19 April 2011

The Art of Making Pizza

This weekend I tried my hand at making pizza... from scratch... like dough and all - and I must say that it turned out pretty well! 

In actual fact it was more of a thin-crust pizza-inspired foccocia bread, but it was delicious, much healthier than normal pizza and would be perfect to use as a starter or finger food at a party!

Here's the recipe - and some photos just for good measure :)

Tomato, Basil, Chevre and Honey Pizza



You will need:
  • 250ml (about 1 cup) Luke warm water
  • 1 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Tbs Instant Yeast
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 10 Baby Roma Tomatoes - Halved
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Chevre (or any other soft goat's cheese)
  • 10 Basil Leaves (I picked mine fresh from my herb garden :)
  • Honey to Drizzle

Method:
  • Mix the water, honey and yeast together in a bowl.  Leave the mixture for five minutes to activate the yeast and, when it's foamy, add the flour, salt and oil, mixing together to form a dough.
  • Knead the dough well, place in a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave it to prove in a warm place for one hour.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl, punch it down and stretch it out with your fingers to form a large pizza base.  Place the base on a lightly floured baking tray, and top with the tomatoes and half of the chevre.
  • Bake at 250 C (480 F) for five to six minutes, until the base is golden and crisp.  Remove from the oven, sprinkle the remaining chevre and basil over the top and drizzle with honey.

Drizzle with balsamic and you have yourself one delicious pizza-inspired foccocia bread!

17 comments:

  1. i used to LOVE homemade pizza! this post made me forget how much i lvoed it! looks so good!

    happy monday friend (althoug its probably tuesday for you)! :)

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  2. Just finished my breakfast, but your pizza-bread makes me hungry!
    Dropped in via FTLOB

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  3. Dropped by from FTLOB, I'm a pizza fiend so I love this post.. and it looks delicious!!

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  4. It looks great! Hubs is from NJ and can't stand the "pizza" we have down South. Maybe I can make him some that tastes better.

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  5. Home-made pizza is the best! Yours looks delicious :)

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  6. I love pizza..especially when its homemade. This looks great and that crust looks delish

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  7. I love homemade pizza and your really looks yummy!!

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  8. Jenna this sounds amazing! I LOVE homemade pizza!!

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  9. That looks SO tasty! I haven't had homemade pizza in such a long time!

    I'm new to your blog! I found you through FTLOB and I can't wait to read more! Feel free to check out my blog!

    Simply Kate

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  10. wow this sounds and looks so so good! and it would be so much more guilt-free compared to normal pizza! yummmm xx

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  11. Looks wonderful! Homemade or half homemade pizza is a weekly thing at least at my house. Yours looks so yummy!

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  12. Looks really good! This is all we ever do anymore is make our own, so much healthier. Like your site by the way!

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  13. This is awesome! We always buy the ready made dough at Trader Joes, but this would be fun to try sometime, too!

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  14. looks delicious! i'll have to give it a try :) <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  15. YUM... That looks amazing and yes, perfect pizza making is definitely an art form!

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  16. I am SOO impressed you made pizza from scratch...that looks insanely good! Must try soon! :)

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