This is not an entirely genuine pizza recipe, but it tastes great, and it is close to the minimalist, traditional Italian version. You can use a bread kneading machine to prepare the dough, but I will also share how to prepare the dough by hand.
Ingredients for 4 pizzas
For the dough:
700 g flour
35 g fresh yeast
200 ml lukewarm water
100 ml lukewarm milk
50 ml olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
For the sauce:
2 x 400 g peeled and cubed canned tomatoes
3 tablespoons pesto or 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, a handful of fresh or 2 tablespoons dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
Your favourite toppings
Preparation by hand
1. Add the sugar to the lukewarm milk and add the yeast to activate it.
2. Pour the flour on the kneading board, sprinkle salt onto it and make a hole in the middle of the heap. Pour the milk with the yeast, the water and the oil into the hole.
3. Take a fork and carefully mix the flour into the liquids. Stir the dough with the fork as long as possible. Continue to knead the dough with hands dipped in flour until it stops sticking onto or hands.
4. Divide the dough in four parts and form rolls. Cover the rolls with a clean kitchen cloth and leave it to rise for 30-45 minutes.
Preparation by machine
Pour the liquids into the cauldron; add the sugar and the salt, pour in the flour and finally crumble the yeast on top. Start a kneading and rising program.
Pour the canned tomato into a pan; add the salt and the pesto and boil it. If you use garlic, first clean, chop up and sauté the garlic, and then add the tomatoes, the salt and the basil.
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius (480 degrees Fahrenheit).
2. Use a rolling pin to flatten the first roll of dough to the desired thickness. Spread sauce over it, add some toppings, place the pizza onto a baking sheet and bake it for 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the base.
3. While the first pizza is baking, prepare the next one, and so on.