There are many options now for making pizza at home with lots of different shortcuts to help you out.
Tesco sell a Pizza Base Mix pack which you just add water to to make the dough, and you can buy many different brands of pizza base ready made also. Many are dairy free (always check!) and the Kelkin ones are dairy and gluten free.
You can use passata or sundried tomato paste or red pesto for the base and then whatever toppings you like.
If you want to do everything from scratch, here’s an easy recipe:
For the base you will need:
375g strong flour
7g sachet fast action yeast
1 tsp olive oil
250ml warm water
Sift flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the yeast, olive oil and water.
Using the dough hook on mixer, mix the dough on low setting for 10 minutes. If you don’t have a mixer then set a timer for 10 minutes and knead the dough on a floured board.
Cover bowl with cling film and leave to rest for an hour.
400g passata or 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
8 basil leaves
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
Crush garlic and dice onion. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and fry off the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and shredded basil and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend sauce to make it smooth.
We used pineapple, peppers and sundried tomatoes. You can use peppers, mushrooms, red onion, rocket, salami, pepperoni etc. If using processed meats ensure there is no milk products in ingredients. If you wish you can top with meltable vegan cheese such as Violife pizza cheese.
Preheat oven to 190 Fan/200C/ Gas 7 and preheat two baking trays.
Knead the pizza dough on a floured board and divide in two.
Roll and stretch the pizza to the size of the baking tray, place on tray.
Smear tomato sauce oveer the top and add on your toppings.
Top with vegan cheese if using.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
Serve with a salad to make a tasty lunch or dinner.
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