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Student's Simple Pizza Recipe


A recipe I developed as a university student and with little practice, I quickly realised how much cheaper it is to make your own pizza than buy it from a takeaway! Students take note!

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  • -Dough-
  • 500g Strong White Flour (Plain Flour works in a push)
  • Pinch Salt
  • 10g Yeast
  • Two Table spoons Olive Oil (plus extra for proofing)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Water
  • -Sauce-
  • 500g Tomatoes – Salad tomatoes for thicker sauce or cherry tomatoes for a sweeter sauce
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 4 spoons Olive Oil
  • Handful of Spinach
  • Pinch Salt
  • Plain flour to thicken
  • *Sauce Flavouring Spices*
  • *1* Basil for a more Italian flavour.
  • *2* Garam Masala for a more indian/flavoursome option.
  • *3* Paprika coriander and pinch cayenne for Satchell Special Sauce.
  • To any, add Smoked paprika for an easy Stonebaked flavour.
  • -Toppings-
  • Toppings are up to individual choice.
  • Recommended: Cheddar cheese. Bacon. Spinach. Egg. Sweetcorn. Pepper.


servings 6
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 1mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Mix sugar and yeast with a little water and leave until it starts foaming.

Step 2

Mix salt and flour. Add Oil. Add yeast mixture. Mix well.

Step 3

. Slowly add water until dough is together but sticky. The wetter the dough - the nicer the pizza however the dough has to be malleable so you want a dough that is sticky but still forms a ball. If the dough is too wet flour can be added to balance the dough. When dough is ready knead the dough using hands or a machine. When ready fold the dough into a ball. Roll it into an olive oil lined bowl until the dough is completely coated – this allows the dough to rise without being stuck to the sides. Leave the dough for an hour or more to rise.

Step 4

Blend tomatoes. Add chopped garlic and olive oil. Add spinach and salt and blend again. Add chosen spices (see ingredients for recommended options). Add plain flour or strong white flour to thicken the sauce.

Step 5

Turn oven to maximum heat (traditionally pizza is baked a 400 degrees so push the oven to the maximum).
Split dough into smaller balls as per the size of pizza wanted.
Place pizza on a tray in desired shape. Bake for 5 minutes.
Add sauce to dough and bake for a further 5 minutes.
Add toppings and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until crust is brown.

Try baking on a barbecue for an amazing flavour. Make a dry initial dough and keep flipping the stretched dough on the bbq until dough is crisp. Add toppings and cover to trap heat

Leftover dough can be frozen and defrosted to be used at a later date

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