I shared a poll on my Instagram asking my followers whether there was a specific time to eating Pizza. I was surprised at the few responses that came in saying Yes. I can eat pizza anytime of the day! It could be at dawn, early morning, late afternoon, in the evening or at midnight! Pizza is that kind of special snack I enjoy at odd hours. lol.
I had intended on making pizza Saturday night, but I came back from an event pretty late and was too tired to lift a finger. So I rather prepped my pizza dough and stuck it in the fridge for Sunday morning. The plan was to enjoy a fresh slice of pizza before church.
And this is the reason we are all gathered here today my friends…I am going to share the recipe I used in making the perfect home made pizza. What I love about making recipes from scratch is the fact that I know exactly what is going into it. So follow this pretty simple recipe and be prepared to enjoy some lip licking pizza!
- 1 1/2 cup Bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp yeast
- 250ml warm water
- 5 cloves of crushed garlic
- Olive oil ( or any oil of choice)
- Powdered Pepper
- Black pepper
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- freshly blended tomatoes ( I blended 4 medium sized tomatoes)
- boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces (season, cook and fry)
- Frankfurters (Cut up the sausages and lightly fry them)
- minced beef (season and fry)
- Mozzarella Cheese (or any cheese of your choice)
- Green pepper
- Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Let the yeast proof for 5 minutes (or until it starts to get foamy) before adding the flour and salt.
- Stir together with a wooden spoon or your fingers until everything starts to come together, then knead for about 5-6 minutes on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic. It should be tacky, but not so sticky that it is difficult to work with. If it is too sticky, add a little extra flour, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
- Transfer the dough into a large clean bowl with some drops of olive oil. Turn the dough to coat it in the oil, then cover the bowl with cling film( plastic wrap) and stick it in the fridge for use the following day. It should double in size when you are ready to use it. So if you intend on making it the same day, just ensure that the dough doubles in size or rises.
- At this point, whilst waiting for your dough to rise, you can start making your marinara sauce. Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add any spices of your choice at this stage.
- Now add your freshly blended tomatoes, powdered pepper, sugar, black pepper and tomato puree and cook the sauce for 20-30 minutes. Throw in some Basil if you fancy it.
- Keep stirring in between and set aside to cool once it’s ready
- Once your dough is ready, pat or roll it out into a circle-ish shape and place it on a baking sheet/ baking stone. I stretched out my dough and set it on a baking sheet.
- Now this is usually the fun part! Top the circle of dough with enough marinara sauce (Let your ancestors guide you! If they say spread more sauce on it, DO ittt!!! lol). Layer it with your assorted meats and vegetables. The last topping will be your cheese.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes. The cheese on top should be melted and the crust should be turning golden brown around the edges. The amount of time will depend on just how hot your oven is, how many toppings you added to your pizza, and how thick or thin the crust is. (Mine didn’t brown because I was scared I might over do it and end up with a burnt crust!🤣🤣🤣)
- Your homemade pizza is ready to be feasted on! Enjoyyyy!
Now pardon me whilst I go and finish the rest of this lip smacking pizza i just made!