Pizza All Tarted Up

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Pizza is one of my major comfort foods; there’s nothing better than steaming cheesy, bread based yumminess. But, why just buy a pizza when you can make it just as easily? Yes, as easily. And then you know exactly what’s gone into it and can make it just the way you like!

You’ll need:

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1g dried, fast action yeast
  • 300ml warm water
  • 7g salt
Let the yeast dissolve in the warm water for a few minutes. 
Put all your ingredients in your handy Kitchen Aid with the dough hook on for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the salt touch the yeast until the mixer is on. Done. Simples. If you’re doing it by hand it’s a little trickier, but still, very simple for a good dough.
Put the flour on a clean surface and make a well. Put the yeast mixture in the middle of the well and fold the flour in. Don’t worry if any escapes, just catch it before it runs away from you! 
Keep going until it’s a nice ball of dough, and then kneed it for about 10 minutes. 
Pop your dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and a damp cloth and leave it somewhere warm. Ideally, you’re meant to do this overnight or for at least 8 hours, but mum and I were  hungry, and we only left it for two. 
It should have at least doubled in size when it’s ready! This dough makes 2 big pizzas or three smaller ones (don’t worry, you won’t go hungry!).
Now for the fun bit! 
Roll the dough out into vague pizza like shapes until they’re nice and thin. 
Dollop a basic tomato sauce all over, leaving space for the crust and get ready to decorate!
Prepare to drool all over your laptop ladies and gents…

We went for mozzarella, smoked anchovies, olives and chorizo, and wow. It’s as tasty as it sounds, and not your everyday basic pizza. We called it our tarted up pizza!
Ideally, use a pizza stone to cook your slice of heaven, but if not, make sure you have a hot baking tray, lined with foil and a little flour ready to go. They take about 20 minutes to cook and then are quite frankly, some of the best pizzas outside of Italy!

Ideal. Go on, have a try! Tag me in your pictures and blog posts when you do, I can’t wait to see them!

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  • Looks so delicious. I've kinda given up carbs, and the one thing I really, really crave is pizza!!
    Rosie xx

  • How long have you given them up for? I always think everything in moderation when it comes to diet! xX

  • I'm on week 3 though not being OTT about it – I had a roast potato at the weekend and some homemade bread. Just sticking to it during the week (apart from meals out!) and I definitely have more energy/have shed the Christmas extra kgs!! xx

  • It's worked that quickly? wow! I know a friend who did this before – just be careful when you go back onto carbs that you don't put all the weight back on!

    You might have noticed from my blog that I'm a bit of a carb addict so majorly impressed you've given up carbs!