Homemade beef pizza

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Hey all :). Hope you have had a fabulous weekend so far. It has been a wet and busy weekend for me. My niece and 4 of her friends came over on Friday. #Whew I respect mothers, even without doing much I am drained, but all in all I am having fun and was able to experiment with some recipes :).

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On a normal day I know it would be much easier to order pizza in but where is the fun in that ;).  The kids wanted to be involved in the making of their meals so kneading the dough was a perfect way to achieve that. Homemade dough if kneaded properly is pretty amazing. I am definitely sold on the dough and know pizza night will involve homemade dough henceforth :).

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Prep: 75mins
Cook time: 10mins
Serves: 6 – 8

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Ingredients

For the dough
500g strong white flour
1 x 7g dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
300ml lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

For the sauce
150ml passata
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
Salt
Black pepper

For the toppings
200g ball mozzarella, sliced
1/2 courgette, sliced
1 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 sweet bite pepper, thinly sliced
140g sweetcorn
300g thinly sliced fried beef

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Method

Sieve flour onto a clean work surface and make a well. Mix water, yeast, sugar and olive oil in a jug and leave for a few minutes. Pour the mix into the well and using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl into the liquid. Keep mixing, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour dusted hands. Knead till you have a smooth, springy dough.

Place the dough in a flour dusted bowl, sprinkle flour on it and cover with a damp cloth. Leave at room temperature for 60 minutes until the dough has doubled on size.

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Meanwhile in a saucepan heat the olive oil and crushed garlic then add the passata. Season with salt and pepper and leave to cook for 10 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it to push out the air with your hands. Divide the dough into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas – this dough makes two to three medium pizzas.

Roll out the dough into large rounds, about 30cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be thin as it will rise in the oven. Place the dough onto oiled baking sheet.

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Spread the tomato sauce round the dough ensuring you get the edges. Top with sliced mozzarella, courgettes, onions, sweet bite pepper, fried pepper and sweetcorn. Drizzle with olive oil and season.

Preheat oven to 240°/fan 220°/gas mark 7. Place the baking sheet on oven tray. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until crisp. Repeat step for remaining pizza. Serve with a little more olive oil or a dip of your choice

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