I've been trying to be a little braver in my cooking the past few months and developed a bit of an obsession for learning to make things completely from scratch and after a few attempts and variations, I'm now pleased to have perfected a really simple but delicious pizza dough - and my favourite part is its actually quite quick to make. I actually adapted this from a recipe for garlic bread but its been working really well for me.
I'm loving this combination of pizza toppings right now as it just feels so summery and because I think feta might be the king of cheeses but I've still yet to make a firm decision on that. If you wanted to try the dough out though you could put anything you like on it and change the seasonings to match your toppings - the great thing about pizza is you can just use up whatever is lying around and it'll pretty much always be delicious because it's pizza!
300g bread flour
5g dried yeast
200ml lukewarm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons pizza/tomato sauce (or if you're lazy like I am then tomato puree)
1 teaspoon basil or mixed italian herbs
1/2 a red onion
100g feta cheese
40g mature cheddar
Start by adding the yeast to the warm water and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes to dissolve. I've played around with the amounts on this a bit from the original recipe and know very little about yeast so I'm not sure if they're exactly scientifically correct for using it, but it all tasted delicious when I cooked it and thats good enough for me.
Stir together your dry ingredients and then slowly add the yeast mixture and olive oil until well combined. Cover your dough and leave somewhere warm for about half to three quarters of an hour. It should increase quite a bit in size.
Knead the dough for around 5 minutes on a floured surface and then roll out until about 1cm thick. Spread your pizza sauce or tomato mix over the top of the pizza, then add the rest of the toppings.
Finally, bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees, slice and enjoy!