Fresh pizza beats the kind from a box
Let’s face it . . . at some time in your life, you would have eaten pizza. This hugely "customisable" dish was first recorded back in 997AD in Gaeta, Italy, and was modernised in Naples in the 18th Century, where they began adding tomatoes and other yummy toppings to their flat bread.
At this time of year it’s quite expensive to make your pizza sauce from fresh tomatoes, so here is a quick, economical way to whip up tasty fresh pizzas from scratch with out spending a fortune on pre-made pizza bases and fresh tomatoes.
It’s also a great way to get the kids involved in the cooking.
To all the grandparents out there who have been landed with the grandkids for a night . . . it’s a great activity to get them to help with. You can make it healthy by adding the likes of broccoli, fresh tomatoes, courgette and butternut or just keep it moreish and delicious with lashings of cheese and decadent toppings like chorizo, truffle oil, artichoke hearts and egg.
My son Charlie, 9, proudly made this meal from scratch.
Ingredients Pizza Base
350g Plain flour 2Tbsp olive oil 2tsp instant yeast 3tsp sugar 240ml warm water then sprinkle the cheese and add any combination of toppings. Charlie has topped this pizza with delicious Genoese pesto, salami, tomato and fresh basil.
9. Cook on a high heat, around 200C, for approximately 10 mins or until your pizza is golden and crispy.
10. Charlie also made a garlic flat bread by melting the 50g of butter with the finely chopped garlic then brushing on the uncooked flat bread. He then sprinkled the chopped parsley once out of the oven. Serve with a delicious Mt Rosa Sauvignon Blanc.
Makes 4 pizzas
Other topping ideas
Whitestone Windsor Blue cheese, caramelised onion, parma ham and thyme
Mozzarella, anchovies, capers and tomatoes
Genoese Pesto, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, feta and spinach
Tandoori chicken and raita dressing
Sundried tomato, ricotta, prosciutto and fresh basil
Garlic, fish, prawns, scallops, fresh parsley and olive oil
Roasted butternut, Whitestone Windsor blue cheese, walnuts and rocket Seared lamb, haloumi and olive Silverbeet, pinenut, broccolini and mozzarella
Dig in: Good enough to eat.