It was pizza night last night at Chez Pear Tree, and, while I’m definitely a proponent of ordering in, I occasionally feel inspired to bake my own.
The first few times I tried making my own pizza (with a purchased crust), I placed the pizza proudly on the table, glowingly revealing that I had made it myself. Every time I was asked, “did you make your own [insert one] crust/tomato sauce/pesto/cheese/grow your own vegetables?” Sorry, I’m not that
capable ambitious. But I can make my own crust, now, which is something, I suppose. If that can help put any of the wind back in my sails.
Last night’s pizza was a little feta, spinach and zucchini number. And it was a gooder. It’s also incredibly easy. Here’s the recipe:
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Scoop flour into a medium-sized bowl, make a well in the centre and fill with yeast and salt. Mix water and oil and stir into flour, yeast and salt. Combine to make a sticky dough.
- Lightly flour work surface and knead dough for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic-y.
- Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
- After dough has risen, knead for one minute to knock the air out.
- Divide into four balls. Flatten each by gently pulling, kneading or rolling with a rolling pin.
- Place pizza dough on baking sheets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, sliced
¾ cup tomato-based pizza sauce
2 cups (or more, or less, according to taste) feta cheese, drained
salt and pepper
1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add garlic and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes.
- Divide pizza sauce between the four pizza crusts, spreading nearly to edges. Place zucchini slices on top and sprinkle with feta and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Bake at 425F for 20 minutes, or until cheese and crust start to become golden.
- Garnish with fresh, chopped spinach and serve.
Do you make your own pizza? I highly recommend it!
If you try this one, let me know how it goes…