Home-made pizza can be a very healthy meal! Traditional thin-crust and vegetable toppings are rich in fibre, a healthy amount of carbohydrates and vitamins depending on what vegetables you prefer. Even some meats such as chicken or ham are great, protein-rich pizza toppings. Impress your mates or treat your partner to a cheap yet lovingly hand-crafted meal. Feel free to top it with whatever your heart (or stomach) most desires.
For 2 pizzas you will need:
– 500g Italian white flour (type 00)
– 25g fresh or 4 teaspoons dried yeast
– 250ml lukewarm water
– Pinch of salt
Sift flour with salt on a work surface and make a well in the centre. Mash the fresh yeast into the water with a fork until smooth (if using dry yeast add to the water and set aside for 10 min, until little bubbles form on the surface). Pour it into the well little by little, incorporating the flour. Knead well until smooth and elastic. (You may need to add some water if your mixture is too dry, or some flour if too wet). Shape the dough into a ball and put in a bowl. Cover with a blanket and let it rise for three hours (it should be at least double the initial size). Preheat the oven to 220oC and brush a baking sheet with oil. Divide the dough in two, flatten it with your hand and roll out on a lightly floured surface to form a 1cm thick round. Put on baking sheet and make a rim around the edge. You can now add any toppings you like! A few suggestions: tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and diced chicken. Or for the brave: potato shreds, chicken and rosemary.