It is Valentines day and I will be staying home tonight.
For supper I will be eating homemade pizza. More specifically, a homemade pizza with a herb and chilli crust. Why? Well OH really really likes it. And since he will be making me pancakes for breakfast , I have to make one of (our erm) his favourites for supper. You should see the amount of courgette pizzas we eat in the summer
In my other life, I worked at various pizza restaurants and was not really a fan. They seemed like tasteless soggy bread covered in a red gooey slop. A few years ago we went to Naples, home of the pizza and the rest is history.
This dough recipe is quick and easy. Even more importantly it can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen for later use so you can easily scale up the recipe and defrost it for couple of hours before you want to use it. If you dont want a little bit of heat in the dough then ignore the chilli.
My failsafe method of avoiding a soggy crust is to prick the dough crust with a fork and then bake it plain for a few minutes before adding any toppings. But you can add your toppings directly to the rolled dough if you prefer.
This pizza recipe has been adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and seriously we should all thank them.
So please leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this easy pizza dough recipe.
- 450g all purpose flour (3¼ cups)
- ¾ tbsp active dried yeast
- ½ tbsp sugar
- ¾ tbsp salt
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 300mls lukewarm water (1.3 cups)
- In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, herbs and chilli flakes.
- Make a well in the centre of the mix and add in oil and water.
- Use a wooden spoon to mix dough until all ingredients are combined.
- Finish mixing the dough by hand adding in a few spoonfuls of water if the mixture is too dry and crumbly.
- Turn the dough onto floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough into a large floured bowl, sprinkle the top with flour and cover with a damp cloth.
- Leave the dough to rise till it has doubled in size which takes about 1hr in a warm place.
- Then turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and remove the air from the dough by kneading it for a few seconds.
- Split the dough into four portions, form into balls and roll out into pizza shape.