Try this fresh way to cook a family favourite — and enjoy a perfectly light and crispy base every time!
Makes 1 base (serves 4)
Time to make 1 hour
1 1/2 cups plain flour
pinch of salt
8g sachet instant dry yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water
You’ll also need
28cm x 40cm baking dish
large board or baking dish for serving pizza
Here’s how it’s done!
Step 1 Heat oven to 200°C. Place flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Use a palette knife or wooden spoon to mix in just enough lukewarm water to bind mixture.
Step 2 Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes to form a smooth (not sticky) ball. Use a little extra flour if necessary. Spray a large bowl and plastic wrap with a little oil. Place dough n bowl and cover loosely with wrap, oiled side in. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place to prove (rise) for about 30 minutes. Dough should double in size.
Step 3 While dough is proving, prepare your pizza toppings (see below for recipe ideas). Line a large baking dish with baking paper. Place toppings in the dish and spray with oil. Bake for 10 minutes, or according to instructions in recipe.
Step 4 Once dough is proved, turn out on a lightly floured surface. Again, knead until smooth. Roll out dough to make a large rectangle — big enough to cover your baking dish.
Step 5 Carefully cover the baked toppings in the dish with the rolled-out dough. Press down gently. Spray with oil and bake for a further 15 minutes, or until pizza crust is golden and crisp.
Step 6 Take baking dish out of the oven and carefully invert pizza on to a large board. Peel off the baking paper. Add other toppings to pizza, according to your recipe, and serve.