I have so many families that have said to me in the past that they don’t have the time to do this, but I beg to differ…
Firstly the dough takes 5 minutes maximum to make, 30 minutes to rise and yes then putting on a topping and baking…another 18 minutes (approximately) Not long hey? Surely that is the time it takes for a family to decide firstly what cuisine they are having? Who the takeaway is going to be, ordering and then waiting? Thing is…the great thing is, YOU and your FAMILY have made it and put on exactly what you want on it!
That’s really what I wanted to show you in this write up and when I went on my regular slot with Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester a couple of weeks ago. It’s a great recipe to do together as a family and more to the point, the one we did here cost roughly around 85p-£1 per pizza! Bearing in mind my plain flour only cost me 45p for 1.5kg bag!
So imagine if it was just cheese and tomato, or another vegetarian option? Would be a lot more cheaper too! This week is half term, so why not have a go at making them or even on a weekend sometime.
Roast BBQ Chicken Pizza:
Ingredients ( Makes two large pizzas)
– 500g Plain flour
– Good Pinch of Salt
– A drizzle of Rapeseed Oil or Extra virgin Olive Oil
– 1 Sachet of fast action dried yeast
– 350ml of warm water added a bit at a time
– Roughly 1/2 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes (400g tin)
– 1 heaped Tbsp Tomato Puree
– A few Herbs such as Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary etc chopped
– BBQ Sauce
– Leftover Roast Chicken
– Bag of Grated Mozzarella (250g)
– 1 Sliced Green Pepper
– 2 rashers Chopped cooked Bacon
– 1 Red Onion sliced
* Get a Large mixing bowl and add all dry ingredients into your bowl. Pop in a drizzle of your Oil and then start to add in your warm water bit by bit.
* With a Wooden Spoon, use the Handle to mix, not the spoon end as this is much easier, trust me!
* Start to mix your Dough together, you’ll feel it starting to Gel. Keep adding your water until you have a nice dough texture. Too wet, you need to add a little dusting of flour.
* On a floured work surface, just bring the dough together with your hands, kneading only slightly.
* Leave the dough in the bowl, cover with a warm, damp tea towel and place in a warm place. I put mine in the Airing cupboard. Leave for about 30-45 mins to rise.
* Bash together with a fork in a bowl or in a Food Processor your Tomato Puree, Tomatoes and herbs.
* Preheat oven to 200c
* Once the Dough is ready, Sprinkle some flour onto a work surface and shape the dough out flat using your fingers as thin as you can. You can put onto a tray first if easier.
* Add the Tomato paste allowing to leave an inch all around the Pizza. Add on top the bbq sauce, not too wet though.
* Pop on a little cheese, then veg, meat and cheese again. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until pizza is done.