D.I.Y pizza legend

Yeah of course you can send out for pizza or pick one up when you're out and about, but have you ever seriously thought about making your own? You should. It's not that tough and the results can be amazing and most importantly, you get to control what you have on it so you can keep an eye on the kJ content.

If you're game, here’s what you'll need to make 4 medium size pizzas.

  • 1 sachet of dried yeast
  • 250 ml warm water
  • teaspoon of salt
  • teaspoon of sugar
  • tablespoon of olive oil

Combine all the above, cover with cling wrap until the yeast takes on a head.
Add to 600g pizza flour (it’s higher in gluten so it has the springy feel when kneaded) in a mixer or mix by hand. Turn out on a lightly floured board and kneed for 5 mins. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

The sauce

While the dough is doing its business, you can make a tomato sauce base with a can of whole tomatoes, a pinch of salt, a diced onion, a few cloves of garlic and some dried basil.

Simply brown the onions and garlic in a generous glug of olive oil, (1 glug = 2 tablespoons), add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 mins.

Almost ready to cook

When the dough has risen, turn it out on a lightly floured board, divide into 4 portions and roll out each onto a tin pizza oven tray. Then it's up to you to load up with sauce and your choice of toppings. Make sure the cheese you choose is low fat or go lightly with it, and if you're going for meats low fat meats are better for you and take up less kJ than full fat. Just make sure they're cooked before you put them on the pizza. And here’s a tip: cheese before the other toppings! You'll need less, and you’ll get a juicier result.

In the oven

When the toppings are perfect, cook in an oven pre-heated to 180 degrees C for 15–20 minutes depending on your toppings. Just keep an eye on them as you go because there's nothing worse than burnt offerings.

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