While we’ve shared before what we believe to be the perfect pizza recipe sometimes we just don’t have the time to cook these gorgeous pizzas. Not long ago we threw a party and I began experimenting with various pizza recipes that would allow me to make tasty pizza in bulk.
While I know this recipe isn’t like a traditional Italian recipe this recipe allows you to make great pizzas with minimal fuss, using baking trays instead of pizza stones allowing you to make up to 4 at a go (depending on the size of your oven!). This isn’t classic thin based pizzas but more of a topped focaccia style pizza. Whatever it is it went down very well at the party…
Pizza Base Ingredients
- 1kg of flour
- 2 sachet of fast action yeast
- 600ml of tepid water
- 3 tspn of sea salt
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- Feta Cheese
- Chopped fresh chives
- Chive flowers
- Fresh red chillie
- Tomatoe puree
- Black pepper
- Olive Oil
To make the Base:
Mix the base ingredients into a large bowl until combined for form a dough. Transfer to a dusted work surface and need the dough for about 10 minutes. If I’m really short of time mix the ingredients using an old bread machine we were given and get that to do the kneading.
Place the bowl into a black bin liner and place in a warm place to prove for 2 hours. Remove the dough and gently knock back then stretch or roll the dough to fit your baking trays. Cover and allow to prove for a further 30 minutes. After tis final prove you should be ready to add you toppings.
While you can use our classic tomato sauce recipe I think using some tomato puree (sparingly) works really well. Simply smear over the purees with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle over the rest of the topping ingredients, keeping back the chive flowers (if you have them) ready to add after cooking.
Bake in a fan oven at about 180 Celsius for 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.