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Classic Italian pizza


  • For the dough

  • 1½ tsp active dried yeast

  • Pinch of caster sugar

  • 50ml lukewarm water

  • 225g plain flour, sifted

  • 125ml water

  • ¾ tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • Pinch of pepper

  • 1 red chilli, whole

  • Bottle of passata

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • To assemble

  • Mozzarella, roughly chopped

  • Olives

  • Fresh oregano


  • For the dough:

  • 1.

    By hand, combine the yeast, sugar, lukewarm water and 25g of the flour in a large bowl.  Leave to prove for 20 minutes in a warm place. Put the remaining flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl then add the yeast mix and combine with a wooden spoon, adding water as needed until a dough forms.

  • 2.

    Turn out on to a floured work surface and knead for 7-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Put in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 – 1½ hours, until doubled in size.

  • 3.

    Cut the dough into two portions. Roll them out into 3-5mm thick circles. Preheat two pizza trays, sprinkle them with a little flour, put the pastry circles on the trays. Spoon a layer of the sauce over the pastry, then dot with mozzarella, olives and oregano. Bake in a hot oven for 12 - 15 minutes.

  • For the sauce:

  • 1.

    Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the pepper, whole chilli, passata and dried oregano and cook until reduced down to a sauce consistency.

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Posted by MirvatReport
Perfect dough and sauce.
But I've used my favorite toppings:
( mushrooms,capsicums, onions, olives,
Sundried tomatoes and cheese )