Sunday, October 02, 2011

Really, really easy pizza

We recently did some volunteer work with koalas in Victoria, and the volunteers took turns cooking dinner. In the past I'd only made this pizza dough recipe in small doses – enough for two to four people – but I had to scale it up to feed nine. Fortunately it went well! This recipe is really quick and easy, and doesn't require any faffing around with yeast, cake mixers or the like.

2.5 cups plain or wholemeal flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
about 1 cup warm water

Combine the flour and baking powder, make a well in the centre and pour the oil in. Mix together, and gradually add water until you have a dough. Roll or pat the dough until it is about 1 cm thick, then brush with oil, add topping of your choice, and bake at around 220 degrees C for about half an hour. (Makes enough for two hungry people or four not-so-hungry people.)

Usually I just put tomato paste, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella on top. But be creative – add whatever you like! You can also add herbs such as thyme or rosemary, or chopped sun dried tomatoes to the base to liven things up.

Emily the baby koala. (Thank you to Chantil for the pic!)

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