Pizza perfection

Pizza perfection

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From
At Home with Ben
Makes
5 pizza bases
Photographer
Mark Roper

Try using the Italian 00 flour, also known as pasta flour, to make these pizzas. You could use plain flour but I reckon extra-fine and high-gluten 00 flour is best if you like a lovely crispy base.

I cook my pizzas on the barbecue using a pizza stone – just try using a good pizza stone on your barbecue, and you’ll never dream of having a wood-fired oven again! You can also cook them on a pizza stone in a conventional oven – they’ll take around 10 minutes in a very hot, preheated 250°C oven.

I find that rolling the bases on baking paper makes them easier to handle as you move them to and from the pizza stone.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g italian 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
7g sachet dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
350ml tepid water

Method

  1. To make the dough, combine the flour, yeast and salt in a mixing machine with a dough hook. Add the olive oil and enough warm water to make a soft but not too sticky dough. Mix on medium speed for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in volume.
  2. Preheat your barbecue to 250°C, with the cover down, and place the pizza stone directly over the heat source.
  3. Knock back the dough by kneading it a few times. Divide the dough into five evenly sized balls.
  4. Spread out some baking paper and dust with flour. Roll out the bases on the paper until they’re about the thickness of a 20-cent coin. Don’t worry about the overall shape – I like them to be irregular.
  5. When you’ve added your topping, transfer the pizza bases to the pizza stone, leaving them on the baking paper – don’t worry about the paper burning. Close the lid of the barbecue, and cook for 5–8 minutes, until the pizza is crisp and the topping is cooked.
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