Pizza – Dough, Sauce and Toppings

Pizza is not something I make very often but on occasion the craving will kick in and being the obedient person that I am, I satisfy it.  Below is the recipe I use every time I make pizza, even the toppings – quite boring I guess but delicious all the same.  Here is a reminder for you.  Think I will branch out next time and add sliced avocado when it comes out of the oven.

Pizza Dough, Sauce and Toppings

Ingredients

Dough

10g sachet instant yeast
10ml brown sugar
1ml salt
125ml luke warm water
160-210g all purpose flour *

Tomato Sauce

30ml tomato paste
10ml olive oil
1.2ml dried oregano
1.2 dried sweet basil
2.5ml sugar

Toppings

1½ cups white cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese grated
1 garlic cloves crushed
4 big white button mushrooms thinly sliced
4 rashers bacon diced
Dried oregano

Method

  1. Mix the yeast, sugar, salt and water in a bowl.
  2. Add half of the flour so that when you stir it in, the dough comes together.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, gradually adding more flour until the dough feels smooth and elastic.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball and lightly oil the surface, place in a bowl and cover with cling film and place it in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  6. Lightly punch down the dough and roll it out as thinly as desired directly onto a piece of tin foil which has been sprayed with non stick spray and transfer to a baking tray.
  7. Spread the tomato sauce over the base followed by the cheese, garlic, mushrooms and bacon.
  8. Sprinkle over the oregano and bake for 10 -12 minutes.

* I weighed out 210g flour and used from it to flour the counter.

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60 thoughts on “Pizza – Dough, Sauce and Toppings

  1. I also do this recipe (basically) – got it from an Italian friend – it’s lovely – the rolling out on tinfoil is a very handy tip!

  2. This looks soo good, Mandy. I much prefer making my own pizza over buying one. A good crust and a few select ingredients, like you have here, make for a delicious meal. Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend!

  3. Mandy, is there a reason why you don’t use strong (bread) flour for the base? With 10g of yeast, I’d think that it would have more oven spring and rise higher than the photo indicates. I’m a bit of a novice at making pizza, so any advice is welcome. 🙂

  4. Home made pizza is just about the best of all. We often make them on the weekend. I love fiddling about with gourmet toppings – so much cheaper than buying them, and soooo much better, too!

  5. I love that you put a bit of brown sugar in your lovely crust. I disagree with your statement and I think your pizza is anything but boring, I don’t care how many times you make it the same way with this great recipe for dough, sauce and toppings. If it ain’t broke….as they say! Happy Easter!

  6. Okay, question. If you don’t make pizza very often, do you purchase it elsewhere? I only ask because I couldn’t imagine not having pizza on a weekly basis. 😉 This looks fantastic!!! Love the dough.

    • Hi Kristy, nope, we don’t buy pizza – we don’t live anywhere near any takeaway eateries -the closest is a good 20 minute drive away, so that rules that out, besides Pete says he always prefers my homemade meals – what a good husband I have. 😀 Have a super day. 🙂

  7. I see you also like thin based pizza, I also make my own. My latest favourite topping is blue cheese and caramelised onions. Out of curiosity what lens are you using for these shots?

    • Hi Sue, my Pete would LOVE the idea of blue cheese – me, sadly I cannot stomach the stuff – sorry, although the caramelised onions have my taste buds very excited!
      I use a canon 18-55mm lens. This real camera bit is still quite new to me! I was asking Pete about a macro lens as most of my shots are close up and he said that the can cost anywhere between R5 000 and and R10 000 – eina! Guess I will stick to my standard lens! Have an awesome day. 🙂

      • My 18-55mm lens broke recently and I had to send it back to the UK for repair (as I bought it there last year) a friend is bringing it back for me this month. I had to make a plan in order to keep blogging so I bought a Canon 50mm 1.18 (R1300) Which allows me to get in fairly close and gives you that background blurred effect. I really need to go on a course as it’s very hit or miss with me!

        • Pete said to me that he will look at the airport to see if there are specials when he next flies out for another overseas trip – YIPPEE, he is off to Mauritius at the end of next week, so you never know…I might just be getting macro lens sooner than I hoped – cross fingers. I would give my eye teeth to go on a course last week! I believe even just a one day course opens up a whole new world with photography! Enjoy the weekend. :-). PS. Did you find a mini spatula?

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