Make Your Own Pizzas

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Homemade Pizzas

There is nothing that my kids like doing more in the kitchen than baking cakes, and making their own pizzas. This post will show you how to make your own pizzas at home.

This recipe is for a quick no-wait pizza dough, which does not require time to rest the dough before using it. This means you can be eating your pizza a bit earlier!

Of course, it can never be as good as a real authentic Italian pizza. The main reason being that for a real pizza, the dough would be allowed to rise before using it, and unfortunately, we do not have a real wood-fired oven at home (yet!).

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Spreading passata on pizza base

 

However, do not dismay. We do have a very simple and quick recipe for an easy quick pizza dough below. This gets results that are very close, as long as you have a nice hot oven. 

It is always a success and this pizza dough recipe is also quick and easy to make. Make it with your kids – they will love it. Homemade pizzas are great!

 

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My daughter stacking her pepperoni and ham pizza (with anchovies of course!)

Pizza ingredients

What you put on your pizza is up to you. Some people love a simple pizza margherita, for example: a simple cheese and tomato pizza.

In our house, we all have our own preferences, and the fun is designing your own with your favourite ingredients.

The great thing is you can just claim a larger part of the pizza by putting your favourite ingredients on it when you know no-one else likes them 🙂 !

 

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Some ingredients ready to be used: buffalo mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, sausage, ham & cheddar cheese.

 

Here we are not too fussy, although my daughter does not like onions, so we all pretty much eat anything.

So for these pictures, we put out a feast of ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, anchovies, salami, chorizo, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, onions, basil and sausage and guess what? It all went.

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Use whatever ingredients you want!

 

When choosing the passata, or tomato sauce, make sure you have strained tomatoes – ie uncooked tomatoes with no seeds or skins.

This gives the best authentic Italian pizza rossa (red pizza) results.

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You also have pizza bianca (white pizza) which has no tomato sauce and just uses cheese, but we prefer the pizza rossa in our house.

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Make your own pizza

The recipe below should give you 2 x 12 inch pizzas.

And believe me, these will taste much better than anything you buy ready-made in the supermarket.

In fact, when you make them yourselves you can make them exactly as you want so they should be PERFECT!!

 

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Tools to make pizzas

Tips: Use a good non-stick pizza pan if you are cooking in the oven, and pre-flour the pan to stop the dough sticking. These ones are quite good:

Alternatively, get yourself a real Ooni pizza oven. They can be wood, charcoal or gas fired, and will cook your pizza at 500C. If you eat a lot of pizza this will be a worthwhile investment or gift.

They will also cook your perfect pizza in just 60 seconds and are great for having a pizza party! They only take 15 minutes to warm up.

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I hope you enjoy making your own pizzas. If you do, please let us know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make your own pizzas

How to make pizza at home

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This recipe will give you a quick pizza dough for thin and crispy Italian pizzas that you can make yourself at home. You can use any tasty ingredients you like to top your pizza till you have your own perfect pizza recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tbsp (10-12g) quick acting yeast
  • 300ml warm water
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g white bread flour
  • Tomato sauce / passata
  • Mozzarella cheese

Optional -anything else you want to add

  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Egg
  • Peppers
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • and dare I say it: Pineapple? - not in our house!! 😄

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add the salt, sugar and olive oil and mix well.
  3. Then add the liquid mix to the flour in a bowl, bit by bit, and stir it together until you have a dough. Then flour a worktop and knead the dough together for 5 minutes until it is smooth. If it is too sticky then add a bit more flour. 
  4. Then divide dough into 2 balls and roll the balls into circles and place onto oiled pizza trays. If you have any leftover dough it can be rolled into the edges to give a nice crispy crust. 
  5. Make sure the dough is rolled thin enough to give a nice thin and crispy base.
  6. Add the tomato passata on the top, spreading it round the pizza dough with the back of a spoon. Do the same with a splash of olive oil.
  7. Then place the mozzarella cheese in suitable locations on the pizza, place the remaining ingredients to suit, and put in the pre-heated oven (200C) for 14-15 minutes. Check intermittently to make sure it is not burning. 
  8. They should be ready when the ingredients have been cooked, and I like it when the crust is just beginning to burn.

Notes

After removing from the oven cut into slices (make sure everyone gets their own ingredients!) and serve up.

If you have any ingredients that take longer to cook than 15 minutes, you may wish to pre-cook them before adding. Similarly any ingredients that do not need so long to cook, you can add at a later stage of cooking.

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If your kids enjoyed making these, maybe you could try these recipes out with them:

Or if you just want Italian then maybe one of these:

 

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