Pizza night

29 January 2011 · 2 comments in Food

Pizza night!

When I was growing up, my dad’s homemade pizzas were always an extra special treat. We used to experiment with different toppings and the results were always delicious. In James’s family, homemade pizzas go back to the first meal James’s dad ever cooked his mum.

Pizza night!

As a result, James and I have had a weekly pizza night for the past five years. The day of the week has moved around a few times, but for now it’s firmly settled on Sunday nights, and it’s a great way to end the week. I bought James a barbeque pizza stone for Christmas, which has made our homemade pizza even more delicious. Even though we use the same dough as usual, the result is much better: crisp on the bottom, and light and fluffy in the middle.

Pizza night!

We always make the dough from scratch. The recipe is from James’s family, and it’s a very loose, by-feel kind of thing. Just add more water or flour until you get the right consistency.

Pizza night!

Pizza dough (makes 2 pizzas)

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • almost 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable poil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of sugar

Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Add the oil to the warm water, then slowly add to the dry ingredients, mixing until you get a nice, slightly sticky, dough. Tip onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Put the dough back into an oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place under a teatowel for 30-40 minutes. Roll out onto trays or baking paper and add toppings. Bake on a pizza stone or in the oven at 225°C. Enjoy!

The best part is that there’s always leftovers for lunch the next day.

Pizza night!

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kelli ann January 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

what a great tradition to start!

my mom’s side of the family is italian… very italian… as a kid, whenever my mom or grandma made homemade pizza it was such an exciting (and delicious!) treat. you’re inspiring me to bring it back!

Laura March 12, 2011 at 5:31 am

Mmmmm! This looks so delicious, makes me want to make pizza, too. :)

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