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The Most Incredible Homemade Pizza You Will Ever Taste

When it comes to making homemade pizza it’s all about the base. One of my closest friends gave me this recipe and it’s seriously so good that you will never call a home delivered pizza ever again. And the smell… OMG! The smell that will fill your home as it’s cooking will bring even the fussiest eaters to the table. It’s absolutely mouthwatering and has been described as the best pizza my kids have ever eaten. Sorry Domino’s!

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Once you’ve got this base down pat, you can then experiment with savoury or sweet flavors. This will turn your pizza into something unique and sensational every time. It’s all about getting creative, mixing flavours, or using whatever you have on hand. It’s cheap, versatile and everyone will love it!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of plain flour

150 ml of warm tempered water

1 sachet of dry yeast (Tandaco yeast is recommended)

Pinch of salt

Pinch of sugar

Topping ingredients of your choice

Method

  1. Turn on the oven and heat it to 220-240 degrees. You will need to let the yeast rise for a while in the bowl and the warmth generated on the stove top is a perfect place to enable this to happen prior to cooking.
  2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
  3. Inside the well, place the yeast, salt, and sugar and let it sit for about one minute.
  4. Pour the water in slowly and fold it in with a wooden spoon.
  5. When the ingredients are roughly mixed together, use your hands to mix it into a pliable consistency.
  6. Shape it into a ball and leave it in the bowl.
  7. Cover with a tea-towel and leave it in a warm position (for example on top of the stove) for about an hour. The warmth will activate the yeast and this will allow the mixture to rise.
  8. After an hour or so, flour a bread board or flat surface. The mixture may need either more water or flour depending on the environment. You need to try to achieve a pliable consistency as you gradually kneed the dough. Don’t over do it however, because this can effect the end result.
  9. Kneed it into a ball shape and roll it out with a floured rolling pin. If you don’t have one you can place it into a large flour coated pizza tray or a square tray equivalent and spread it out with your palm. Make sure you don’t thin it out too much because it’s best as thick based pizza dough.
  10. Your home-made pizza base is now ready to be topped with your choice of topping and put into the oven for about 30-45 minutes.

That’s it! Once you get the hang of it the dough will be pretty much perfect every time.

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June 30, 2015

Stromboli – A Yummy Weekend Lunch Idea

Stromboli is a type of turnover, filled with various types of cheeses and meats such as salami and ham. I like to think of it as a rolled-up pizza. This recipe is fairly simple – you just need to allow plenty of time for your dough to rise. It’s a yummy idea if you’re taking a plate to an event or if you’re hosting a finger food lunch of your own. I just make it for my family to enjoy and it doesn’t last long at all.

Firstly, you need to make the dough:

Dough ingredients

2 tsp active dry yeast

1 cup plus 1 x tablespoon of warm water

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups high grade flour

Dough method

  1. Measure the first five ingredients into a large bowl with one cup of the flour and mix thoroughly.
  2. Cover and leave for 15 minutes or longer in a warm place.
  3. Stir in the remaining flour, adding extra if necessary, to make a dough just firm enough to knead.
  4. Knead on a lightly floured surface for ten minutes until the dough forms a soft ball and springs back lightly when pressed.
  5. Turn dough in two teaspoons of oil in a large bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave for 30 minutes in a warm place.

After your dough has risen you’re ready to put your Stromboli together:

Stromboli ingredients:

½ cup of diced ham

½ cup of diced salami

½ cup of mozzarella cheese

½ cup of parmesan cheese

Stromboli method:

  1. After the dough has risen for the last time, cut the dough in two.
  2. Working on a well-floured bench, roll the dough out to a 40cm x 50cm rectangle
  3. Spread half of the ingredients on each rectangle then roll up on the long edge, as you would a sponge roll.
  4. Lift the Stromboli carefully onto an oven tray lined with baking paper
  5. Bake at 200 degrees C for approximately 12 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve warm, cut into diagonal pieces.

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August 23, 2014