To press out a pizza base:

  • Put a couple of fistfuls of flour onto your worksurface.

  • Remove the dough from the paper. Be gentle with it and don’t squash it!

  • Once you’ve removed it, coat it with flour all over. 

  • Place the dough ball on the surface and press the air out of it from the middle, squashing the middle of the pizza but preserving a puffy 1cm crust round the edge. 

  • Place the base onto the back of your hands so it’s supported by your knuckles and pull it gently apart, stretching it outwards. Feel for the stretchiness of the gluten- when it begins to resist, turn the pizza 90 degrees and stretch it again. Be careful not to rip it. It should end up around 20cm wide.

  • You can use a rolling pin to roll the pizza bases if you prefer, or look up other methods on the internet. There are loads. Throwing it in the air is very effective and looks cool. 

  • Once you’ve stretched your base, you’re ready to cook it. 

 

You can cook a pizza in a frying pan or on a baking tray, or in your barbeque or loads of other ways… Here are the methods for the pan and the tray: 

 

Frying pan

The bottom of the pizza cooks first, in the pan on top of the hob (imitating the heat of a proper pizza oven floor). After this it goes under the grill and cooks on top, which mimics the extreme heat of the dome of a pizza oven. 

 

  1. Get the pan super hot on the hob. It doesn’t need anything in it. 

Get your grill super hot as well.

  1. Press out a base and place it into the pan. Be careful not to burn yourself!

  2. Put the tomato on the base, followed by the other toppings. Don’t overload it. 

  3. Once the bottom of the pizza has taken on some colour and is going crispy – this shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes – remove from the hob and place under the grill on the top oven shelf. 

  4. Grill the pizza for up to 2 mins again until the crust has begun to brown. 

  5. Your pizza is cooked! Eat it. 

  6. Repeat the process with the other dough balls. 

 

Baking tray pizza (or those oven-cook pizza non-stick things you can buy with holes in the bottom)

 

  1. Heat your oven to 200C with a small saucer or bowl of water at the bottom to create some steam.

  2. Dust a baking sheet with flour.

  3. Press out your dough and put it onto the baking sheet.

  4. Top the pizza with your toppings of choice. Not too heavy- you want to make sure the dough cooks through properly. 

  5. Place the tray in the oven and cook it until the crust has begun to brown. Check it after 10 mins and reduce the temperature to 175C. Should take 15 mins max. 

         

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