How to cook a homemade pizza in 11 easy steps

How to cook a homemade pizza in 11 easy steps
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I think I speak for the majority of mankind when I say pizzas are one of the best kinds of comfort food. For as long as I can remember pizza has been my go-to takeaway of choice and I always find myself saying “how easy is it to cook homemade pizza?” because I could easily have it for dinner multiple times a week.

Well, I put that question to the test. I surprisingly found out it is so easy to make your own homemade pizza and, guess what, it tasted absolutely delicious.

After trying and adapting a few different cooking methods, I’ve settled on this super easy and, more importantly, quick recipe. In fact, it’s so simple and quick this post could easily be retitled ‘super simple homemade pizza recipe for kids’.

Since being ill I’ve found that cooking has been a great form of therapy. With extra time on my hands, I’ve not begrudged having to stand in front of the cooker (although it has been a bit of a chore during the hotter days!) and I’ve found it to be great way to get me on my feet without having too much physical exertion.

Not only has cooking been a great activity for me over the last few months, this recipe is great for saving money. Most of the ingredients that are needed are likely to already be in your cupboards, so it costs a fraction of your usual takeaway choices and, in my opinion, it tastes a lot better than frozen pizzas from the supermarket.

So,  do you want to know how to make a homemade pizza? Look no further…

Ingredients

Makes one pizza with approximately a 30cm diameter

(Tip: If you want to double ingredients in order to use a whole sachet of yeast, the remaining dough will keep in the fridge overnight or can be frozen to use later on.)

For dough:

275g of plain flour

3.5g of dried yeast (usually half of a sachet)

1/2 tsp of caster sugar

160ml of warm water

A pinch of salt

A pinch of pepper

1 tbsp of olive oil

 

For sauce:

200g of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp of tomato puree

1/2 tbsp of olive oil

A sprinkle of salt

A sprinkle of pepper

A sprinkle of oregano

Plus toppings of your choice

(My favs are a mix of grated mozzarella and mature cheddar with fresh tomatoes and mushroom)

 

Method

  1. To get started on the super easy pizza dough, add the water, yeast, caster sugar and olive oil to a jug and set it aside to give the yeast a chance to activate.
  2. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, adding a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.
  3. After the wet mixture been sitting for 3-4 minutes, gradually pour it into the mixing bowl, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon until everything is mixed together.
  4. Take the mixture out of the bowl and, on a floured surface, knead the dough with your hands until it is no longer sticky but still slightly tacky.
  5. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave the mixture for at least an hour, giving it time to double in size.
  6. Once the dough is ready, knead it again for a few minutes to take some of the air out.
  7. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to roughly the size of a pizza tray. (Once placed on the tray I usually stretch it out further with my fingers if need be).
  8. Turn oven on to allow it to preheat at 200C.
  9. Put all sauce ingredients into a blender, until the mixture is thick.
  10. Brush the dough base with olive oil, cover the base with the blended tomato sauce and sprinkle with toppings. (Note: If topping with cooked meat, these should be added a bit later to avoid burning).
  11. Cook for 15 minutes.

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