For the love of Food :)

Pizza Dough

Makes 2 large pizza’s
My son loves pizza! Now I know what your thinking “Who doesn’t!?” But when I say he loves pizza he LOVES pizza! He would eat it everyday if I allowed him. I must admit I like most of you love pizza too (Not as much as Damian does though), and as a Mum pizza is one of those complete meals that I love feeding the kids. See I have found a way to feel great about feeding this “unhealthy” dish to the kids! How? I start off by making my own pizza dough, then pack as many veggies as possible into the tomato based sauce so when they eat their “Ham and Cheese” pizza they are  getting a whole lot more than they think! But I’m getting a head of myself, lets start off with the pizza base. Its a lot easier than you think! Make it in the morning before work and let it do its thing during the day, then when you get home all you have to do is roll it out put on your favourite toppings and you have delicious pizza in less time than what it takes to order it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups of warm water
  • 2 Tsp of dried yeast
  • Pinch of caster sugar (you can also use raw or white sugar)
  • 5 Cups of plain four
  • 2 Tsp of salt; I like to use Pukara Estate’s oak smoked salt
  • 1/4 Cup of olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing

Method:

1) Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a jug or small bowl. Loosely cover with cling film and set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy.

2) In a standmixer bowl combine flour and salt and make a well in the centre. Pour in yeast mixture and oil, using the dough hook attachment mix on low until the mixture comes together then mix on a medium/high speed for 3 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

3) Remove the dough from the bowl and lightly oil it, then place the dough back into the bowl. Brush with a little olive oil, loosely cover with cling film then a tea towel. Set a side in a warm, draught-free area to rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

OR (If you don’t have a standmixer)

1) Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a jug or small bowl. Loosely cover with cling film and set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy.

2) In a large bowl combine the flour and salt and make a well in the centre. Pout in the yeast mixture and oil, using a wooden spoon mix until the mixture comes together.

3) Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic.

4) Place dough in an oiled bowl. Brush with a little olive oil, loosely cover with cling film then a tea towel. Set a side in a warm, draught-free area to rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Remember the secret to the perfect dish is to cook with love (and a little va va voom) xx

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