Tuesday, 5 November 2013

How to make: pizza from scratch

I love a pizza takeaway as much as the next person, but do you sometimes find that your ideal pizza isn't out there? That your local doesn't stock the one topping you really love? I've recently been making my own pizzas from scratch and I have to say, I'm a convert! It's not as time consuming as you'd imagine and the decorating part is usually lots of fun

You will need...

- 600g flour
- 14g yeast
- 350ml water
- 6 tbsp virgin olive oil
- 3 tsp salt
- 3 tins of chopped tomatoes
- 2 tsp sugar
- Seasoning to your taste
- Mixed herbs
- Your toppings of choice, sliced
- Mozzarella
- 2 onions (for the sauce)
- Tomato purée (optional)

Makes 5 / 6 small rectangular pizzas


1) Combine the flour, yeast, salt, oil, and water in a bowl. Mix together to form a dough and knead until dough has some elasticity to it

2) Leave in the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave for a few hours.

3) Meanwhile you can start preparing your various toppings. We used peppers, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and then chorizo for the meat eaters.

4) To prepare the pizza sauce, chop a couple of onions and cook on the hob until softened.

5) Add the chopped tomatoes and season. I like to add a little tomato purée also. Sprinkle in a teaspoon or two of sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes.

6) Add as many mixed herbs as you like. Simmer. Add corn flour if it still needs thickening.

7) Let the sauce cool and keep to one side until the dough is ready. Knead all the air out of the dough then roll out into small rectangular shapes (to give you an idea of size, we fit two pizzas per baking tray). Top generously with pizza sauce.

8) The fun part! Decorate your pizza with your choice of toppings then add the mozzarella on top. You can either slice the mozzarella yourself or buy grated cheese.

9) Cook for about 20-25 minutes on gas mark 6. Keep an eye on them though as some ovens do vary.

I cooked for six of us and they seemed to go down well. Cheaper than a takeaway plus healthier - what's not to love?


  1. Thanks for this tasty recipe

  2. I love making pizza from scratch! Haven't done it for so long though, definitely need to do it again xxx

    1. I'm a convert! Although I can never say no to a Dr Oetker mozzarella pizza ;) one of my favourite pizzas ever


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