Home-made Pizzas Four Ways 

Pizzas are an all-time favourite, whether you’re 5 or 55. They’re perfect for entertaining and are a surefire way to bring people together, as everyone can get involved in making their own and customise them to suit their personal tastes. We’ve provided you with 4 of our favourite toppings!

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Prepare the pizza dough the morning of cooking or at least a few hours before. 


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups + 1 Tbsp lukewarm water 
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast 
  • 4 ¼ cups high-grade flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp salt 


Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine the lukewarm water and yeast, whisk thoroughly.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form. Then, continue mixing by hand until the dough comes together into a ball.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes until it becomes firm and stretchy.
  5. Place the kneaded dough back into the bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Let it rise in a warm place for approximately 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, divide it into 3 or 4 equal pieces, then place each piece of dough onto a large tray, cover them with a tea towel, and leave them to rise again in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they double in size.
  7. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees fan bake or if your oven has a fan bake with a horizontal line under we recommend using this setting as it also heats the bottom element of the oven allowing the base to get nice and crispy.
  8. When the dough is fully risen, place one ball onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Use your fingertips to press the dough into a small, flat disc, then use a rolling pin (or even a wine bottle) to roll out the dough nice and thin. Now, your pizza dough is ready to be topped!

 

Prepare the homemade pizza sauce (store in an airtight container in the fridge). 


Ingredients

  • 400g crushed tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed) 
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • Pinch of chilli flakes 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 


Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and let simmer away for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has reduced nicely.
  2. Allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container in the fridge. 

 

  • The pizza dough takes a few hours to make so we recommend making it the morning of cooking. 
  • We prefer grating our own cheese as pre-grated varieties unfortunately contain additives to prevent clumping and maintain freshness. To learn more about grated cheese and alternatives, check out this blog. 
  • The home-made pizza sauce freezes really well so if you’ve got some leftover you can freeze it or make a double batch to keep in the freezer for your next pizza night.

 

Shortcuts

  • Short on time? Opt for store-bought pre-made pizza dough or bases. Our favourite is the pre-made pizza dough from Farro. Additionally, you can also use pre-made pizza sauce.
  • We’ve provided you with 4 different topping options, but feel free to top these bases with whatever you like. We love setting up a BYO (build your own) station and letting people create their own masterpieces!
Ingredients

Pizza dough 

  • 1 ½ cups + 1 Tbsp lukewarm water 
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast 
  • 4 ¼ cups high-grade flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp salt 

 

Home-made pizza sauce 

  • 400g crushed tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed) 
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • Pinch of chilli flakes 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 

 

PIZZA TOPPING OPTIONS 
*topping quantities are recommended for 1 pizza

 

Pork, fennel and mozzarella pizza

  • 2 good quality pork sausages (removed from casing and broken into small pieces) 
  • 1 small fennel bulb (finely sliced)
  • 1 small brown onion (finely sliced)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Fennel fronds

 

Spicy salami, olives and mozzarella

  • Homemade pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni salami 
  • Kalamata olives (pitted)
  • Parmesan
  • Mozzarella
  • Fresh basil 

 

Pesto, shaved zucchini and ricotta

  • 3 Tbsp basil pesto 
  • 1 small zucchini (shaved) 
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Ricotta 
  • ½ lemon (zest)
  • 1 Tbsp toasted pine nuts

 

Ham and pineapple

  • Homemade pizza sauce
  • Leftover Christmas ham (diced)
  • Pineapple, fresh or tinned in juices (diced) 
  • Parmesan
  • Mozzarella
Method

Pizza dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine the lukewarm water and yeast, whisk thoroughly.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form. Then, continue mixing by hand until the dough comes together into a ball.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes until it becomes firm and stretchy.
  5. Place the kneaded dough back into the bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Let it rise in a warm place for approximately 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, divide it into 3 or 4 equal pieces, then place each piece of dough onto a large tray, cover them with a tea towel, and leave them to rise again in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they double in size.
  7. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees fan bake or if your oven has a fan bake with a horizontal line under we recommend using this setting as it also heats the bottom element of the oven allowing the base to get nice and crispy.
  8. When the dough is fully risen, place one ball onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Use your fingertips to press the dough into a small, flat disc, then use a rolling pin (or even a wine bottle) to roll out the dough nice and thin. Now, your pizza dough is ready to be topped!

 

Home-made pizza sauce

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and let simmer away for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has reduced nicely.
  2. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before adding to your pizza bases. 

 

Pork, fennel and mozzarella pizza

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat, add the sausage meat and cook for a few minutes until starting to brown.
  2. Add the fennel and onion and season with salt and pepper, cook for another 5-7 minutes until the onions and fennel have softened and start to caramelise; set aside and allow to cool.
  3. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the base of the pizza then add the sausage, vegetable mix, sprinkle over some parmesan cheese and pop in the oven to cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven).
  4. Remove the pizza from the oven and add the mozzarella cheese. Pop back in the oven for another 1-2 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. Scatter over the fennel fronds and enjoy!  

 

Pesto, shaved zucchini and ricotta

  1. Add some pesto to the pizza base and then scatter over the shaved zucchini and parmesan cheese; cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven).
  2. Remove the pizza from the oven and dollop over the ricotta cheese and top with some lemon zest and toasted pine nuts. 

 

Spicy salami, olives and mozzarella

  1. Add a few spoonfuls of the home-made pizza sauce to the pizza base then add some salami, olives and parmesan cheese. Pop in the oven to cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven).
  2. Remove the pizza from the oven and add the mozzarella cheese. Pop back in the oven for another 1-2 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. Scatter over the fresh basil leaves and enjoy! 

 

Ham and pineapple

  1. Add a few spoonfuls of the home-made pizza sauce to the pizza base then add some diced ham, pineapple and parmesan cheese. Pop in the oven to cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven).
  2. Remove the pizza from the oven and add the mozzarella cheese. Pop back in the oven for another 1-2 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. 
Variations
  • We’ve provided you with 4 different topping options, but feel free to top these bases with whatever you like. We love setting up a BYO (build your own) station and letting people create their own masterpieces!

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