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Recipe – Homemade Pizza

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!

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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.

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Ingredients

For the tomato base:

olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

A few fresh basil leaves, torn

A tin of chopped tomatoes

Salt

Pepper

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 brownpizza2
  • Pour over the chopped tomatoes and add the basil leaves
  • Allow the sauce to reduce, stirring occasionallypizza5
  • 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.

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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.

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I then topped it with the tomato sauce…

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The mozzarella…

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The Parma ham…

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The artichokes (Ian’s favourite!)…

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A bit of seasoning…

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Then it was into the oven until golden brown

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Absolutely delicious!

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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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