Pizza for a hungry one

Yumm... pizza

Yumm… pizza

Saturdays begin early for us in this household. Ashraf has to be at the pool by 5.45 am for his morning training session. Hubby goes running.  Sometimes I go with them to the pool, but usually prefer to stay home to finish household chores and prepare post training snack. Ashraf has lost a lot of weight since undergoing this training, so I have been trying to keep up with his nutritional needs. Tonight, he has a yoga session, and this is sometimes followed by another quick swim.

Pre-swimming breakfast is usually very straightforward. He has a bowl of oatmeal with sliced bananas, 2 soft boiled eggs and a glass of milk. After swimming he has a bottle of chocolate milk and whatever snack I manage to rustle up. Today, it’s pizza.

The recipe for the pizza dough comes from thepioneerwoman website. I love her website for quick meal ideas, and she is super funny too!

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Basic Pizza Dough (Though pw says this can be made into 2 pizzas, I find that it can make 3 rather large pies!)

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 sp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  1. Sprinkle yeast on top of warm water – leave for it to bloom (I add a tsp of honey to help the process)
  2. Put flour and sea salt in mixing bowl and mix well. Add olive oil and mix in gently. Add yeast mixture and start kneading.
  3. The dough is soft and slightly sticky. Oil the mixing bowl, toss the dough in and coat it with the olive oil and leave covered with damp tea towel. It will double in size in about 1 hour.
  4.  Punch the dough down. Take 1/3 of the dough and stretch it with your fists. Lightly oil your baking pan, stretch the dough on the pan as thin as you can.
  5. Heat the oven to 250 degrees celcius.
  6. Spread the dough with tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese (1 use a mixture of mozzarela, cheddar and emmental)
  7. Add any other topping you like – try not to overload the pizza.
  8. Bake in the bottom of the oven, at the lowest tray holder for 15 minutes, move the pizza to the middle of the oven until the cheese bubbles and the dough is golden.

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Quick Pizza Sauce

  • 1 small can of Hunt’s tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 3 chopped garlic
  • a teaspoon of Italian herbs mixed
  • a dash of honey to balance the acidity
  • salt (if needed)

Mix the above and leave in the fridge for as long as you can to let the flavours marry.

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Seasoned Minced Beef (topping)

  • a handful of minced beef
  • a teaspoon of olive oil
  • a big pinch each of dried oregano and italian herbs
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the olive oil and sautee the mince until cooked, add the herbs and season to taste.

I usually save the rest of the dough in the fridge and leave it in there (up to 3 days) and either make mini pizzas for his lunch pack on Monday, or make another pizza for our movie night treat (with a different topping of course!)

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About mumstech
Retired at 40 after working in various industries including banking and financial services, oil and gas as well as higher education.Now a stay-at-home mum, cheerleader for husband and son, cleaner, nutritionist, cook, laundry lady, driver, clerk cum administration assistant, public relations, personal assistant... I never knew that squeaky clean floors can give me such satisfaction!

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