As many of you would agree, pizza is best when it’s made from fresh ingredients served straight out of the oven, preferably when you are sitting on the shores of Darling Harbour and someone else is cooking it for you. Wink, wink.However. . .you don’t have to be the next Jamie Oliver to take a shot at making your own pizza at home. Cooking pizza can be a great culinary activity for kids and a clever way to use up leftovers in the fridge. You can get creative with toppings and tailor the combinations to suit your tastes. The biggest challenge of making homemade pizza is, of course, making the dough! Once you’ve mastered pizza dough, you’ll be on your way to pizza perfection and be the envy of all your friends and family. So today, we’ve got an easy-peasy pizza dough recipe, just for you. And remember, if everything fails you are most welcome to come in and enjoy the hot, fresh and baked to perfection EAT LOVE PIZZAs right here in Darling Harbour.Let us know how you go!
PIZZA DOUGH (three bases)
375ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
2 tsp dried yeast
Pinch of caster sugar
600g (4 cups) plain flour
1 tsp salt
60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing
Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for five minutes or until foamy. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture is combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.
Brush a bowl lightly with oil. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place to rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
You can prepare this recipe up to one hour before rolling and pressing out the pizzas.