SIMPLE PIZZA BASE RECIPE

Everyone's favourite food tastes so much better when homemade and topped with your favourite ingredients

Prep Time    : 15 mins
Cook Time   : 12 mins - 18 mins plus proving

Servings      : 2 large or 4 individual pizzas

INGREDIENTS

·         600g strong white bread flour, plus plenty for rolling
·         ½ tsp dried yeast
·         2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
·         semolina, for dusting 




INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Put the flour, yeast and 1 tsp salt into a large bowl. Stir in 500ml of slightly warm water and the oil. You should end up with a wettish dough that is rough and lumpy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with a tea towel and if your kitchen is cool keep it out, but if it’s warm put it in the bottom of the fridge. Leave dough to rise for at least 6 hrs or until doubled in size.
2.   When ready to cook, bring the dough to room temperature. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Dust 2-4 baking sheets with semolina. Dust the work surface with flour, then divide the dough into 2 or 4 pieces. Knead each piece on the floured surface, incorporating enough flour to stop the dough being sticky.
3.   Roll each piece into a pizza shape and lift onto baking sheets. Leave to rise for 10 mins while you sort toppings (see ideas, below). Top the bases with your chosen ingredients, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake following the timings for each topping (18 mins for a large pizza or 12 mins for an individual) or until the crust is crisp and the topping is bubbling.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com


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