Gourmet pizza

Any dish involving caramelised onions and goats cheese is an instant winner in our house. Sweet, salty and creamy – this winning combination works well in everything from tarts to salads. Best of all, though, is pizza!

Making your own pizza is fun to do and tastes so much better than shop-bought. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back! This is one of my favourite go-to recipes for a quick and delicious dinner. The quantities below will make two large pizzas.

You will need:

For the dough…

  • 300g bread flour
  • 7g sachet of yeast [or 1 tsp]
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 200ml warm water

For the topping…

  • 4 tbsp. tomato puree
  • Caramelised onion chutney
  • Smoked ham
  • Goats cheese
  • Strips of red pepper
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salad leaves

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the water and oil slowly, bringing the mixture together with a fork.
  3. When holding loosely together, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for approx. 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
  4. Divide into two, and roll each one out until around 4mm thick [adjust according to your own preference].
  5. Place the rolled out bases onto floured baking trays, and leave in a warm place to prove for approx. 10 minutes [15 minutes for a thicker base].
  6. Spread over the tomato puree, then add toppings.
  7. Sprinkle over the herbs, a pinch of salt and plenty of cracked black pepper.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden and the base crisp.
  9. Add a generous handful of salad leaves and serve.

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Alternative toppings:

  • Shredded roast chicken, feta and black olives
  • Brie, cranberry and spinach
  • Sweet bell pepper, goats cheese and roast vegetables

What is your favourite flavour combination? Are you tempted to try making homemade pizzas?

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