It is fair to say that I know a fair bit about how to make a pizza base, that is for sure. that's why I thought it was time that we talked about pizza base making at home.
In this post I am hoping to demystify the process, along with giving you some excellent alternatives, and also, really smartly, pushing you towards my boo in the hope you will give it a go (I am even on Amazon, dontcha know!).
So lets get started with the recipe, and more importantly, how much it costs!
What is the Price of a Pizza Base?
Great question, especially given we want to make this pizza base at home, rather than order in.
First up, the flour. I use Tipo "00" flour, which is a flour that is milled finer than Plain Flour, only Strong Flour really it milled finer.
I choose it because of its gluten content, which in general follows the same principle as the milling, and falls in between the two.
The gluten spends a lot of time in the fridge, and in my tests anyway, "00" flour works the best when left to prove in the cold.
You can buy this on Amazon (I do because I can buy it in bulk), details for that are below:
Because we bought it in bulk, the flour for each pizza will cost 28p.
Okay so that is a great start, but we can go one further.
We can also buy Bakers yeast on Amazon too, in bulk, which again will save us a large amount of cash (and hassle, free delivery y'all).
So if we add that to the flour costing, it costs so far, 40p per pizza base.
So were I am from Water is free, so I don't factor that in.
The Salt and Sugar are about the same cost, depending on were you buy them, and the split to one pizza base is less than a penny each, so I have added it to the base, which now comes out at 41p, per base.
Given if you order from a takeaway, it would cost £6.00 for a personal pizza (maybe more).
So that leaves you roughly £5.59 for toppings, it's a no-brainer really.
pizza base making at home – My Recipe
Pizza Dough Ingredients
450g "00" Flour
Pizza base making at home is really easy, so lets get started.
1. Put the flour into a mixing bowl, putting the yeast one one side, and the salt on the other.
Don't mix and match, it will kill the yeast!
2. Add in the sugar, and mix together thoroughly. The suagr feeds the yeast, so it is needed.
3. Add in the water and mix together until you get a light dough. It should be a bit wet, as the next stage will help with the tackiness.
4. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, or until it no longer sticks to your hands, and then shape into a round piece of dough.
Place in an oiled bowl, covered for 1 hour, in a nice and warm place.
5. After an hour the dough should be doubled in size.
6. Get the dough onto a work surface, and then cut into 6 equal sized dough balls.
7. Add these to an oiled tray, and cover with cling film.
Place them in the fridge for 24 hours, and then they are ready to use.
Why 24 hours? Pizza base needs time to ferment, the base will be delicious when you eat it, because you have poured so much time into it.
Pizza Base making at home – FAQ
So now we know how to make it, what do we do with it now? Below is a breakdown of the most common questions I get asked about Pizza Base making at home!
what is gluten free pizza crust made of?
Now my Gluten Free friends, you didn't think I was going to leave you out, now did you?
A popular choice of course is rice flour, but lets not forget the phase of cauliflower pizza base, which also has a low carb element to it as well.
Most recipes I have seen also require Xantham Gum, along with other types of powders and chemicals, but they are all food safe, so I wouldn't advise against buying and using them.
The main takeaway is the Gluten Free flour has no gluten, therefore the other ingredients are there to provide the structure of normal pizza dough
My main man Jamie has a great recipe, but there are hundreds to try out there!
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