Making Pizza in 2012!

Making pizza from scratch is one of the things on my list of 12 things to do in 2012 – and C and I had a go at this :).

They turned out pretty well – the bases weren’t crispy all the way through, but I think that’s because we baked them on normal trays on a normal oven setting – our oven has a “bottom heating” setting that we forgot to use, and I’ve been eyeing up these pizza trays from Lakeland that have holes in them to let the pizza cook from the bottom as well. I’ll let the pictures tell the story:

Pizza base

Pizza base

Sauce added

Sauce added

Dots of sweet pickle

Dots of sweet pickle

Slices of mozzarella

Slices of mozzarella

Broken bits of Stilton

Broken bits of Stilton

Ribbons of ham

Ribbons of ham

A topping of rocket

A topping of rocket

C's pizza ready to go into the oven

C's pizza ready to go into the oven

In the oven!

In the oven!

My pizza - finished!

My pizza - finished!

C's pizza - finished!

C's pizza - finished!

I had fun making a pizza that included sweet pickle and stilton – kind of Christmassy!

We are big fans of pizza, so I hope that this will become a regular fixture … maybe every Friday evening. That would be really nice. (And cheaper than pizza hut, even with “buy one get one half price” type deals).

What’s your favourite thing to put on pizza?

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3 Responses to Making Pizza in 2012!

  1. Hazelnut says:

    Looked amazing ’til you added the rocket :P. Not sure what my favourite topping is. Perhaps spinach and ricotta. But I’ve been branching out as time goes on – really liked the goats cheese and caramelised onion one from pizza express. I think it varies depending on mood…

  2. Anonymous says:

    PIzza stones are really the best way to get a good crust. You can use a “real” pizza stone or just buy an unvarnished tile, and then you let them preheat with the oven at 400 to 500º F (I use the bottom rack, but I also have an electric oven with a heating coil at the bottom, if you have a gas oven it might not matter where you put it). To get the pizza into the oven, it’s best to use either a peel (looks like a giant paddle) or an upside-down or rimless cookie sheet. Whichever you choose, generously dust it with cornmeal before making the pizza on it, that way it should slide easily (like little ball bearings!) onto the stone.

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