I have an awesome pizza base recipe. I love it almost more than life itself. And because I love you guys almost as much, here it is:
4 c of flour
1 little packet of yeast (I’ve decided the single packets of yeast are my new best friend. But then I’m no yeast guru. I think they are about 7g?)
1 t salt
1 t sugar
1T olive oil
1 and 1/4 c of warm water
If you are doing this by hand, then chuck all dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix around to your heart’s content. Then make a little well for the oil and water to go in. Errr… then put the oil and water in. Then mix until everything is all happily united as a soft dough. Turn out onto a pile of flour and knead for 10 minutes (or until you get bored. Well… except if you get bored after 30 seconds. That’s probably not long enough). You’ll know when the dough is ready because it’ll be all smooth and stretchy and stuff. Now put the dough in a greased bowl and leave in the hot water cupboard, in the sun, or cuddle it in bed, for 40 minutes or until it grows reeeeeeal big [Doubles]. Your work continues after this next paragraph.
If you decided that you’d rather poke your eyeballs out than knead dough for 10 minutes, and also happen to be in possession of a breadmaker that has a dough setting (or you are able to maintain concentration long enough to remember to stop the machine at the right time) then you can just forget all the hard shit and bung the ingredients, in reverse order, into the machine and press ‘go’! Easy. My machine is a bit weird so I usually go and make sure all the flour is being kneaded in after a while.
After that, or when the machine is finished, punch the crap out of it for a bit. Han looooves helping me with that bit. And knead for another minute. Just long enough to get bored for real this time. Then you can make your pizzas. Usually does two.
Top with all your favourite foods. Well, the ones that taste good together anyway.
Happy pizza-ing people!