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Margherita pizza topped with basil leaves

Margherita pizza

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + proving
  • A little effort
  • Serves 2

Learn to make your own pizza dough from scratch with this easy step-by-step recipe. We've gone for a classic topping of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil but you can customise with your favourite ingredients.

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal1316
fat43.9g
carbs201.1g
fibre10g
protein41.7g
salt1.06g
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Try this recipe for Margherita pizza, then check out our pepperoni pizza, pizza pie and vegan pizza. Take your pizza-making skills to the next level with our pizza sauce.

Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 250g 00 flour
  • 1 tsp fresh yeast or dried yeast
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • small bunch basil, chopped (keep a few leaves for the top)
  • olive oil
  • 1 ball mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • for dusting semolina or polenta

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the flour, yeast, 1 tbsp oil, 300ml lukewarm water and a big pinch of salt in a bowl and mix to a soft, wettish dough. Knead in a mixer or by hand, lifting the dough as you work it to keep it light, until the dough is smooth – about 10 minutes. try not to add any more flour – it will get less wet as you work it, but should still be very soft when you finish kneading. Put in a bowl, cover and leave to rise for 2 hours. Heat the oven as hot as it will go. Put a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in the oven.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile tip the tomatoes into a pan and cook over a high heat until they thicken a little and the juice is no longer watery (break them up if they are whole). Take off the heat, stir in the garlic and basil and season well.

  • STEP 3

    Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface and divide into 2 or 4. Knead very briefly so you don’t squash out too much air. Roll and stretch each batch out as much as you can to make a large pizza base – the thinner the dough, the crisper the base.

  • STEP 4

    Drizzle the base with 2 tbsp olive oil and spread over some tomato sauce. Carefully lift onto the hot baking sheet or pizza stone (dusted with semolina or polenta to stop it sticking). Scatter with mozzarella and drizzle more oil, then cook for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is crisp and browned. Add more fresh basil leaves and olive oil.

Try one of our other pizza recipes

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