Pizza Base

Making your own pizza base is worth the time and effort.  You could substitute the plain flour for wholemeal flour if you prefer.

Ingredients

25g fresh cake yeast or 15g active dried yeast
250ml luke warm water
Pinch of sugar
5ml salt
350g strong plain flour (or mix 150g plain flour and 200g wholewheat flour)

Method

Warm a mixing bowl with hot water and discard.  Place the yeast in the bowl and pour on the warm water.  Stir in the sugar and mix with a fork.  Leave to stand for 5-10 mins, or until the yeast has dissolved and starts to foam.

Add the salt to the flour and stir a third of the flour into the yeast mixture, stirring as you go.  Add another third of the flour, mixing until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl.

Sprinkle some of the remaining flour onto a work surface and start kneeding the dough on the work surface, working in the rest of the flour gradually.  Kneed for arounf 10 mins.  The dough should be elastic and smooth by the end.

Form the dough into a ball.  Lightly oil a ixing bowl and put the dough in,  Wrap a damp tea towel over the top of the bowl and leave the dough to rise for around 50 mins (or until dough has doubledf in size).

When done, kneed for a further 2 mins, then form into pizza bases.

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