The pizza recipe that I always default to is the one I made with Gouda cheese. The original recipe is from PW and I have tweaked it over many attempts to make it my own. But a couple of weeks back, I had about 1 hour to make lunch and I wanted a super quick and easy pizza base to throw some topping on and bake while I cleaned up the kitchen (ok fine, while TH cleaned up the kitchen!).
|Super spongy and soft pizza base in 30 mins – win!|
This recipe hit the mark and it had so many rave reviews that I had to try it. The result was fabulous and I make a thick crust with loads of tomatoes and capsicum, just the way TH likes it. I also had some almost-limp broccoli which I threw into the mix. Let your imagination go wild, I really have no fixed recipe for pizza since the toppings are pretty much what I have in hand but this pizza dough recipe, it sure is a keeper!
QUICK & EASY PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Rising time: 25 minutes
Makes 1 hearty 12″ pizza
Recipe source: bestrecipes.com.au
- 2 cups of plain flour / maida
- 2 and 1/4 tsp (one sachet) of instant or active dry yeast (I use and recommend Fleischmann Yeast)
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of salt
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of warm water
How to make the Pizza Dough:
1. Combine all the ingredients and gently knead with fingertips until a slightly sticky dough forms. You don’t have to knead too much, just until the dough forms. In the Kitchenaid, it took me about 3 mins.
2. Place in an oiled bowl and turn the dough so the oil coats it. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise for about 20-25 mins or until doubled in volume. In sunny Singapore, it barely took me 25 mins.
3. Punch down the dough and knead lightly until it forms a ball. Transfer to a floured surface.
4. Roll the dough into a circle or rectangle, flouring it as you go. You can make two smaller pizzas, use half the dough and refrigerate the rest, or just make one large pizza like I did. I just transferred the dough to my baking tray and used my fingertips to flatten it.
5. First, add some tomato sauce (if you are using it). My easy pizza sauce involves about 4 tbsp canned tomato sauce boiled for 2 mins with some dried basil and oregano with some salt. Add some cheddar cheese on top and then pile on any vegetables you wish to use. I have used broccoli, cherry tomatoes, onion, and some capsicum.
6. Sprinkle more salt + oregano on top and bake for about 15 mins in a pre-heated oven at 200C. The vegetables will get charred a bit and the base will turn a lovely golden brown.
- As I mentioned, go crazy with your own idea for toppings for the pizza
- The dough can be refrigerated for a day or two but it will continue to rise slowly. If you plan to use it after a day, I’d recommend refrigerating the dough as soon as you have mixed it up; don’t let it rise outside
- I find that my homemade pizza always lacks salt so I increased the amount of salt in this than the original recipe. It was still on the less-salty category so keep that in mind if you try this quick and easy pizza dough