If you think making a pizza from scratch is a waste of time, try it. Just try it, please. You may think it is not worth the hassle and that there are good quality, authentic, fresh pizzas on the market to buy.
But it’s not the same and it’s not actually that much hassle. Really, I promise (especially with a small cheat). I made two pizzas from scratch for the first time the other day and quite honestly they were delicious. Not only that I had a sense of pride looking down at my squiffy shaped pizzas in uneven slices.
So how simple? Well this simple:-
In the supermarkets now you can buy pizza dough mixes that have the right quantities of flour and yeast in a packet. You still get to do the kneading and all, but without all the weighing. So make up the bases to the packet instructions (which takes around 10-15mins).
Make a delicious sauce for the base out of garlic and passata cooked for a good 20 minutes until reduced down, then add a sprinkle of dried oregano and some fresh basil. Smear onto the pizza and top with whatever you fancy.
I got a little carried away at a lovely Italian deli and topped one with Milano salami, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and pecorino cheese. The other was covered in parma ham, pinapple and mozarella, plus a sprinkle of the pecorino. The better the toppings and ingrediants the better the pizza, but simple cheese and a few tomotoes would suffice. Just try it!