Good evening everyone!
Yesterday, my partner and I decided to try and make home made pizza! As a student, pizza is definitely a favourite whether you’re having an evening in or on your way back home from a night out. However, pizza can be very expensive! My favourite pizza take away would be either Dominoes or Papa Johns, but, their large pizzas are just less than £20 which is very expensive to feed one person!
Anyway, I have seen so many videos and looked at some many recipes but making dough always seemed like a really difficult process therefore I was always hesitant to give it a go. However, I took the plunge and it was so much easier than I thought, and, I couldn’t believe how cheap it was in comparison to a take-away pizza!
I used one of my favourite online recipe websites called ‘BBC Good Food’. This is the link to the specific recipe I used as a guideline: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4683/pizza-margherita-in-4-easy-steps
I am very inexperienced when it comes to making bread, therefore, I followed the instructions how to make the pizza dough exactly. This step was so easy and only involved five ingredients; bread flour, salt, olive oil, warm water and yeast! Once all the ingredients were combined, I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and kneading the bread! The recipe said that you didn’t have to prove the bread mixture but I chose to prove it because before reading the recipe properly I assumed that all bread dough had to be proved therefore I start making my pizzas a lot earlier than I wished to eat it!
Anyway, I popped the kneaded dough back into the large bowl which I combined the ingredients and then covered the top with cling film and left it to prove for about an hour. I was so impressed with how much it had risen!
Before I shaped the pizza dough, I made the tomato base. In this step I also followed the instructions but then added my own little twist. So, as well as adding tomato passata, basil, garlic, salt and pepper, I also added some dried oregano and some dried Italian chilli flakes. After about 3-4 minutes we let this stand and then concentrated on shaping our pizza base.
The shaping of the pizza base was so much fun! My partner and I had such a laugh doing this because the bread dough texture was very springy and bounced back into its original form. This took us a while to get the hang of working the dough into our desirable shape. Additionally, it didn’t help that we didn’t have a rolling pin to roll out the dough; instead, we used a glass and a beer bottle which surprisingly did the trick!
Once we were happy with the shape of the base, we popped the pizzas onto a piece of floured baking parchment on a baking tray. My partner spooned on the tomato mixture whist I grated the cheddar cheese and laid out a range of toppings that we wanted to use. To top or pizzas we used:
- Cheddar cheese
- Pepper and Salt to season
This is the pizza I made before it was cooked:
My partner absolutely adores pizza therefore he directed me in the best way to layer out toppings! He advised the grated cheddar cheese to go first, then the meat, followed by the mozzarella and then finally add the spinach and the salt and pepper to season. This was very enjoyable as this is where you could really get creative in designing your own unique pizza (and making it attractive enough to post on social media, of course!). Furthermore, my partner and I are very competitive so we were playfully competing against each other who would produce the best looking and tasting pizza!
This is my pizza after it had been cooked:
In the end, I won the best looking pizza but he most certainly won the best tasting pizza! The pizzas took no more than 15- 2o minutes to cook and they were delicious! My partner even said that, ‘it was the best tasting pizza he had tasted in a long time!’ which is a huge compliment and I thoroughly enjoyed my pizza too! It was surprisingly very simple, easy and cheap to make! The inly ingredients we bought especially to make the pizza was the yeast and bread flour. Everything else we had in the fridge were staples that we eat on a regular basis. A pizza is perfect for if you’re craving some easy comfort food but it is also a great way to use up fresh ingredients that need to be eaten before they go off! I found it so rewarding eating my pizza knowing that I had made it from scratch. My partner and I have agreed that we will definitely be making this again!