From the dough to the toppings, dream up your own delicious pizza creation.

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Serves:  4
Fresh from the garden:  Seaonal vegetables and herbs
Season:  All

Serves: 4

With pizza on the menu, it's time to get creative!

Ingredients

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  • Pizza dough
  • For pizza toppings experiment with ingredients such as:
  • Equipment

    What to do

  • To make the dough

  • 1. Place the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk and leave for 5–10 minutes until frothy.

  • 2. Add the 2 teaspoons of oil to the yeast mixture and mix well.

  • 3. Place the flour, salt and yeast mixture into a large bowl and mix together, then tip the dough out onto a floured bench and knead with your hands until it feels smooth and elastic.

  • 4. Brush the inside of a large bowl with a little of the extra virgin olive oil. Put the pizza dough into the oiled bowl, cover with a clean, dry tea towel and put in a draught-free place until the dough has doubled in size. This process, called ‘proving’, will take at least 1 hour.

  • 5. Tip the risen dough onto the workbench and knead briefly, then shape it into a round ball and return it to the bowl. Cover the bowl with the tea towel again, and leave for at least 20 minutes.

  • 6. Preheat the oven to maximum.

  • 7. Prepare your toppings while you wait for the oven to heat up – slice fresh vegetables thinly, grate or crumble cheese, remove olives from pips etc. Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.

  • To assemble the pizza

  • 1. Scatter some flour on the workbench and roll the dough to form a thin disc about 26 cm in diameter.

  • 2. Assemble the pizza directly onto the tray (again, flour the tray first).

  • 3. Arrange your topping on top.

  • 4. Drizzle the pizza with the last of the oil, then place the pizza in the oven.

  • 5. Your pizza will need to bake for about 10–15 minutes, depending on your oven.

  • 6. Transfer the cooked pizza to the board using the wide egg lifter.

  • 7. Serve the pizza with fresh topping if you like, such as a handful of washed rocket leaves and parmesan.

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