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Mas­ter­ing this ba­sic pizza base is sim­ple and fun

In our ‘new ways’ pizza fea­ture (page 52) we re­vealed some fab­u­lous twists on a ba­sic pizza base, but if you want to stick with tra­di­tion, mak­ing an orig­i­nal dough crust is some­thing easy enough for the whole fam­ily to get on board with.

You could make a night of it, turn­ing your kitchen into a pizze­ria, al­low­ing ev­ery­one to roll out their base to their ideal size and shape, chose their favourite sauce and add their pre­ferred top­pings.

To make a stan­dard pizza dough, sim­ply com­bine 2 tea­spoons in­stant yeast with ½ tea­spoon salt and 2½ cups sifted plain flour in a large bowl. Mix to­gether 1 cup warm wa­ter and 1 ta­ble­spoon olive oil and grad­u­ally stir into the dry in­gre­di­ents.

The dough now needs to kneaded on a floured sur­face for 10 min­utes or un­til smooth and elas­tic – this is a fun ac­tiv­ity for the kids! Next, place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover and stand in a warm place for 30 min­utes or un­til dou­bled in size.

Punch down the dough with your fist, then knead on a floured sur­face un­til smooth. Roll out as re­quired, spread with sauce and top­pings and bake in a 200°C oven for 15 min­utes or un­til crisp.

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