It’s so simple; it’s almost child’s play
Homemade Pizza is quick and easy to make, and everyone Pizza don’t they.
I use this recipe often as it makes a great snack or a simple meal, which can be frozen and reheated anytime.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 35-40°C)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling dough
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus some additional for coating the bowl/greasing the trays
In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir to dissolve the yeast and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
Using a sieve or strainer, “sift” about half of the flour over the yeast mixture and blend until smooth with your hands.
Kids just love this part, give them a little to play with as the dough can easily spoil and not raise correctly if played with too much.
Sift in the remaining flour and mix to blend.
Lightly flour your work bench and turn the dough onto the floured area and knead for 3 to 5 minutes.
The dough should feel smooth when all the ingredients fully blended. Place the dough into a large lightly oiled bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place, 1 1/2 hours is enough. If done correctly it should increase double its original size.
Now the dough has risen turn it gently onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into three or four parts and roll each into a ball.
Cover with a clean tea towel and let it rest for further 10 minutes. Get one of the dough balls and flatten it into a 20-25cm disc shape. Depending on how many Pizza’s you want; do the same with the other dough balls.
If you don’t want to make them all, you can freeze the rest of the dough for a later date, ready to use once thawed.
You can make the sauce yourself or buy ready-made off the shelf from your super market
1 Can Tomatoes, Chopped
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Mixed Herbs
1 Tsp Chilli Flakes
1 Clove Crushed Garlic
1/2 Onion finely chopped
1 Tsp Olive oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until a smooth paste
Make your Pizza
Place each Pizza Disc on a lightly greased baking tray or Pizza Pan and top with Pizza Sauce and your favourite toppings.
Spread the sauce over you Pizza Bread and top with your favourite topping, and sprinkle with freshly grated cheese.
I like a mix of Mozzarella and a tasty Cheddar; on my base, then top with slices of Salami, Prawns, thinly sliced Chicken, Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Capers and a few salty Anchovies to spice it up. Then on top again with a light sprinkle of Cheese. I always add a sprinkle of freshly Ground Black Pepper and Sea Salt last, it gives that extra enhancement to all the flavours.
Everyone has their favourite; I lay out all the toppings and the family makes their own. They all love this part, and it is a great way to bring the family into your kitchen for a bit of fun.
Brushing the dough with a little olive oil to prevent the topping from making the crust soggy.
Prick the pizza base in the tray with a fork helps make base light and airy.
Bake for 10-15 minutes in a hot oven 200-220°C and enjoy. Any leftovers (if any) will keep for a few days in the fridge or freeze them and reheat at a later date for a quick snack or easy meal.
Best Scones Ever
Today I decided to make Scones, the best scones ever
I am using a recipe from my husband’s Grandmother, and it makes the best scones ever.
The best thing is this is such a simple recipe and uses a key ingredient Lemonade, yes you read right Lemonade. It is; so easy even Kids can make them.
What do you need;
4 Cups of Self Raising Flour
1/4 Cup of White Sugar
350ml lemonade (I use Sprite) or Soda Water, I find the Lemonade gives a slightly sweeter and softer texture
1/2 Tea Spoon Salt
1 Cup Sultanas (or any other dried fruit) or (choc chips)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to a smooth dough, get your hands in or your kids. My youngest 3yo loves scone making getting her little fingers in and covered in flour and sticky dough.
The mixture can be quite sloppy, so now tip it out onto a floured bench. Knead with flour until the dough is firm and malleable, form into a ball and press into a greased baking tray until about 2-21/2 cm thick.
If you have smaller trays like I do (about 20cm in diameter) break your dough ball in half and press into each tray as above.
Using a Plastic Knife cut your scones into your desired size, I like about 5cm x 5cm, don’t worry about cleanly separated cuts, after baking they will break easily at the cut.
Now Bake in a Preheated 220°C Oven for approximately 15-20mins depending on your oven until a light Golden Brown. Check by sticking in a probe, I use a Chopstick, if it inserts easy and comes out dry and clean, then, they are cooked.
Turn them out onto a wire rack to cool, I turn them into a Tea Towel this helps retain the moisture and keeps them soft.
There is a multitude of variations you can do, if you like savory scones use Soda Water instead of Lemonade, add some bacon, onion, and some grated cheese in your mix and bake as above.
Add Chocolate Chips for a bit of that Chocolate indulgence fix.
Fresh warm scones with strawberry jam and freshly whipped cream and a hot, pot of fresh tea……….mmmmmm