When I’m not busy baking up blondies, brownies and subscription boxes – I love to get in the kitchen and cook. Pizza is one of my absolutely favourite foods, and this quick and easy pizza recipe is one of my go-tos for a real comforting dinner.
Now, if you’re after an authentic italian pizza recipe, this probably isn’t the recipe for you. But if you’re looking for a super quick, easy and (almost) fail-safe pizza recipe – this is it. Tried and tested many a time, I’ve come up with a dough that takes just a few minutes, and a pizza recipe which can be on your plate in less than an hour.
All you’ll need is a mixing bowl, a few ingredients, your favourite toppings and a willingness to get your hands a little bit messy!
Recipe makes 1 large pizza (you can scale up or down depending on how many you want to feed, this recipe feeds the two of us, with a side)
For the pizza dough
- 180g Strong White Flour (if you don’t have this to hand, you can use ordinary plain flour – but not self-raising)
- 120ml Warm water
- 1 7g packet instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 20ml Olive Oil
For the tomato sauce
- 50g Tomato Puree
- 50ml Cold Water
- 1tsp sugar
- A pinch of dried oregano (optional)
- A pinch of dried basil (optional)
For the toppings
- 80g Cheese (Cheddar works for a comforting pizza, you can use mozzarella or a mix of the two – whatever you have to hand, so long as it’s a melty cheese!)
- Toppings of your choice
Making the dough
If you have a mixer, you can do these steps, using the dough hook. Place them all together in the same order and mix for 5-10 minutes). If not, then roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
- Turn your oven to 200c fan/220c conventional/Gas mark 7
- Place a large, flat baking tray onto the oven shelf
- Measure your flour into a mixing bowl. Put the teaspoon of salt on one side, the sugar on the opposite side and the yeast another side.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the Olive oil.
- Pour in the warm water and begin mixing in the flour and bringing the mixture together. It should be fairly sticky, but if it seems too wet you can add a little more flour.
- Knead the dough for around 5 minutes, until it comes together into a ball and springs back when you touch it.
- Leave to rest in the bowl whilst you prep the ingredients
To make the tomato sauce
- In a small bowl, mix together the tomato puree, water and herbs. Stir until combined.
Assembling the pizza
- Lightly grease a fresh baking tray with oil or dust with flour.
- Sprinkle the dough with a small handful of flour, and remove from the bowl and onto the baking tray.
- Begin to spread the dough out, by stretching it on the baking tray. It can take a few minutes until it’s all spread out to the size that you’d like. If you like a thicker crust, you can make a smaller pizza – for a thinner, crispier one; keep spreading until it’s nice and thin.
- Spoon the tomato sauce onto the pizza dough and spread to the edges.
- Add your cheese to the top.
- Then finish with your toppings
- Pop the tray with the pizza onto the pre-heated baking tray which is already in the oven. This will help to keep the pizza base crisp. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the dough is crisp and the cheese is melted.
- Remove, serve and enjoy!