Here is a recipe I wanted to share as I feel it is a great one to cook when guests come over. Plus, who can beat the taste of a fresh home-made pizza?
What I love about this recipe, is that you can prepare it in stages and even allow guests to participate in the making of it (if you like).
Here's what you'll need:
2 c flour
2t. dried yeast
2t. baking powder
1/2 t. bicarb soda
1/2 c warm milk
1.2 c plain yoghurt
2t. olive oil
2t. lemon juice
500g tinned tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t. salt
1T tomato chutney
1 sprig of rosemary leaves chopped
Here is where you get to be creative and add your favourite pizza toppings. For the pizza I made for this occasion I used sausages and fresh produce I bought at the market that morning.
To make the dough, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder and bicarb soda in a large bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, yoghurt, egg, olive oil and lemon juice then pour into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, make tomato sauce by placing all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 mins or until thick puree forms.
Heat the overn to 200 degrees celcius. Lightly oil a large pizza tray.
Turn the dough onto a surface lightly floured and knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Press onto prepared pizza tray then cover with toppings: first the tomato sauce, then your desired other ingredients.
Leave the pizza to stand for 5 mins then bake in the oven for 15 mins or until all the toppings are cooked through.
*Note I like to bake the dough before I put the toppings on to cook. I bake it for around 15-20 mins, or until it is golden brown in colour.