500gpacket white bread mixI use Wrights Ciabatta Bread Mix
Or, if you’d rather make the bases from scratch:
500gstrong white bread flour
7gfast action yeast
1x 350g jar PassataI use Cirio Passata Rustica
4chestnut mushroomssliced very thinly
½red peppersliced very thinly
A handful of black olivessliced
200gmozzarella or cheddaror a mixture of both, grated
Preheat your oven to 220C. Grease 4 large or 8 small pizza trays using about a teaspoon of olive oil for each one.
If you are using a packet mix, simply follow the instructions on the packet. If you are making the pizza dough from scratch, mix together the flour, yeast and salt, then add the olive oil and stir. Slowly add the water until the mixture comes together to form a fairly dry dough. (You may not need all the water. Start with 300ml and see how it goes, add it in little bits after that.)
Divide the dough up into 4 equal sized pieces (or 8 if you are making small ones) – I use my scales to make this easier and more accurate.
Roll out each piece to the size of the pizza tray. The small ones should fit a 7 inch cake tin. The large ones will fit a 12 inch pizza tray. Put the rolled out dough in the pizza tins. If you don’t have a pizza tray, use a baking tray of a similar size instead.
Put 2 tablespoons of passata on each of the small pizzas and 4 tablespoons on the large ones. Spread the passata all over the base leaving a thin border all around the pizza. (As you can see from the photos, my children never bother with the border!)
Add your toppings. I would use prosciutto, red pepper, mushrooms, olives, mozzarella and a sprinkling of oregano and a few twists of black pepper.
Put the pizzas in the oven for about 10 minutes, but check after 5 minutes. You may find you need to move the pizzas around so they cook evenly. If you are making a lot of pizzas, or if the pizzas have a lot of toppings on them, they make take a bit more time, so keep your eye on them.
The pizzas are ready when the cheese is bubbling and the base is a light golden brown and crispy, not soggy. (If you discover as you are cutting the pizza that the base is still a bit soggy, just pop it back in the pizza tray and back in the oven for a couple more minutes)
Makes: 4 adult sized pizzas or 8 child sized pizzas Takes: 30 minutes (but probably a bit longer if you let the kids help!)