Friday Night Cheat’s Build your Own Pizza…
If you are missing going out for a pizza whilst we are all house-bound, why not try and make your own using this very simple but delicious cheat’s version. Serving 4 good portions with ingredients you may already have in the cupboard or lurking at the bottom of the fridge – and saving a small fortune.
Rub together 225g of self raising flour, a generous pinch of salt with 60g of butter or margarine. Just like making short crust pastry. Add 150ml milk (any type will do) and bring together with your fingers to make a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until smooth.
(I actually find this part very therapeutic!)
Roll out about 1cm thick and place onto a large rectangle greased baking tray, or cut into 2 large or 4 small circles.
Now, fry a large chopped onion and whatever else you fancy – perhaps the fridge is hiding half a pepper or courgette leftover from the other day, some bacon, fresh tomatoes a little past their best or a few random mushrooms.
Spread some passata or good old ketchup will do perfectly well onto the dough base. And if you like, sprinkle on some dried herbs or garlic granules – better still if you have the fresh stuff available.
Then top with the cooked vegetables. Depending on how grand you want the pizza add whatever else you fancy or have to hand or alternate – grated cheese, peppers from a jar, anchovies in a tin you don’t know what else to do with, or even pieces of cooked ham, prawns or cooked chicken left over from last night’s supper.
Another idea is to place different fillings onto each quarter of the pizza – suiting everyone’s taste – ‘No anchovies on my quarter please, splash of chilli sauce on daughters piece, stilton on son’s portion and extra prawns on Dad’s share’. Keeping everyone happy.
Bake in a very hot oven (220’c/mark 7) for about 20 minutes.