I was looking through my cupboards this weekend, trying to decide what to make for dinner when I saw a packet of pizza base mix I had bought on a whim months ago. I knew that I had enough ingredients lying around to make a lovely artisan-style pizza so got busy kneading!
First of all I made the tomato sauce for the base and reduced it down until it was pizza-topping consistency.
You will notice that I haven’t yet replaced our old round baking tray so our pizza turned from a circular one to rectangular…it still tasted delicious!
We went for a simple topping of fresh mozzarella cheese, parma ham and artichokes, seasoned well, sprinkled with basil and served with salad.
For the tomato base:
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
A few fresh basil leaves, torn
A tin of chopped tomatoes
A pinch of dried oregano
A pinch of sugar
How to make it
- Begin by heating the oil in a large frying pan (I prefer this to a saucepan because the larger pan allows the sauce to reduce quicker…I was in a bit of a rush!)
- Lightly fry the garlic until it starts to brown
- Pour over the chopped tomatoes and add the basil leaves
- Allow the sauce to reduce, stirring occasionally
- Keep tasting and add salt, pepper, oregano and sugar to taste (the sugar takes away any acidity from the tomatoes)
- When you are happy with the consistency of the reduction, put to one side and allow to cool before topping your pizza
With this sauce made and cooling, I followed the instructions on the pizza dough packet and started kneading.
When it felt like the dough was at the correct consistency, I rolled it out to fit my pan and allowed it to prove for 10 minutes or so.
I then topped it with the tomato sauce…
The Parma ham…
The artichokes (Ian’s favourite!)…
A bit of seasoning…
Then it was into the oven until golden brown