If you’re in the mood for a pizza this weekend, but don’t feel like paying for a takeaway, why not make your own? It’s certainly cheaper and it’s also tastier because you have your own choice of toppings and quantities!
We always have such fun in the kitchen making our own pizza, or as we like to call it, “building” our own pizza! The rolling, cutting, chopping, layering does take up a bit of your time, but not much, and it will go much faster if you have company.
For the homemade pizza we prefer to use store bought bread dough. Why? The bread maker takes about an hour and a half to knead the dough, so it is easier (for us) to just pick up a bag of bread dough while we’re at the shops. A bag of bread dough still costs just under R10.00 and this will yield 2 large pizzas. You can choose to make both pizzas on the same night, and just reheat one of those for lunch or supper the following day, or you can leave half the bread dough in the fridge until tomorrow, and then have another fun night of “building” your own pizza!
As for the choice of toppings, well, we go with whatever we have at hand. Sometimes pizzas are very simple and sometimes they’re more elaborate, with more toppings. Obviously, the more toppings you choose the more filling your pizza will be when you tuck in!
Our preferred choice of toppings includes mushrooms, green peppers and chilli peppers, olives and grated cheese but you can omit any of these ingredients or substitute for others e.g. salami, bacon, onions, etc. In this recipe, I’m including the quantities for 1 large pizza and our favourite choice of toppings.
½ bag Bread Dough
½ Green Pepper
1 Chilli Pepper
7-8 Pitted Olives
1 Cup homemade Tomato Sauce
1 Cup Grated cheese (Gouda, Cheddar, Mozzarella)
Oregano, Basil, Salt and Pepper to taste
Spray ‘n’ Cook
Roll out half the bread dough (store the other half in the fridge). It’s best to use a flour dusted rolling pin for this. Use a round pizza tray if you have one, or you can use any other baking tray which is large enough, even if it’s square, and spray with Spray ‘n’ Cook. Transfer your pizza dough onto the tray, tucking in and spreading the edges to fit the tray. Prick the dough with a fork here and there because you want your pizza to rise evenly. Set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 220 C° and you are now ready to start “building” your pizza!
Step 1: Layer the homemade tomato sauce. You can use store bought if you don’t have a batch of homemade tomato sauce. I sometimes buy mashed tomato puree in bottles to keep as spare, in case I run out of homemade tomato sauce! You can get the tomato sauce in bottles on special for about R20 or a bit more, or less, depending on where and when you buy.
Step 2: Chop the green peppers and sprinkle evenly on the pizza.
Step 3: Finely chop the chilli pepper, if using, and sprinkle gently.
Step 4: Finely slice the mushrooms. You can fry them for a few minutes beforehand, and then sprinkle evenly on the pizza.
Step 5: Quarter or halve the pitted olives. You can also use whole olives if that’s all you have at hand, just remove the pips and then quarter or halve them, and spread evenly on the pizza.
Step 6: Finally, grate the cheese, and spread generously over the pizza, up to about 2cm away from the edges as the cheese will melt and spread while in the oven. Besides, you would want a bit of a crust to your pizza as well.
Bake at 220 C° for approximately 15 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven, and sprinkle with dried oregano, salt and pepper and dried basil (you can use chopped fresh basil instead, if you have – this is so delicious!). Your pizza is now ready to be served. Enjoy!
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