This is probably the best pizza I have ever made. There are countless pizza dough recipes available, and you probably already have your favourite. This is mine. It is often on the brekky menu the morning after an evening full of good wine.
After lots and LOTS of experimentation, I have found that using a combination of (organic if possible) Unbleached white plain flour, wholemeal spelt and white rice flour will give you the most delicious base.
Here is how I put it together.
In 1 cup of warm water, add 2 tsps of dry yeast & 1 tsp raw sugar and stir in with a fork. Let it sit in a warm place for 5mins or so, until it foams.
In a large bowl (I use the plastic bowl from my trusty Kenwood mix master) add 1.5 cups unbleached flour and half a cup of wholemeal spelt. Throw in a bit of salt, about a teaspoon. Give it a stir to combine everything.
Make a little well in the dry ingredients and pour in yeast mixture. Stir to combine and then let the mix master do all the kneading if you have one. If not, roll up your sleeves and knead the dough for 10 minutes, adding extra unbleached flour if you need to.
Once the dough is lovely and bouncy when you push you finger into it, wipe out the plastic bowl with a little oil so it doesn’t stick as it rises. Cover with cling wrap or a damp tea towel and leave for at least 1 hour. (I have left it overnight before!)
Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it back on a lightly floured surface. This is when I use the rice flour, it helps to give the base a lovely texture. Separate into 4 equal pieces and roll each out into a round shape, nice and thin. You now have 4 pizza bases! I like to have my oven on to 200 degrees Celsius. (I have to do 2 pizzas at a time because I have a smallish oven) Place the pizza bases in the oven and ‘pre cook’ for about 5 minutes. Take out of the oven and spread with a tomato sauce (oven roasted tomatoes with garlic all crushed up makes a delicious sauce). THe ingredients I use for my brekky pizza is as follows:
(There are no rules for quantity, just as much or a little as you like!)
- Beef sausages
- Oven roasted cherry tomatoes
- Gruyere cheese, grated
- Finely chopped onion
- cracked eggs
- fresh basil
- a good sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper if you love it as much as I do, and a sprinkle of dried chilli.
Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the base starts to brown and the cheese is melted.
This is a wonderful alternative to store bought pizzas, and it is far more delicious!!