I think of dieting, then I eat pizza.

Wednesday. The hump of the week. Over halfway to the weekend. A perfect evening for a spot of pizza. Of the homemade variety.

imageIt has become somewhat of a tradition that when Holly comes round for a catch up we also rustle up some pizza too. There’s very little more satisfying on a cold evening than a crispy base, garlicky tomato sauce and lashings of choice toppings.

Tonight I had a classic combination of spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onion and mozzarella on my quick-to-make base. It was simply sublime and went down an absolute treat whilst watching Gogglebox. Watching people watch television; it is such a simple programme. But it had Holly and I laughing outlandishly at regularly, yet also brought me to tears when replaying a video from Sport Relief where an elderly man relived his life with his wife and her demise under the influence of Alzheimer’s.

Quick & easy pizza recipe (2 pizzas)
For the dough:
300g strong bread flour + more for kneading
7g dry instant yeast (1 of the packets found in supermarkets)
200ml tepid water
1tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

For the sauce:
500g passata
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp olive oil
12 basil leaves or a tsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
2. Make a well in the middle. Add the oil and water. Using a spoon mix in the bowl to bring the ingredients together. The dough will be a little sticky/wet.
3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5-7 minutes until the texture of the dough is smooth.
4. Leave the dough on the work board and put the bowl over the dough to prove. This dough does not really need to prove as it will create a thin base immediately, but I like to let it prove for 30 minutes to add some depth to the base.
5. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Dust two baking trays with flour.
6. Chop the garlic cloves and add with the oil to a saucepan. Lightly fry over a low heat for a few minutes.
7. Add the passata and stir. Chop the basil and add to the sauce. Stir over a low heat for 5 minutes and then leave to cool slightly.
8.  Remove the bowl from over the dough and split the dough into 2 pieces. Use your hands to form the dough into pizza shapes. Spread out on the worktop or on the baking tray if required.
9. Put the base on the baking tray and add a thin layer of the passata sauce. Put your selected toppings on.
10. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Let me know if you try it, or if you have another pizza recipe. I’m keen to try a cauliflower pizza base soon so would love a recipe recommendation!

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