24 hour pizza dough (v)

I’ve long read about slow proving of dough – where you leave it to rise slowly in a cool environment – but until now I’d never done it. However the imminent expiry of a pack of quorn pepperoni inspired me to try it out. I mean, how else would I have been able to put home made pizza on the table by 6pm when I don’t get home from work until 5.15pm?! The dough was a triumph. Chewy and tasty and easy to work with. I’ll definitely be doing this again.
The dough recipe below makes a LOT of pizza but as I planned to eat it up over the next few days for lunch this wasn’t an issue. If you don’t want to feed the 5000, or be eating it for days afterwards, either freeze the dough you don’t use or make a half recipe.  
For 4-5 pizzas you need
1kg plain flour (don’t worry about it being strong or 00 or whatever, bog standard plain flour is just fine)
14g dried yeast, the sort you don’t need to reactivate in water first
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
600 ml water
4 tbsp olive oil
Place everything into the mixing bowl of a food mixer with a dough hook and leave the machine to knead for about 10 mins or until the dough has become elastic and pliable. Alternatively work out your frustrations by mixing by hand.
Turn the dough into an oiled bowl (I just use the kenwood bowl to save on washing up!) and cover with oiled cling film. Leave in the fridge for 12-48 hours until you need to use it. When you’re ready to use it, knock back gently and then cut off and shape the dough you need. If you want to freeze the dough, cut into portions and wrap and freeze. Leave to defrost thoroughly before using.
Shape into pizzas and top with whatever you fancy. Bake in a hot oven for 20 mins or so until risen, crispy and delicious.

Leek and Roquefort Pizza Bread

I am not sure I want to eat this any time soon as I overdosed on cheese, especially Roquefort, in France. But it looks like a lovely recipe. And my cheese ban will soon be over as I can’t resist the soft, salty, creaminess of Roquefort for long! This is another @riverfordveg recipe.

300g bread flour
7g sachet yeast
1 tsp salt
180ml warm water
1.5 tbsp olive oil

3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 green chilli, halved
25g butter
2 small leeks, sliced
30g parmesan
100g grated mozzarella
2 tbsp each of finely chopped parsley and oregano
60g Roquefort or other blue cheese, crumbled

Begin by infusing the oil with the chilli and garlic. Then make the dough. Add the yeast and salt to the flour and then add the oil. Add enough warm water to make a soft dough and knead lightly for 10 mins or so. Leave to prove for about an hour then knock back and divide in to four.

Meanwhile cook the leeks in the butter for about 10 mins. Pre-heat the oven and stretch the dough out on to two baking sheets/pizza stones. Brush with the infused oil and scatter the herbs over the surface. Add the leeks and then finish with the cheeses. Bake for 12-14 mins till golden and then scoff.

Butternut and Rosemary ‘Pizza’ with Feta

This is an adaptation of a Good Food recipe, which uses naan bread for speed so is a quick after work dinner.

For 4 portions you need:
4 naan breads (I like the round ones from M&S or Waitrose)
olive oil
1 butternut squash, cut into a small dice
2 red onions, sliced
3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 block feta (omit for a vegan version)

Roast the squash in the oven with the oil, onions, rosemary and half the balsamic. After about 20 mins, scatter the squash over the naans, season and add the feta. Bake in the oven for a further 10-15 mins till the feta is lightly browned and the squash and onions are caramelised. Drizzle over the remaining balsmaic before serving with a green salad. Delicious!

Pizza Express-esque Bruschetta

I am addicted to this. Every time I go to Pizza Express I order it. I worry it will get boring, or taste different but every time it hits the spot… This version is not the same. I swear they must add crack or heroin to their pesto, but it’s a good substitute all the same.

For 2 greedy portions you need:
1 garlic flat bread (either one each or 1 large one to cut in half)
1/2 tub good quality fresh pesto either home made or premium brand
2 ripe tomatoes
1 small red onion
pine kernels

Heat the garlic bread. Meanwhile chop the tomato and onion. Place in a mixing bowl and add the 1/2 of the pesto. Mix gently. When the garlic bread is done, place on a plate and top with the tomato/onion/pesto mixture, dropping teaspoons of the extra pesto on to the bread. Scatter over some pine kernels and scoff.


Whilst I do like a Pizza Express pizza, I also like a home made one from time to time.

Today we made mushroom and blue cheese;

onion relish, goats cheese and pepper pizza

anchovy and olive

along with a plain cheese pizza for Mr Fussy. Oh and some dough balls with garlic butter.

From start to finish it took about 90 mins to make the dough, prove it, top them and cook them.

You need:
700g plain flour
2 sachets easy blend yeast
about 350 ml warm water
3 tbsp olive oil

Mix together and knead for 10 mins (or cheat and use a food mixer) then leave to rest for about 15 mins. Roll out and top.

2 cans Provencal tomatoes (or don’t cheat and make a sauce by sauteeing an onion and some garlic in olive oil for 10 mins then adding a tin of chopped toms, some sugar, some balsamic vinegar, a sprig of rosemary, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 mins till thickened then remove the rosemary and blitz to a puree.

Bake the pizzas in a hot oven for about 30 mins.

For the dough balls, roll left over dough into balls and bake for about 10 mins. For the garlic butter mix 1 clove crushed garlic into 100g butter. Season to taste.