I honestly think learning to make pizza dough was the best thing I could ever do! I love pizza and having the freedom to make you own exactly how you want it and knowing exactly what went into every part of it is the best way forward.
I have quite a few pizza recipes shared on Veghotpot but I decided to share just the recipe for the dough this time because one of the beauties of pizza is being able to create your own topping combination. I have tried putting pretty much everything on a pizza base – standards like roasted veg or pesto and non standards like beetroot and even potato.
My favourite pizza for when I’m feeling a bit lazy and in need of comfort is a wilted spinach base with an egg cracked in the middle topped with some chilli oil once baked (No Cheese). It’s a weird one but it just works for me every time!
I’ve had a few friends and family say that they are put off making pizza from scratch because the idea of making dough is quite daunting. So I have done a step by step guide to show you how easy it can be. This is my fail safe basic pizza dough recipe. It is not gourmet or artisan but trust me it is easy, delicious and worth it!
For two pizza bases (You can freeze one for a fuss free home made pizza at a later date)
210g Strong White Bread Flour
1 1/2 tspn Dried Yeast
1 tblspn Olive Oil
110ml Luke Warm Water
Then it is time to add your toppings! Make sure you place the rolled out base on to a baking tray before you add your toppings because (trust me from experience) it is really hard to move a pizza once it is heavy with toppings!
The dough will be fine to freeze at this final stage too, just keep it in a ball shape and place in an air tight freezer bag. It should be good for up to a month (If you can really wait that long!)
You will see in some of my other posts about pizza I have experimented with different dough techniques such as using half bread flour and half whole grain flour in this apple, spinach and asparagus pizza, swapping oil for apple sauce in this Jamaican inspired Sunshine Pizza and even adding some spinach powder to enhance this Broccoli and Courgette pizza.
What is your favourite pizza topping?