Pizza Base

I’ve made this base a few times for James and it has come out beautifully every time, so I thought I should share it with you all! I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food website, it is great because you don’t have to leave the dough to rise if you don’t have the time. The recipe is just the base, add some passata (I like to add olive oil, fresh basil and garlic to mine) and the toppings of your choice. The pizza below has bacon, chorizo and the remnants of a cheese board on it. It was delicious!


Ingredients: (Makes 2 pizzas)

  • 300 g of strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp of instant yeast
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 200 ml of luke warm water


  1. Place the flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the yeast, followed by the salt.
  3. Make a well in the flour and stir in 200 ml of warm water (not too warm or it’ll kill the yeast) and the olive oil.
  4. Bring the dough together and then turn out onto a floured surface.
  5. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth.
  6. If you are leaving the dough to rise, place it back in the bowl and cover it a tea towel.
  7. Base your sauce and toppings.
  8. Once you are ready to assemble your pizza, (knock out some of the air out if you left it to rise) split the dough in two and then roll out each half (make sure the surface is floured) to about 25 cm.
  9. Place each base onto a floured baking tray.
  10. Preheat the oven to 240°C / 220°C fan and place a pizza stone or another baking tray into the oven (near the top) to heat up.
  11. Top your pizzas.
  12. Cook the pizzas, one at a time, for 8-10 minutes, placing the tray the pizza is on on top of the pre-heated tray.
  13. Slice and enjoy!

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