- 600g of plain flour plus some extra for dusting and coating the workbench
- 14g of dried yeast
- 80ml of vegetable oil plus some to coat the bowl with
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 375ml of really warm water
- 2 teaspoons of caster sugar
- 400-500g of tomato paste
- LOTS of CHEESE!
- Any toppings/sauce of your choice
- Add the water into a bowl and add in the yeast and sugar and set aside for around 5 mins *Tip – I am very lazy when it comes to cleaning dishes, so I use a bowl that is big enough for the dough to rise in.
- If you have a food processor then attach the kneading tool, then add in the flour and salt and mix it through. If not use a large bowl and combine the flour and salt and make a well in the centre of the mixture.
- Add in the oil and once the yeast mixture has gone cloudy add that in.
- If you’re using a processor just slowly combine the ingredients until it starts to form a ball and is elastic in nature. Otherwise combine the ingredients evenly by using a round bladed knife in a cutting motion, once the mixture is uniform bring the dough together using your hands.
- If you used a food processor and your dough has already formed into a ball skip this step. Otherwise transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough using the heel of your hand to push and stretch the dough – knead for around 10mins or until the dough is elastic in nature.
- Lightly coat using oil, a bowl that is big enough for the dough to expand around 2 times its original size – if you were smart/lazy and used a big enough bowl for the yeast mixture like I said use that.
- Add in the dough and make sure that there is a thin layer of oil ontop of the dough to prevent crust from forming.
- Cover and set aside in a draught-free warm place for around 30 mins or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat the oven to 240 oC.
- Remove the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and divide it into 2 portions if you prefer thick pizza bases or into 3 portions if you prefer a thinner base.
- Roll these portions out and lightly dust the underside of the bases with flour to prevent the pizzas from sticking to the pans.
- Add the tomato paste, cheese and your toppings of choice and place in the oven for 15-20 mins or until golden brown.
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe like Lydia and I do. It seriously is super easy to make, it doesn’t take up much time and best of all it’s super cheap! We’ve not once purchased pre-made pizza dough or a pre-made pizza base since trying out this recipe.