Let's be real: Domino's is a magical place. These greasy, doughy pizzas come out all cooked with crispy pepperoni on top and rich tomato base sauce.
But one cannot survive on Domino's alone...there's Pizza Hut and Pizza Express and...I joke, I joke.
Homemade pizza is one of the best things ever. Even better than those little doughnut holes rolled in icing sugar and cinnamon. But unfortunately people think making pizza is a big undertaking.
Our family quite regularly makes our own pizza so I thought you might want to try it yourself at home. It doesn't take a lot and it can be popped into the fridge to rise slowly if you make it in the morning and want it for the evening. Or, if you're super sneaky about it, you can make it when you have loads of time, roll it out and then freeze the bases to be defrosted when you don't have loads of time.
Either way, it's damn tasty.
So let's get to it shall we?
Firstly, you're going to want to make your base with the following recipe which I found a long time ago online somewhere but don't ask me where because I just cannot say!
800g Strong Bread Flour
200g Pasta Flour
14g Fresh Yeast (7g Granular, Dry Active or Fast Active Yeast)
650ml Warm Water
4 TBsp Olive Oil
2 TBsp Sugar
1// Start by mixing your flours and salt together in a bowl.
2// If you're using a packet yeast then you'll need to add it to the warm water, olive oil and sugar to get it to activate otherwise, add your fresh yeast to the flour mixture by crumbling it into the bowl.
3// Add your olive oil, water, sugar and yeast to your flour and mix until combined.
4// Using a dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes. If you're kneading by hand, knead for 15 to 20 minutes until elasticated and smooth.
5// Let the dough rise for an hour, knock it back, divide it into portions for your pizzas and then allow the dough to rise for another 30 minutes.
Now you're going to want to stretch out the dough to make your pizzas.
In our household, we don't like perfectly round pizzas but if that's what you're into then you might need a bit of practice. I'm not talking practice so you can fling the dough around your kitchen like the Disney cartoon characters because that is just a bit of magical screen nonsense that's unnecessary in real life.
Don't be afraid to use some flour on your hands and surface but don't go overboard.
Once you've rolled it out and made it pretty, you can go for any kind of topping you want. You are the boss...the pizza boss so show that pizza who's boss!
When we went to Florida, we went to CiCi's Pizza. They have Mac and Cheese Pizza.
MAC AND CHEESE PIZZA.
It's amazing in everyway. So we tried to re-make it right here. My dad made a thin cheese sauce, cooked the pasta and piled them both onto the pizza base and popped some cheese slices on top. It turned out awesome, even if it didn't taste exactly like CiCi's.
Now, I'm not a preacher so I ain't gonna tell you what to put on your pizza but I do suggest...strongly...that you give this Mac and Cheese thing a go.