Main Meals

PIZZA!

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Week 7 of the Great British Bake Off – Italian Week. Admittedly pizza was the easiest option of the week to recreate, but I don’t think my university budget/schedule/kitchen would allow me to make sfogliatelle!

Photography is super dodgy as my housemates and I had a whole pizza night so the priority was to get to the oven first rather than take fancy pictures! I promise it tastes so good!

I used my favourite cheese sauce recipe from the vegan gods at Hot For Food to top my pizza with, to make it thicker for pizza, I simply heated it in a saucepan to activate the arrowroot before baking it. Please watch their ‘pizza challenge’ for a demonstration!

Top it however you want – I just used what was in my fridge but you could go wild.

Enjoy!

MAKES 4 PIZZAS

INGREDIENTS

Dough:

500g Strong White Flour

7g (1 sachet) Yeast

1 tsp salt

2 tsps sugar

250ml warm water

1 tbsp olive oil

SAUCE:

500g passata

2 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp dried garlic

1 tsp dried onion

1 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Mix the flour, yeast, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle, then pour in the warm water and oil.
  3. Bring the mixture together until it begins to form a dough, then roll out onto a surface and kneed.
  4. Knead the dough for 5-10, until when you press it, the dough bounces back.
  5. Place your dough into an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and a tea towel, then leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. To make the sauce, simply add the passata and the spices into a saucepan and heat gently.
  7. Prep your topping at this point, including the cheese sauce if you’re using it. To thicken the cheese sauce, heat it in a saucepan until you’re happy with the thickness.
  8. Pre heat your oven to 220C.
  9. Once your dough is proved and soft, punch it down, then roll it out the bowl.
  10. Divide the dough into 4 quarters, then roll out each section into a pizza shape base.
  11. Add your sauce and topping, brush some olive oil on the crust, then bake for 8-10 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

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