Recently, I watched the first episode of ‘Ugly Delicious’ on Netflix. The opening show is an hour long homage to pizza; its history and its evolution. My mouth was watering from start to finish, from sushi pizza in Tokyo to the traditional pizzerias in Naples. I felt inspired (and hungry) so I decided I wanted to give homemade pizza a go myself.
Even though I don’t eat dairy, I wanted to try and make a ‘pie’ that would still be delicious. I am so happy with how it turned out, and have made it 3 or 4 times since. And, although this recipe is dairy free, you can easily change that by swapping my vegan cheese for a classic mozzarella or any other favorite dairy toppings.
What to expect: How do you describe a really good pizza? Honestly, I now prefer to go for this than ordering in.. Try it and see is all I say.
Makes: x2 10 inch thick base pizzas OR x4 10 inch thin base pizzas
450g Strong white flour
1 Tsp Granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
7g Fast acting yeast
300ml Luke warm water
1 Tbsp Olive
Ok, so I haven’t braved a homemade sauce as of yet, but I did experimented with a good few store-bought ones before I found the perfect one.
My favorite is definitely the Tesco Finest sundried tomato garlic and basil sauce.
Toppings (Obviously you can choose your own, but these are my favorites)
Vegan cheese – I love the brand Violife, its 100% vegan and doesn’t coast an arm & a leg
Drizzle of olive oil
- Mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a bowl. Add the oil and water together and pour into bowl. Using clean hands, mix all together.
- Knead on a clean surface that has been covered lightly with flour for 5-10 minutes, until dough is soft and flexible.
- Place dough in bowl and cover with a cloth. Leave until doubled in size. This usually takes about 45 minutes if left in a warm place.
- When ready, divide dough in two and roll out on a flour dusted surface.
- Add sauce and toppings to own taste.
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Bake in oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes
Tip: Rotate in oven every 5 minutes to avoid one side over cooking
Anything I would change next time: I am definitely going to work on making the sauce from scratch.
If you give this a go I would love to hear how it went or if you did anything differentm, so please feel free to get in touch.
Written with love,