Wednesday, 18 April 2012

easy pizza dough

I thought I had posted about this... but came across some photos. We had friends visiting and we made our favourite pizza dough.

As you can see, the boys overloaded on the toppings. And not all was eaten. But I thought they were delicious.

Here is the Stephanie Alexander recipe we use, and I have my mother-in-laws old Kenwood so the dough is kneaded in that. (Rather noisily, it must be said)!

1 tablespoon instant dried yeast

1 teaspoon salt

400g plain flour

olive oil

1 cup lukewarm water

Mix the yeast and salt together. Mix 1 tablespoon olive oil with the water and beat into dry ingredients with a dough hook. Knead until mixture is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (this can be done by hand but will need 8-10 mins) Grease bowl with 1 tablespoon oil. Transfer dough to bowl and then cover with plastic film or a tea towel and allow to rise in a draught free place until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hrs). Knock back dough , then fold gently into 4 and allow to rise again, covered for 35 -40mins.

Press out two pizzas from the dough with your fingers. Add toppings, bake for 15 mins in pre-heated 220 oven.

I'm afraid the boys beat the living daylights out of their pizza dough and it went a bit tough! But they had fun...

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