Fun Cooking – Homemade Pizza (from Amanda)

Pizza Ingredients

For the dough
½ tbsp dried yeast
pinch salt
pinch caster sugar
200g/7oz wholemeal flour
drizzle olive oil, plus extra for greasing
150ml/5fl oz lukewarm water

For the tomato sauce
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the pizza dough, place the yeast, salt, sugar and flour in a large bowl and mix together well.
  2. Mix the olive oil with the water in a jug, then gradually add to the dry ingredients, beating and mixing all the time to create a thick dough.
  3. Knead it with floured hands, until the mixture is smooth and elastic. This will take about ten minutes.
  4. Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a tea towel and place somewhere warm (not hot) for about 30 minutes.
  5. Knock back the risen dough, by gently punching it back into the bowl, and leave to prove for another 30 minutes.
  6. For the tomato sauce, place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  7. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  8. Roll out the pizza dough onto a clean, floured surface to about ½cm/¼in thick.
  9. Add the tomato sauce and spread out thinly and evenly across the dough.
  10. Add your topping then place into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.

Suggestions for pizza toppings

Spinach and Cheese

  • 50g/2oz spinach, steamed
  • pinch fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 25g/1oz low-fat mozzarella cheese, broken up
  • sprinkle grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 free-range egg, broken into the centre of the pizza

Mushroom and pepper

  • 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ green pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 25g/1oz low-fat mozzarella cheese, broken up.

Ham and Cheese

  • 4 slices parma ham
  • 25g/1oz low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 50g/2oz sun-dried tomatoes
  • small handful fresh basil leaves
  • Olives
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