but she loves everything else…

Pizza Perfection.. and it was a doddle..!

Normally the Kiwi and I are really organised for tea time.  I guess this comes from the fact that we are inevitably always ravenous when we get home from the daily grind and knowing what kitchen goodies lie ahead helps bridge the gap between lunch and tea time.

Tonight however was not the norm, getting home and realising there was nothing exciting to whip up into a culinary masterpiece sent me swifty into a Ready, Steady, Cook esque state.  A la Ainsley I then raided the fridge and pondered over the store cupboard, a couple of peppers, some mushrooms, pesto, tomato paste, flour, yeast.. oh yes sireee, homemade pizza perfection.. just call me Mario and shout bellissima!

So friends, this is a speedy, easy and absolutely delicious week night supper that can help use up all of those bits and pieces kicking about your fridge.  Anything goes, veggie feast, meat lovers delight, you choose… that’s the beauty, just knead, prove, decorate and bake.. everybody lovesa tha pizza.. (in an italian accent if you can muster one!)

Could serve 4 but the Kiwi and I scoffed the lot…!

For the dough

260g strong white flour

3/4 teaspoon yeast (the dry one that you can add straight to the flour)

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

140ml water

olive oil

To make the dough put all the dry ingredients into a big bowl.  Make a well in the centre and gradually add the water to bind the dough.  As the dough is coming together add in two tablespoons of oil and gradually the rest of the water.  Once you have a nice squidgy ball of dough knead it for 5 minutes on a floured surface until its lovely and smooth.  Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a tea towel and leave it somewhere cosy for an hour.

After an hour the dough should have risen and is ready to shape.  We have a round pizza stone but you can use a baking tray, just shape the dough to whatever size you have.  2mm thickness is good to ensure crispy perfection.

Now the creative bit.. making your own perfect Pizza..

Our masterpiece tonight included a base of tomato paste and pesto topped with red onion, ham, mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, cheddar and mozzarella. This is where you choose, anything you like, chop and drop.. make this your idea of heaven on a plate!

Next put the Pizza into a hot oven, ours was at 200C for 15-20 mins until golden, oozy and smells wonderful.

Pull out and eat when its piping, dipped delicately in a good dollop of Helmans…divine, my Pizza Perfection.