Pizza is one of the world’s favorite foods. It is frequently associated with parties and gatherings, and with good reason. It’s easy to eat, delicious, and most everyone likes it in some form or another. For the home host or hostess, pizza is easy to make. Even for those who’ve never worked with yeast dough before, it’s very easy and inexpensive to whip up a dough from scratch with only 4 ingredients. It doesn’t even have to rise! Your friends will be amazed at how delicious your homemade pizzeria pizza tastes, and with a variety of toppings, there will be something for everyone at the party. The following reciepe along with advice comes from a UK company who specialise in pizza catering across Nottinghamshire and they really know how to throw a party.
300g all purpose or bread flour
1 tsp yeast, instant
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
100ml crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp of minced fresh basil
1 clove of garlic, minced
125g mozzarella ball, grated
grated Parmesan for sprinkling
Optional topping ideas: pepperoni, cooked crumbled sausage, bell pepper, onion, chicken, broccoli, bacon, pineapple, anchovy – or get bold and exotic!
Put the flour in a large bowl and gently whisk in the yeast and salt. Pour 200ml of warm(not boiling) water into the bowl and blend the mixture with a wooden spoon until it is incorporated. It will be a slightly wet dough. Lightly flour the counter top and turn out the dough onto the counter. Knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth, and then cover it with a tea towel.
If you feel like getting fancy, you can make your own tomato sauce for the base of the pizzas. There are many prepared varieties available, but it can be fun to create your own. If you choose to make your own sauce, now is a good time to do so by blending the crushed tomatoes, basil and garlic. Let it sit at room temperature while you roll out the dough.
Now, it’s time to top the pizzas and bake. Split the dough into two balls, and roll both out thinly into rounds or squares about 25 cm across. Carefully transfer the dough onto baking sheets or pizza pans that are either lightly floured or coated with cornmeal.
Top the pizzas with the tomato sauce and cheese and toppings of your choice, leaving a slight edge of empty crust around the border to make the pizza easy to eat. Drizzle the pizza with a little olive oil and sprinkle on some garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Preheat the oven to 220C and bake the pizzas for 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly before serving!