So, tonight I decided it was only right to make something patriotic for Jubilee Weekend. We have a street party coming up on the 5th, but until then (when I’ll be sharing my Jubilee cupcakes) I thought I’d make my first ever pizza… union jack style! This was a bit of a test run, so I’ve written in where I think it could be improved for the perfect pizza!
350g Flour (I used wholemeal to be healthy but you can use white bread flour if you prefer)
1 cup of warm water (not hot just lukewarm)
Splash of oil
1 sachet of Yeast
1/2 red onion
Handful Black olives
3 cloves garlic
1 tomato chopped
Pure soya spread
1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl, and add a sprinkle of salt. Make a well in the middle of the bowl.
2. In a jug, mix the yeast and olive oil with 1 cup of warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast).
Leave to stand for a few minutes
3. Pour this mixture into the well (below left), then use a fork to bring the flour into the middle and swirl it into the mixture, until it looks like the photo below right. If it is too wet, keep adding flour until its like this photo (should be no cracks or this is too dry).
4. Knead the dough with flour dusted hands, until you have a springy and smooth dough.
5. Put dough in a flour dusted bowl, and also dust the top lightly with flour.
6. Cover with a damp cloth or damp piece of kitchen roll, and place in a warm area for 1 hour, waiting for it to double in size (I placed it on a chair next to the oven door which was turned on).
7. When it has doubled in size, remove from bowl and knead the dough again to push the air around it.
8. Roll into a pizza shape of your choice, on a baking tray
9. Now you can add the toppings, of whatever variety you like really. I started off by making a Pure spread and chopped garlic mixture (one and a half tbsp of ‘Pure’, and 3 garlic cloves chopped) and spread this onto the base:
10. I then added tomato sauce, and then added all of the toppings on. I added way too many toppings and a lot of garlic, but that’s the way I like it so just top it to your preference. Here are the toppings I used, and the pattern I chose:
11. Place in the oven at 200 C for 15 minutes for a pizza with less well cooked veg, (or you could fry the veg first and then add it if you want it less crunchy).
12. Keep checking on it to make sure it doesn’t burn, and leave it in a little longer if the dough looks soggy or not risen. When out, slice and enjoy with a big crunchy green leaf salad or chips.