Homemade pizza is one of the easiest and most delicious meals you can make for the family.
Not only is it quick, it's infinitely variable - so you can have pizza every week and still feel as though you're trying something new.
This recipe includes a suggested topping but the base would work with any topping you like.
For the dough:
250g/8 oz/1⅔ cups strong plain flour
150g/5 oz/1 cup wholemeal flour
1 tsp instant dried yeast
1 tsp paprika
1½ tsp salt
Generous grinding black pepper
250ml/7½ fl oz/1 cup water
For the topping:
½ can chopped tomatoes in their own juice
2 tsp dried oregano
4 mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp capers
120g/4oz/1 cup cheddar cheese shavings
Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl, taking care to add the water a little at a time so that the dough is sticky but not runny.
Leave the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.
Knead the dough on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll it to the size and shape of a large baking tray.
Place the pizza base onto a pre-greased tray and add the topping.
You can, of course, top your pizza with anything you like but for this version, spread out the chopped tomatoes first, followed by a sprinkling of oregano. Add the mushrooms and capers, then the cheddar cheese, finishing off with a generous grinding of fresh black pepper.
Bake the pizza for 15 minutes at 200oC/400F. The topping should be lightly browned but still revealing the appetising colours of the ingredients.
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