chopped tomatoes
a handful of cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree

Your favourite toppings- I used:

3 mushrooms
1 tomato
1 red pepper
half a pack of Mattessons Reduced Fat Smoked Pork Sausage
3 or 4 slices of Proscuitto

Method

making the pizza dough
Tip the bread mix into a bowl and mix with warm water according to instructions, not forgetting to reduce the liquid by half if you are only using half the packet.
Knead for 5 minutes then cling and leave to prove in a warm place for half an hour.

making the tomato sauce
In the meantime add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes into a food processor. Add salt, pepper and a teaspoon of dried basil and oregano. Pulse until smooth.

rolling out the pizza dough
Prepare the ingredients you are going to put on your pizza. Once your dough has proved for half an hour, flour your board then take it out and knead a little bit more. At this point you can either cut the dough in half to make two pizzas or leave as one giant pizza. Then roll out into a rough circle shape (it doesn’t matter if its more square than circular).

adding the pizza toppings
Add a couple of tablespoons of the tomato sauce and spread out with the back of the spoon over the base.
Add your toppings as desired then once all on tear up the mozzarella ball and scatter over.
If you are using tomatoes on your pizza take out the seeds as they can make the pizza soggy, plus burning hot tomato squirting into your face when you take a bite is never fun!

home made pizza
Add more herbs on the top and then place in the oven on Gas Mark 5/ 190°C for 30 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Serve with some delicious salad.