Week Twenty-Three: Nici's Easy Pizza Dough Recipe (and Delicious Tips & Tricks!)

Fancy whipping up a tasty, but easy to make pizza this weekend? Nici Wickes has you sorted!

Nici’s Easy Home-Cooked Pizzas

This week I’m sharing my super easy basic pizza dough recipe and a few of my rules to making outstanding pizza at home because as the warmer weather arrives, like clockwork I start craving home-cooked pizza!

Dough for 2 medium-large pizzas

  • ¾ cup warm water

  • 1 tsp instant yeast granules

  • 1 tsp raw sugar

  • 2-2.5 cups high grade flour

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

1. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm water in a large bowl. Leave it to froth/activate – 10 minutes or so.

2. Stir in 2 cups of the flour, salt and the splash of olive oil. Stir it with a butter knife until it’s a scraggy mess. If it’s still very wet add some or all of the remaining flour. Turn out and knead with a very light hand (it will be sticky) until it comes together in a soft ball. Oil the bowl and place dough back into it, cover with a tea towel or plastic bag (remember those?!) and leave somewhere warm to double in size – 45-60minutes.

3. When ready to use divide in two and press/roll out to a 25cm circle. Transfer to a tray. Add your toppings and cook in a HOT oven (240 C) for 15 minutes or until base is puffed around the edges, golden and cooked.

Pizza rules:

· Less is more when it comes to toppings - don’t weight the dough down with too many toppings

· Leave a 1-cm border of dough free of toppings so it can puff up unhindered

· Use less cheese than you think you need, it’s not necessary

· Cook in a hot hot hot oven - I set mine at 240 C

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