Pizza Bolognese with Homemade Pizza Base
Believe it or not, even though I have done plenty of baking in my time, I have only just recently started baking bread. For some reason working with yeast just seemed like it was going to be too hard, man was I stupid! In a short space of time I’ve gone bread crazy, having made several loaves of bread and now onto pizza bases! And one of my all time favourite pizzas to make at home is Pizza Bolognese.
Firstly I need to do a shout out to Blueberry Kitchen, because it was one of her recent posts with an easy one bowl crusty white bread recipe that got me started on all this. Baking your own bread is surprisingly so easy! A little kneading, a little resting, a little baking and you have beautiful crusty bread with a soft and fluffy inside. Once I got started I decided to tackle something that I’ve been wanting to make for ages, homemade pizza bases. Basically the same recipe as the bread, but with one proof before topping and cooking quickly in a very hot oven.
One of the greatest things about pizzas are that there are endless possibilities for pizza toppings, whatever you like, chuck it on. For the record, my all time favourite pizza topping is a classic tomato, prosciutto and mozzarella topped with fresh rocket, but the problem is I don’t always have those ingredients on hand. One thing I often do have in the house though, is leftover bolognese sauce (whenever I make a bolognese I make a big batch and store extra single portions in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal) and that leftover bolognese makes a great pizza! Think about it, dollops of bolognese, surrounded by oozy mozzarella on a crispy pizza base – heaven!
Pizza Bolognese with Homemade Pizza Dough
This recipe makes enough dough for 4 small individual sized pizza bases or 3 medium sized pizza bases
– 7g (1 packet) dried yeast
– 1 cup warm water
– 1 tsp sugar
– 400g OO flour
– 2 tsp salt
– 3 tbsp olive oil
To make the pizza dough, mix together the yeast, sugar and warm water and set aside for 10mins or until frothy on top. In a bowl mix together the flour and salt. Add the olive oil and the yeast mixture and mix until it comes together into a dough. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for 10mins or until smooth. The trick to kneading is to use your palm, pressing down from the middle and pushing outwards, you then fold that piece back over onto the ball of dough, give it a quarter circle turn and repeat.
Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 45mins-1hr or until doubled in size. Knock back the dough by kneading lightly for 1min. Divide the mixture into the amount of bases you are making (either 4 small or 3 medium) and then using your palm and fingertips press the dough out into a circle to make the pizza bases. If you prefer you can roll it out using a rolling pin, if its sticky pop the cling wrap over the top of the dough before rolling.
– 1 small pizza base
– 2-3 tbsp tomato passata
– Olive oil
– 1/4 cup bolognese
– Grated tasty cheese
Preheat the oven to as hot as it can go, 230-250 degrees celcius. Place your prepared pizza base on a baking tray. Spoon on the passata and spread over the base leaving a 2cm edge around the outside. Sprinkle over a small amount of grated tasty cheese. Add the bolognese in dollops around the base, and then add torn pieces of mozzarella over the top (don’t go overboard with the cheese, I know its tempting!). Drizzle with a little olive oil and cook for 10-15mins in preheated oven or until base is golden and the top is bubbling.