Over the years and over the recipes I’ve tried, I’ve found that the most basic recipe for the base is the best. Pizza is fantastically versatile; don’t be afraid to try something new with the toppings.
Ingredients (for one pizza):
• 1 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon oil
• Mix flour with baking powder.
• Mix milk with oil.
• Make a well in the centre of the flour, and pour in milk/oil.
• Mix together. When you’ve mixed as well as you can with a wooden spoon, dig your hands in and knead the dough. If the dough is too dry and crumbling, add a little milk. If it’s too sticky, add some flour.
• Keep kneading. This is the most important part for making a good base. You’ll know you’ve kneaded enough when you pinch a bit and it feels like an earlobe. It should rise back into place slightly from the hollow made by pinching it.
• Roll the dough out into a flat base.
• Spread tomato paste over the base.
• Add your favourite toppings. You’ll have your own preferences and favourite order for adding ingredients. My personal favourite is cheese, ham, pineapple, capsicum, onions and mushrooms. I also like to add mixed herbs over my pizza. Mmm, herbs…
• Place on a tray in the oven at 200°C/390°F.
• Cook for about 20 minutes. Depending on how many toppings you added, it may need longer than this. Check on it now and then; you’ll know it’s done when the base is golden-brown and the toppings are starting to crisp.
Note: You can use a cup of self-raising flour instead of flour/bp.