Quick & Easy Pizza Recipe

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!

  1. Turn your oven to 200c fan/220c conventional/Gas mark 7
  2. Place a large, flat baking tray onto the oven shelf
  3. 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. 
  4. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the Olive oil.
  5. 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. 
  6. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes, until it comes together into a ball and springs back when you touch it.
  7. Leave to rest in the bowl whilst you prep the ingredients

To make the tomato sauce

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the tomato puree, water and herbs. Stir until combined.

Assembling the pizza

  1. Lightly grease a fresh baking tray with oil or dust with flour.
  2. Sprinkle the dough with a small handful of flour, and remove from the bowl and onto the baking tray.
  3. 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.
  4. Spoon the tomato sauce onto the pizza dough and spread to the edges.
  5. Add your cheese to the top.
  6. Then finish with your toppings
  7. 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.
  8. Remove, serve and enjoy!

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