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Homemade Pizza

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Serves 1 - 2 Pizzas

A tried and tested recipe allowing you to make both the pizza dough and sauce completely from scratch

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  • For the Pizza Dough (enough for two 12 inch bases):
  • 550g of strong white flour
  • 7g of dried yeast (usually one sachet)
  • 1 tsp of table salt
  • 1 tsp of caster sugar
  • 320ml of luke warm water
  • Pepper to season
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • For the Pizza Base Sauce:
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pepper to season
  • Coarse salt to season
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed or finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • For the Toppings:
  • Grated cheddar and mozzarella
  • Toppings of your choice


    1. Sieve the strong white flour into a large mixing bowl, add the salt and pepper. Add the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil into a jug and leave for 3 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
    2. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the mixing bowl while stirring using a wooden spoon until everything is roughly mixed. Then, using your hands, further mix and knead the dough until it is elastic and slightly tacky but not over sticky. Place the dough in the mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size.
    3. Take the dough and knead it for a few minutes to take some of the air out. Split it into two equal parts. If you are only wishing to make 1 pizza then you can freeze the extra dough.
    4. For the sauce, put all sauce ingredients into a blender for 30 seconds until you are left with a thick, light red sauce.
    5. Flour a work surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it is roughly the size of the pizza tray you are using. Place the rolled out dough onto the tray and using your fingers, work the dough until it fills the tray.
    6. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and then add enough sauce mix to cover the base spreading evenly. Sprinkle on the grated cheese followed by your topping choice.
    7. Cook the pizza in preheated oven at 200C for 20 minutes and then serve.

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bethanyasmith42's picture
19th Apr, 2019
It worked really well! My only issue came from me deviating from the recipe - I used the dough to make one really big pizza and the base ended up a bit too thick - it still cooked fine, but next time I'll either make two pizzas or use less dough for one big pizza.
22nd Dec, 2018
In all my years of cooking this is the first pizza I have ever made from scratch. I halved the ingredients as I want to make just the one. After the cheese I topped with chicken and bacon. My husband said it was the best pizza he had ever had and please can you make more. Considering he was not a pizza fan that was a compliment. I did actually turn the temperature down to 190c and put in the middle of the oven and the result was perfect.
jptykes's picture
28th May, 2018
Simple to follow and very pleased with the results
6th Jul, 2017
Worked perfectly! I think the olive oil on the try was a brilliant tip! The whole family loved it
12th Mar, 2017
I've never made pizza from scratch before, and this worked perfectly! Thanks for sharing!
7th Nov, 2016
Do not make, i did this and followed all the steps. i was heartbroken when it didn't work as i was doing it for my boyfriends birthday. the top was cooked but the bottom was stuck to the tray and when i eventually got it lifted the bottom was still raw.
14th Mar, 2017
Hi there. I'm sorry this did not work out for you. I have always used a pizza try with holes to allow heat underneath and never had trouble. Cooking can sometimes be hit and miss.
8th Mar, 2017
Also I used a pan with holes in it
8th Mar, 2017
Hey I thought the same but if you brush your pan with olive oil before putting pizza base on it comes out great after
Pamela Comery
9th Oct, 2015
Using this recipe for the second time tonight. Kids love helping make their own pizza. Quick and easy.


28th Oct, 2016
what would happen if you leave the dough to keep raising, was hoping to make my boyfriend pizza for his birthday but im in uni late afternoon, i was wondering what would happen if i make it in the morning and what would happen when i get home, or if i make the whole pizza with topping and just put it in the fridge until ready to cook?
14th Mar, 2017
Really sorry I never replied to these. I never knew I had any comments.
28th Oct, 2016
This may sound weird but i was wondering if i make this pizza dough in the morning for the evening and after i left it rise i put it in the fridge would it keep rising or would it be ok, if its ok should i keep it in the bowl or spread on the pizza trays and keep in fridge til i need it?
9th Oct, 2015
Hi would suggest draining most of the liquid from the tinned tomatoes otherwise the sauce can be a little loose