Pizza on a Budget

Cheese and tomato before baking

Cheese and tomato before baking

Who doesn’t like pizza? But who likes the price of a restaurant or takeaway Pizza? Not me that’s for sure. I learned a thing or two about saving money at uni and a mate taught me how to make pizza dough πŸ™‚ Apologies for the lack of pictures, it was quite messy! This recipe makes 3 individual pizzas. You can freeze the dough, but I liked it better fresh. You can just adjust the quantity of ingredients to cater for what you need. The beauty of this is you can just throw on whatever you have in the fridge too.

350g Strong White Flour

3.5g Yeast

A pinch of Salt

200ml Warm Water

15ml olive oil

Spreading the sauce on the base

Spreading the sauce on the base

1. Flour a board or worksurface and your hands. I also recommend having the flour nearby for re-flouring of the hands. If not you end up in one big sticky mess.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the oil and water, mixing in.

4. Knead, knead, knead. This is the hard bit. You need to ensure you knead the dough well until it becomes soft and pliable. I think this took 20 minutes of me kneading…

5. Roll the dough into a ball and put it in a clean bowl. Ensure the bowl is big enough to allow the dough to rise.

6. Cover the dough with a damp tea towel and leave to prove for a couple of hours.

7. Watch T.V while the dough proves. Indulge in some wine. Return to the dough and it will have tripled, maybe even more in size. It is ALIVE! Ha.

8. Split into 3 balls and roll them out. Make sure you flour your board first or it will stick. I spent ages rolling it into a perfect circle only for it to get mangled when I picked it up to put it on a tray and it was stuck.

9. Top your pizza with sauce, cheese and topping.

10. For a cheap tomato sauce I use tinned tomatoes with paprika, a tiny bit of sugar, a squeeze of tomato puree, garlic and whatever herbs I happen to have in my cupboard. The beauty is you only really need half the tine for the pizza, so you can use the leftover sauce in pasta. Goes great with tuna.

11. Add toppings. Grated cheese works well, as does crumbled feta. I happened to have some feta in the fridge so chucked a little of that on. Baby tomatoes chopped in half Β are pretty yummy as is sliced up peppers and salami. I just use whatever is in the fridge really.

12. Bake at 180 in the overn for somewhere between 8 and 12 minutes. It depends how thin you rolled the dough and how much topping you put on.

13. Enjoy!

Posh Pizza for  'Date Night'

Posh Pizza for ‘Date Night’

I found this great fun to make with my bf and it cost a fraction of our favourite take away. It was great because we could decide exactly what we wanted on our pizzas and make individual ones so there was no fighting. It really is so easy to do and so much better than shop bought. We made this posh pizza shown above for a date night. On date nights we usually cook together and then watch a film or something together. This one had cheddar and feta cheese, salami, mushrooms, onion and some rocket on top. So yummy.

Have you ever made homemade pizza before? Would you be tempted to try this?

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6 thoughts on “Pizza on a Budget

  1. I used to love doing this at uni! You could fit so many toppings on and it really would cost so much less than getting one from Dominoes! I have fond memories of the fire alarm going off as I was kneading my pizza dough in first year (it wasn’t meee!) and being stuck outside in the rain whilst several of us tried to keep ‘the sacred pizza dough’ dry. Your picture made me want pizza so badly though! Yummy πŸ˜€ x

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    • Haha that is the best story ever! Protect the pizza dough! And yeah it’s way cheaper than take out and you can put whatever you like on it too. Most take out pizza has horrible thick crusts and I like mine thin and crispy. Mmm

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