Tutorial and images by Andy Isaacs
It’s almost Father’s Day, and what better way to say ‘thank you’ to your Dad than by making a meal for him yourself? Try this easy how to make pizza recipe, it’s great fun for big kids and an easy make for Mum to help little ones with.
Plus, you can customise the toppings that go on top of your pizza, so you can be adventurous as you like!
I’m using the below recipe which can be found online at
Lee’s Recipes. How to Make Pizza
Skill level : Beginner
Allow : One hour plus 15 minutes cooking time
You Will Need
Basic Dough (enough for two pizzas)
One quarter pint of water
One level teaspoon sugar
Half ounce fresh yeast, or two level teaspoons dried
yeast Eight ounces Plain flour
One and a half level teaspoons salt
How to Make
Preheat your oven to 200 degres c (or 220 degrees c if you don’t have a fan oven). The first part of the recipe is for the yeast mix, the water you use needs to be tepid – not hot!
Pour the water into a small bowl.
Add the sugar . . .
. . . and the yeast.
Next use a fork to slowly dissolve the yeast and sugar into the mix, it is important not to whisk as this will add air.
When you are finished place the mixture somewhere warm for about 15 minutes, this will allow the yeast to react with the sugar.
While you are waiting for your yeast mixture, sieve the flour and salt together into a large bowl.
Your yeast mixture will be ready once foam has appeared on top.
Pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl.
Use your hands to mix the ingredients together, be patient as it will be sloppy at first.
After a few minutes mixing the dough should come together, it should be silky and not wet or sticky.
If you find that the dough is too wet then you can add a little flour, if it’s too dry then add some more tepid water.
Once you have finished making the dough, set the bowl to one side and cover an area of your work surface with plenty of plain flour. Tip the dough onto the flour and scrape any stubborn pieces from the bowl with a spoon.
Sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough, this will make sure you can knead it without it getting stuck to your hands.
Using an open hand, flatten the dough out into a rough circle.
Fold the nearest edge into the centre
Use your palm to firmly push the fold down and away from you.
Rotate the dough and repeat the action, fold and knead for about 5 minutes or until the dough feels elastic.
*While you are kneading you can add a little olive oil into the dough for flavour, this may make the dough sticky so add some more flour if you need to.
Once you have finished kneading the dough cut it into 2 equal pieces and set one aside.
Sprinkle some more flour onto your work area and use your hands to shape the dough into a rough circle.
The base will thin out as you shape it, once it gets to about the size of a side plate you can use a rolling pin to finish off shaping.
I don’t own a rolling pin but an unopened wine bottle coated with a little flour works just as well.
After you have finished rolling the base, transfer it to a baking tray. If you are cooking 2 pizzas then shape the other piece of dough in the same way. *If you want to save the other piece of dough, you can put it in a bowl covered with clingfilm and store it in the fridge for 24 hours.
If you would like your pizza to have a crust, fold over about a centimetre of the edge all the way around and press it gently into the base.
Now the hard work is over you can now choose what toppings you would like on your pizza.
First squeeze some tomato paste onto the base.
Spread with the back of a metal spoon – this will make sure that you get even coverage and also will also prevent tearing the dough.
I’m adding a little garlic paste in with the tomato.
Next add your toppings! I’ve used some chopped chicken, pancetta and red pepper. I also have some grated cheddar cheese to go on last so that it melts everything together.
Now the pizza can be baked in the oven, mine took about 15 minutes. Make sure that the pizza is piping hot and the base is golden brown.
Here is the finished pizza, complete with a glass of wine from my rolling pin!
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