Great pizza recipe that is so easy

Why hit the Hut for pizza when a recipe for easy homemade versions gets tastier results at a fraction of the price? With a few basic ingredients, minimal equipment and a little practice, your kitchen pizzeria can keep the whole family happily ordering another of the margheritas or quattro stagiones.

Authentic and fresh

Following a pizza recipe is easy and requires no great culinary skill, just a little imagination and creativity.

  1. The first step is preparing the base. Mix your strong bread flour with a small amount of rye flour to give your base more flavour and texture. Use easy bake or instant yeast powder and enough water to create a pliable dough. Olive oil will add a touch of Italian authenticity. Knead until the dough is elastic and smooth and leave to prove for at least a couple of hours.
  2. Roll the dough as evenly and thinly as possible (unless you prefer a deep dish version) and place on an oiled baking tray or pizza stone.
  3. The classic pizza topping is nothing more than a tomato sauce and mozzarella sprinkled with oregano or a few basil leaves. Purists argue that this is still the best option but once you have perfected your margherita recipe it's fine to be experimental.
  4. Beware of wet ingredients as they can make the pizza soggy. If using canned artichokes on your quattro stagione, squeeze out the moisture beforehand. Mushrooms should also be lightly sauteed before using them on pizza, to enhance the flavour.
  5. Don't be afraid to leave out the tomato. Pizza topped with sauteed new potato and rosemary or pesto and fresh asparagus can be great summer alternatives.

Fast and hot

Assuming you don't have a handy wood-fired oven in your back garden for your pizza recipe, it's easy enough to create similar conditions in a fan oven. Crank it up very high, to around 230C, and cook the pizza for between 7-10 minutes. You want the base to crisp and the cheese to bubble.

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