Sunday, October 05, 2008
Crispy Pizza Base
4 tsp instant dry yeast
300 ml lukewarm water
500g plain flour
1 tsp salt
Sprinkle the yeast into 100 ml of the water. Leave to dissolve for 5-10 minutes. Add about 2 tbsp of the flour and mix to a smooth paste then stir in the remaining water. Cover and leave the yeast mixture for about 30 minutes or until it is bubbling and foamy.
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast liquid. Using a wooden spoon, work the ingredients together by pulling the flour into the liquid until it comes together. Use your hand to transfer the mixture to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a round loaf. Leave to rise under a clean tea towel for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Punch down the dough and knead for a couple of minutes. Divide the dough into four balls. Press each dough ball out flat and using a floured rolling pin, shape into a 25-30 cm (10-12 inch) diameter circle. Using your knuckles, press just inside the edge to raise them slightly. Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7.
Add your toppings. Cook in the middle of the oven for 10-12 minutes or until crispy and golden and the base is cooked.
Note: I used my Kitchenaid mixer to mix the dough so I did not follow exactly the recipe here for the hand kneading part.
Posted by Hugbear at 12:36 PM