Easy home-made Pizza
Almost nothing beats a hot, cheesy home-made pizza and when you’ve made it yourself, you can control the calories. This recipe makes six individual pizzas that can be cooked from frozen for a quick and convenient meal at short notice. It doesn’t matter if your pizza bases are slightly odd shapes when you roll – in fact I think they look better for it. Prep 20mins plus rising.
- 200ml warm water
- 2tsp fast action dried yeast
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp caster sugar
- 1tsp fine sea salt
- 350g strong white flour, plus extra for rolling
- oil, for spraying or brushing
- ground black pepper
- 300g tomato pizza topping (jar or can)
- 150g closed cup mushrooms, sliced
- 100g thinly sliced smoked ham, torn into strips
- 100g ready grated mozzarella, from a packet
Pour the water into a large mixing bowl and stir in the yeast, oil, sugar and salt. Add the flour and mix with a spoon and then your hands until the ingredients form a dough. Turn out onto a very lightly floured board and knead for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6 balls and roll each one into a circle roughly 23cm in diameter and around 5mm thick. Place each circle on a square of baking parchment as soon as it is rolled.
Spread the pizzas with the tomato topping and top and arrange the ham and mushrooms over it. Sprinkle with the grated mozzarella and leave to rise for 1 – 1 ½ hours until well risen and puffy.
Preheat the oven to 240C/Fan 220C/Gas 9. Spray each of pizza with a little oil, or brush the edges with olive oil, and season all over with ground black pepper. Place the pizza, still on it’s baking parchment, on a baking tray and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the edges of the pizza are golden brown.
Place on a plate and cook the other pizzas in the same way. Garnish with fresh basil and eat with a large salad. Calories per pizza: 310
Open freeze the pizzas on baking trays in the freezer after rising. Once solid, place in large freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month. Take out the amount you need and bake the pizzas from frozen for 12 minutes.
For a veggie friendly pizza, top with sun-blush tomato pieces instead of the ham.