Try these delicious River Cottage Australia inspired recipes from Julio Castellano.


  • Basic pizza dough

  • 7g - Dry yeast

  • 1 tsp. - Caster sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. - Salt

  • 2 cups - Plain flour

  • 2 tbs. Olive oil

  • Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Baby Rocket & Red Onion Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup- Tomato Pizza Sauce

  • 160g- Mozzarella cheese

  • 1 Tsp.- Dry Oregano

  • 100g -Baby Rocket

  • 30g – Red onion thinly sliced

  • 25g - Kalamata Pitted olives

  • 90g - Cherry Tomatoes

  • 20 ml -fresh lemon juice

  • Cracked Black pepper

  • Sea Salt


  • Basic pizza dough:

  • 1.

    Combine 3/4-cup warm water, yeast, sugar and salt in a jug. Whisk with a fork to dissolve. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.

  • 2.

    Sift flour into a bowl. Add yeast mixture and oil. Mix to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 25 to 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

  • 3.

    This dough is best used fresh

  • Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Baby Rocket & Red Onion Topping::

  • 1.

    Pre heat fan-forced oven to 200c and lightly oil up a 28cm pizza tray.

  • 2.

    Roll out pizza dough on floured surface into a circle around 28cm in width then put this into an oiled pizza tray taking care to form the edge carefully for the crust.

  • 3.

    Poke holes into the base in a circular motion using a fork going all the way around until you get up to 1.5cm from the edge dough.

  • 4.

    Apply Tomato pizza sauce in the middle of dough and smooth out evenly until 1.5cm from the edge of the dough, follow with the Mozzarella cheese, Olives, Oregano, Cherry toms & Red onion in an even spread then season with cracked black pepper and salt.

  • 5.

    Put the pizza into the oven and cook for around 10-15 min until pizza is crispy and golden around the edge & cheese is melted. Take out of oven and then dress the baby rocket with some fresh lemon juice and arrange evenly over the top of the pizza, cut into 8 even slices.

  • 6.

    Serve with side salad & garlic bread or enjoy on its own, this rustic pizza is sure to taste amazing!


Recipes, Food Styling & Props by Julio Castellano Photography by Dan Hilburn
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