When the majority of people think of making pizza at home it usually involves buying a pre-made base.
Until recently, I used to think the same.
Purchasing a pre-made pizza base costs money, comes on a cardboard base and is wrapped in plastic.
And we all know how terrible plastic is for the environment.
For a fraction of the price of a purchased pizza base and without contributing to landfill, you could easily make a traditional pizza base at home.
It’s frugal and better for the planet too.
How To Make A Pizza Base
This recipe is to use in a bread making machine where the machine mixes the dough, kneads it and allows it to rise in a warm place.
It’s super easy to make as all it requires is to put the ingredients into the bread machine, press a few buttons and wait a little over an hour for the perfect pizza dough.
You could also use this recipe without a bread making machine.
You will need to mix the ingredients in a bowl, hand knead the dough for 10 minutes and then put it in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm area to rise for at least 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
- Water, 180ml
- Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- Sugar, 1 teaspoon
- Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
- Plain Flour, 300gm
- Dry yeast, 2 teaspoons
Makes two large pizzas.
(I make all my bread based based recipes with wholemeal flour, rather than white flour. If you are interested in changing to wholemeal flour you will need to add slightly more water to the recipe.)
Using a bread making machine, first pour in warm water and the oil.
Then add flour, sugar, salt and dry yeast.
Select the dough setting on your machine and press start. It’s that easy.
After The Dough Is Ready
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
- Divide the dough into two portions
- Lightly oil the pizza trays (or a baking tray if that’s all you have)
- Place one of the balls of dough on the middle of the pizza tray
- Pressing down on the middle of the dough, use your other hand to push the dough to the edges of the tray. Don’t pull the dough.
- Repeat for the other tray
- Arrange your base layer, then toppings
- Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C, or until the cheese is golden
This is completely up to your preferences and imagination.
The base layer is usually a thin spread of tomato paste. Other options are pesto, or ricotta, or chilli jam – the choices are endless.
I use whatever is left in fridge. My latest creation was a couple of rashers of bacon cut up small, 1/8 red capsicum and a couple of tablespoons of chopped kale. This was all sprinkled with cheddar cheese.
You will find many great ideas for toppings on the internet. Check out this link to taste.com.au
Another place to look for inspiration is actual pizza menus from your favourite pizza shops!
Looking for other ways to spend less money buying food? Have a read of 10 Ways To Reduce Your Weekly Grocery Spending.