Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Home made pizza..... Mood = Treat

Who doesn't love Pizza? As far as i know, no one! I personally love it. Pizza is a very particular thing, and i have asked many people how they like their pizza, and everyone has a different answer. Some like thin crust, some thick, doughy, crisp, small, large, with cheese, without cheese. Toppings are endless and that is one of the best things about pizza, is that it is so varied and you can keep changing to suit your MOOD.

I love simple pizza. Usually with ham and rocket, but occasionally, with aubergenes. I like to use grated mozzarella and buffalo mozzarella with a delicious home-made tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes. It just makes everything so fresh and delicious.

This pizza is fool proof and so easy to make it would be a shame to order a takeaway when it can be this good.

Dough, tomato sauce, cheese, ham, aubergenes, what could be a better combination?!?!?!


420 warm water
7g easy acting yeast
2T olive oil
500g Bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon of sugar


  • Mix warm water with yeast and sugar and let it swell for about 5-10 minutes. There will be a nice foam on the top.
  • When this has happened, measure out the flour and salt and place in your kitchen aid and add the olive oil.
  • Pour the yeast mixture in slowly till you get all the flour Incorporated together. I would hold back about 2-3 Tablespoons of water just in case. It all depends on heat, air quality at the time.
  • If you find that the dough mix is too wet add 1 Tablespoon of flour at a time to make it come together.
  • Mix with a dough hook or by hand for about 5-7 minutes. By hand it may take a few minutes more.
  • When you have done this, place the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm or a tea towel in a warm place.
  • Let it rise for about an hour till it has doubled in size.
  • The deflate it and knead it slightly.
  • Cut it into four pizzas and roll out to your desired shape.
  • Place your tomato sauce and topping and cook for about 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees.

Tomato sauce:

6 Fresh tomatoes, cut into small pieces
1/2 onion diced1 Tablespoon of tomato pureé
a handful of fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt


  • Place onions in a pan with olive oil and gently sauteé them.
  • Add the tomato pureé and cook it with the onions.
  • Then add tomatoes and mix well.
  • Add salt, sugar and basil leaves.
  • Add about 1 cup of water and bring to the boil and let it reduce.
  • Check the heat as you don't want it to catch on the bottom and burn.
  • Check for seasoning and it should be ready in about 20-30 minutes.
  • Spread on top of your pizza base and place your topping.

Nothing beats this recipe and this is definitely a treat for anyone.


Anonymous said...

Yummy this looks good :) what's bread flour?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Bread flour contains wheats higher in gluten which gives bread more sturcture and volume. It also is best used for yeasted breads. Its easy to find this flour in any supermarket. I use Canadian strong bread flour.

Anonymous said...

Wow, its only 8.30 and i am craving pizza already. Not fair. This looks so tasty. Cant wait to make it for later.

Lara said...

Mmmmm it looks amazing and I love the fact that it is not a circle :))I love aubergine and i will definately make it at home with the kids ...yummy can't wait.I WANT PIZZA NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

I love that it is not a circle too. Very clichéd. I never make round ones, always square or abstract. Definitely make this. The kids will love it.

Anonymous said...

Do you put it on a bakin tray or straight on a shelf? Also do u half bake the base then put the toppings?

Janet said...

This looks scrumptious!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Anon, i make the dough in the shape i want and then add the tomato sauce and then topping. After i have assembled it, i put it on a baking tray and cook for 12-15 mins...

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tasteofbeirut said...

Good for you for baking this pizza from scratch! Looks scrumptious and I would love a bite of it!

Anonymous said...

Can u use tinned tomato for the sauce or does it have to be fresh?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

TOB, it was delicious. I love making everything from scatch....
Anon, you can use tinned tomatoes if you like, but make sure you add a little more sugar to the recipe for the sauce as it can get a little acidic.

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Anonymous said...

This is just what I need. Absolutely love it! Very appetising picture

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

I will never get tired of reading about and/or eating pizza! Yum!

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