Homemade pizza

Homemade pizza

With option for gluten free and or vegan.

Reading some other travel blogs I noticed that they have 'lifestyle' posts, food in particular. I thought "I can do that too!" and here's my first attempt. Dinner from the other night, homemade pizza.

Despite coming from a part of Europe where Italian cuisine was common, we had no family pizza recipes, the Italian food we ate was from northern Italy, so polenta rather than pizza. This recipe comes courtesy of my Italian language teacher from high school in Australia! It's quick and easy to make, so easy that I actually prefer to make the dough rather than using pre made dough, it's not the same!

The Ingredients

plain flour (Gluten free option, use non wheat flour)
dry yeast
mozzarella (vegan option use vegan cheese)
canned chopped tomatoes
canned chopped mushrooms
pitted olives

Dissolve one packet of dry yeast in about 200ml of warm water.

Place yeast mixture into a large bowl, add the plain flour in small amounts. Add a pinch of salt.

Keep adding the flour until the dough is firm enough to kneed, then kneed into a ball.

Place dough in a warm place and allow it to rise for 15 minutes. I put hot water in the sink and then place the bowl with the dough in the water and cover with a tea towel. (Tip, don't put too much water in the sink as the bowl can tip over!)

While waiting for the dough to rise, preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a pizza oven tray, cut up the olives, open up the tinned ingredients.

After 15 minutes the dough should have doubled.

Place in the centre of the pizza tray, then with your fingers and heel of your hand spread the dough over the pizza tray.

Place the chopped tomatoes on the pizza base, spread to the edges of the dough.

Add whatever toppings you like, I used mushrooms and olives.

Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese across the top.

Place in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, keep checking on it, the smell of fresh pizza will fill the kitchen and you'll see that it's ready to eat.

The finished pizza, slice it up and serve with a side salad. A healthy dinner!