I am going to tell you how to make a pizza in 20 minutes. That wasn’t really a lie. Slightly bending the truth, I accept that. But wait! You honestly can make a pizza in 20 minutes. You just need to be sneaky… sneaky is good. Sneaky pizza is very good.
Now tell me you don’t want to make it. That would definitely be a lie.
For the bases (makes 4):
3 tbsp olive oil
1 packet (7g) fast-action dried yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
600g strong white bread flour
large pinch salt
For the pizza:
a few tbsp tomato paste
oregano or Italian herbs
any other toppings you like
1. Put the yeast, sugar and oil into a jug with 335ml lukewarm water. Set aside for a couple of minutes
2. Put the flour and salt into a large bowl, then add the liquid. Mix until it all comes together, then knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes
3. Oil a large bowl (or use the same one) and put the dough into it. Cover with a teatowel and leave somewhere warm to rise for an hour
4. Preheat the oven to 230C (fan 210C). Briefly nead the dough again on a floured surface , then split into four and roll out each piece to a 1/2 cm thickness
5. Transfer the pizza base to a baking tray. Spread on enough tomato paste to cover the base, then add the toppings and sprinkle with cheese and herbs. Bake for 10-12 minutes
This pizza was truly delicious – I had it with anchovy paste mixed in with the tomato paste, and onions on top. Stinky but delicious. The second time I made it, I had it with mushrooms. Less stinky, still delicious. This pizza tastes way better than the ones you buy in the supermarket. And because you’ve made it all yourself, it feels positively virtuous. Well, it may not help your daily vegetable intake but the fact that it’s completely handmade has to count for something, right?
The real genius lies in the fact that you can freeze the spare bases by wrapping them in clingfilm. They take barely any time to defrost (I just put one on a baking tray when I get home from work), then barely any time again to whack on the toppings and bake. Not to mention that you can have your pizza exactly how you like it, AND you can save pennies in the process. Great news if you are saving for your imaginary vintage china collection, or, you know, a house in which to keep said china collection (amongst other things). Normally I wouldn’t consider eating pizza off a vintage plate but in this situation I would say it is completely justified. Eat and be happy =)