There can be no better way to cater for all your family’s dietary choices than pizza. Why is that? Because everyone can have their own made just the way they like it. Only the choice of toppings divide the omnis from the vegans. Of course you could make individual pizzas using a store bought dough/ crust and jarred sauce but you could also make your own. We made our own and it was so good!
Pizza crust: makes 2 crusts so I tripled it
1 cup sourdough discard
2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
1 tsp sugar
1 TBsp active yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
I just put it all in a mixer with a dough hook bad go these days. With a bit of extra flour if the dough stays too sticky. If you don’t have a stand mixer than plan B is mixing it by hand. This gets messy but is kind of fun. Just keep mixing it up with your hands until it forms into a ball nicely. Add a bit of flour if it is too sticky but know it will never be not sticky at all.
Oil a bigger bowl and put the dough in it to rise for about 1.5 hours with a towel over it and in a warm place. It should about double. While that rising let’s make the sauce.
Pizza sauce: (makes enough sauce for more than 6 pizzas)
2 cans (400ml each) of chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato puree
2-3 cloves of garlic – use a garlic press
1 tsp liquid seasoning
3 Tbsp mixed herbs
1 tsp black pepper
The first thing I did was put the chopped tomato into a blender to get it smooth. I have made it with the tomatoes unblinded but the kids like the tomato hidden. Add everything to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling well for several minutes, give it a stir and turn down to low. Keep it covered and let it cook down for about an hour stirring regularly (maybe every 5-10 minutes). About 30 minutes into the slow cooking tip the lid so the steam can escape. Keep it cooking until it has thickened up a bit. I find the colour goes to a deeper red when it is ready.
When the dough is risen split it in two and form into balls. Put it on a floured parchment and press it into a crust shape. Press from the inside out so the outer crust is thicker by a bit than the center. Put the crust in the oven (200C/ 400F) for about 5 minutes to get started. Take it out and put on your toppings of choice. Back in the oven for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is golden/ melted. Pull it out and cut on a cutting board. Let it cool a few minutes so you don’t scald yourself.