BakingBar’s Simple Pizza Recipe


A few days ago BakingBar went a bit Italian in the kitchen
and made pizza. We received hundreds of requests to post the recipe for the
delicious pizza which we made. So here it is, and it really couldn’t be much
simpler. You’ll never want frozen store bought pizza again once you start
making your own! So here is BakingBar’s Simple Pizza Recipe.
The most hassle of making pizza yourself is making the pizza
dough base, but the secret is it really isn’t that much hassle at all.
The Ingredients:
350ml Luke Warm Water
2.25tsp Active Yeast
0.5tsp Dark Brown Sugar
1tsp Salt
2tbsp Olive Oil
425g NEILL’S® Plain Flour
Suggested Toppings:
Tomato Puree
Cheddar Cheese
Fresh Mozzarella
Roasted Peppers and Onions
Chilli Flakes
Garlic / Onion Powder
The How-To:
In a bowl mix the yeast, sugar and water together. Mix well
with a spoon to ensure the yeast is well mixed in. Allow this to sit for 10
mins for the yeast to activate. You’ll know as it will go creamy.
After the 10 mins stir in the salt and oil.
Mix in three quarters of the flour and mix well until the
mixture comes together in a dough. It will be quite sticky so don’t worry.
Turn it out onto a well-floured surface and knead in the
rest of the flour. The trick is to keep your hands well-floured to stop the
dough sticking to them. Knead the dough for 10 mins.
Well oil a large bowl and place the dough in it. Cover with
a clean cloth and put in a warm draught free area. Leave it for 1 hour.
The dough will approximately double in size.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and punch it down.
Allow to rest for 5 mins before cutting in half. Each half will make one pizza
base. Place one back into the bowl to use later.
Form the dough into a tight round ball.
Flour a piece of baking paper, this is one of the easiest
methods to transfer the base to the pizza pan once its ready to bake.
Place the ball of pizza dough on the floured baking paper, start
flattening it with your hand and pressing it out using your fingers. It really isn’t
necessary to throw the pizza like you see in pizzerias if you can’t. This makes
it ultra-thin. But you can still make a fantastic pizza by just pressing it
down and stretching it out. Top tip here is not to wear any rings or jewellery
as you risk tearing a hole in the dough.
Pampered Chef Pizza Stone
To make a truly fantastic pizza you’ll want to buy a pizza
stone. One we highly recommend is from The Pampered Chef and can be purchased
here from the UK (or here from the US).
The stone makes the base so much more crispy and delicious. If you don’t
have one you can simply use a baking tray but we highly recommend you
eventually investing in a pizza stone, they aren’t expensive and last for
Pre-heat the oven to 220c and if using a pizza stone place
this in the oven now for 10 mins to pre-heat it too.
Now you can start creating the pizza. The traditional pizza
sauce is tomato puree mixed with a teaspoon of herbs and sometimes garlic if
you wish. Spread this on the base leaving about an inch around the edge so a
crust forms. If you prefer a smaller crust then spread the sauce further to the
Start adding whatever toppings you wish on top of the pizza
sauce. We have made some suggestions above. You can completely add whatever you
wish. Experiment, you might find you like something you never thought you would.
Once you have finished decorating the pizza, gently and
slowly slide it from the baking paper onto the pizza stone / baking tray. If using
a pizza stone be careful not to dough the stone as it will be very hot.
Bake in the bottom shelf of the oven for 15-20 mins. Keep an
eye on it so it doesn’t start to burn as all ovens vary slightly.
You’re Done! Enjoy your pizza!


BakingBar was launched in 2010 to provide simple and straightforward baking guides and recipes. BakingBar are currently recipe developers for Neills Flour and MyProtein.

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