3 Jul

Homemade pizzas are so tasty , you can tell how fresh they are by the dough! These are so easy to make and to be honest for a dough based product so quick, great after a long day at work believe me 🙂


250g Plain flour
250g Strong white flour
7g Fast action yeast (1 sachet)
1tbsp Salt
325ml Warm water
1tbsp Olive oil

Tomato sauce:
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 Cloves of garlic
1 White onion
1 Handful of chopped basil

Estimated time: 60 minutes


First weigh all of your flours, salt and yeast into a mixing bowl. If your making this by hand then make a well in the middle and slowly stir in the warm water, once mostly mixed in it will be come really sticky, at this point use your hands to mix the rest in as well as the olive oil. If not doing it by hand then using a dough hook mix everything together and slowly pour in the water and oil until a sticky dough forms.


Once this dough has formed knead until it becomes a nice smooth dough, this should only take a few minutes in both the mixing bowl and by hand! As soon as the dough reaches this stage cover the bowl in cling film and place somewhere warm to rise.


Whilst the dough is proving make your sauce. This is really easy and so tasty 🙂 start off by putting your tinned chopped tomatoes into a small saucepan, start heating this gently.

Roughly chop your onion and add it to the tomatoes, don’t worry too much about the size as this will all get blitzed once cooked! Now chop up your garlic and add that to the tomatoes.


Bring the tomatoes up to a simmer and leave to cook, stir occasionally. While waiting for the onions to cook use this time to prepare your toppings. I grated 400g of mozzarella but you can use what ever cheese you want. I also cooked off some bacon chunks and chopped some tomatoes ready to cover my pizzas.

As soon as your onions are cooked add the chopped basil along with salt and pepper to taste. Now blitz the sauce in a liquidiser, whether its a food processor or a smoothie maker it doesn’t matter, you’ll get the same result!! You just want to make sure there aren’t any lumps left in the sauce.

By now your dough should have doubled in size! Carefully turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roughly shape it into a circle and cut in half, now cut each half in half again so you end up with four pieces of dough.


Work with one piece of dough at a time and roll them out into rough circles. Once into a rough circle shape(don’t worry about getting it to the right size) lightly oil your trays. Place the dough onto the oiled tray and gently push out to the edges. Repeat for the other three pizzas.


Now the fun bit 🙂 spoon some of the tomato sauce onto each pizza base and carefully spread out to the edges of the dough. Sprinkle these with cheese and what ever toppings you desire! Even sea food goes well with this sauce (my dad always ruins pizzas with it :p) .


Place the pizzas in a hot oven at 200c, ideally you’d have a wood burning oven, but who really has one of those at homes?! Cook these for 10-12 minutes, they will be done when the cheese starts to bubble and looks so tasty!! If in doubt the bottom of the base should be a light golden colour and the edges will be golden too!


And enjoy!! These are brilliant to make for a tasty easy dinner, awesome to make with children as well 🙂 I hope you all love these pizzas as much as we do, they are such a good comfort food!!!


2 Responses to “Pizza!”

  1. pattyabr July 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    you should give it a try on a stone atop the grill. Fabulous in the summer and doesn’t get the kitchen hot. We made pizzas earlier this year and Gabe’s recipe is now my standby dough. My husband loves it too! (which sometimes is more important than what I think)

    • justthebasicscooking July 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Sorry it’s taken so long to reply! I’ve always wanted to try, just to see the difference, but I don’t know we’re to get one, especially on the Isle of Wight!!

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