Friday Night…..Pizza night (as explained here)
A small issue yesterday meant this is a Saturday post about Friday night….
Last night there was great excitement over ‘The Lego Movie’. Already they are quoting lines and saying “remember when…” I think this movie is going to replace ‘Wreck it Ralph’ for the most watched movie in the shortest time award. I had grand plans of folding the washing mountain whilst they watched it….urrrrrrmmm let’s just say the washing mountain looks strangely similar and I remember rather a lot of the movie 😳 Housework 0: Animated Yellow People 1
The boys love pizza night, well we all do. Who doesn’t love pizza? Pizza night used to arrive in a box all cooked and ready to eat and oh some yummy. Then we moved house and the new place wasn’t anywhere near as good. They forgot ingredients, arrived very late with luke warm pizza, forgot our sides….you get the idea. Pizza night stopped being a fun easy evening and turned into…let’s see what is wrong tonight. Not what you want. So about two years ago I started making them myself. Total result! We have moved house again since then, and no one, but no one, delivers down here. We are a delivery no go zone. But no matter….we still have great pizzas on pizza night, and thanks to Pinterest I have a great selection of topping ideas. Check out my latest pizza pins here. Some have been great successes and have been introduced into the pizza night rotation. Some have not worked out as I hoped! I will share the great ones with you, usually on a Friday, because as we know Friday means Pizza.
A great pizza starts with a great dough, thin and crispy but substantial enough to hold the toppings. But this is Friday, it is the end of the week, the boys are tired, I am looking forward to a glass of wine, the last thing I want is to spend hours and excessive effort creating dinner. That is where this recipe comes into it’s own. This dough is really easy to make, very forgiving and freezes well. And it comes together in 10 minutes. That is the time it would take to find the take out menu! 😉
The recipe makes a lot, but then we eat a lot…..That said I always have some left over, I just pop it in a labelled zip lock bag, stick it in the freezer and it is there ready for a garlic bread pizza. It defrost quickly, and works just as well. It might need a light dusting of flour to help you work it. Try not to add too much as the wetter dough gives you a great crispy crust.
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- 600 g plain flour
- 2 tsp dried yeast or 7g yeast sachet
- Pinch sugar
- 1 tsp table salt
- 60 ml olive oil
- 375 ml warm water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Add the oil and water.
Use a fork or knife to combine all the ingredients, then use your hands to bring the dough together, until the sides of the bowl are clean.
Place the dough on a floured board and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
Pour a small amount of olive oil into your bowl and add the dough, turning it to make sure it is coated in oil.
Cover with cling wrap and leave for 20 minutes.
Punch the dough back down and you are ready to roll out the pizza bases.
If you have a stand mixer, follow below using the dough hook.
Place the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix on low to combine.
Pour in the oil and water.
Then mix on low for 10 minutes until you have an elastic dough.
Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, turn the dough to ensure it if covered in oil.
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it to rise for 20 minutes.