What I'm cooking and eating

Monday, 14 November 2011

Pizza

I don't believe I've ever posted my pizza recipe - it may have been on my web page, come to think of it, but I don't think I've posted it here. Although I do buy pizza sometimes, I really like a home-made one.

250 g bread mix - in an ideal world something like Wright's sundried tomato and parmesan bread mix, although I didn't see that in Waitrose today so have settled for their oat and linseed one, to which I have added a teaspoonful of mixed herbs and a few chopped, sundried tomatoes.

1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
A little olive oil
Sloosh of tomato paste
1 tin chopped tomatoes

Toppings, as liked: sliced red onions, chopped chillis, sweetcorn, sliced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, pepperoni, ham..... and don't forget sliced or grated Mozzarella.

Make the bread up according to the instructions on the packet, and allow to rise (I use a bread maker on the "dough" setting). Meanwhile, start the onion in the microwave, or fry in the olive oil until golden. Add the crushed garlic and tomato paste and stir well, then add the tin of tomatoes. Season to taste - I like my pizzas fairly spicy so added some chilli/garlic salt as well as herbs and pepper. Bring to the boil, and allow to simmer for up to an hour to reduce.

When the dough is well-risen, knead it again, then roll it out to a square or circle or whatever is easiest. Place on a pizza stone or baking tray or one of those things with holes in it. Spread the tomato sauce on the top, then add your choice of toppings. Cook in a fairly hot oven for about 30-40 minutes.