Homemade Pizza with #NowCookIt

by - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Homemade Pizza with #NowCookIt
I love experimenting in the kitchen. I also love spending time with S, which is a good thing really seeing as we live together. Putting those things together means we get together every now and then to create something delicious!

Whether that's Ninjabread Men, a Gingerbread house, Jane Patisserie's Terry's Chocolate Orange cookies or, in this instance the Co-op and SortedFood's #NowCookIt Build Your Own Pizza!

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I've been a big fan of the SortedFood guys for a few years now and often sit enjoying a video or two from their YouTube channel. When I saw they'd teamed up with the Co-Op and created #NowCookIt I was so incredibly excited to try some of their recipes! 

It's very rare S gets a weekend off work. Whether that's just a Saturday, a Sunday or the whole weekend. When he does, I like to plan something extra special for dinner. Last weekend I decided we would try making our own pizzas (again). This is the second time we've tried this recipe, and probably the 5th time in total that we've made our own pizzas - It's something we both enjoy doing and the end result is usually pretty successful. 

Before discovering this recipe I found myself buying premade pizza bases and jarred sauces. Although resulting in a very tasty pizza at the end of it, I never realised how easy it was to make these things from scratch! 

For the sauce, you'll need:
400g Chopped Tomatoes
1 Onion
1 Garlic Glove

For the pizza dough you'll need:
500g Strong Bread Flour
1tsp Garlic Granules* 
7g Fast Active Yeast
300ml Warm Water
*optional, but trust me. It makes such a difference!

I tend to make the sauce and dough ahead of time. For the sauce, you want to finely chop your onion and garlic, soften the onion in a small amount of oil before adding your onion. Once cooked chuck in the tin of chopped tomatoes a generous amount of oregano and cook for 15 minutes. How simple is that? 

For the dough you want to add your strong bread flour, garlic granules and fast active yeast to a big mixing bowl, now gradually add your warm water and mix. I find it's a lot easier to mix in a KitchenAid with the dough hook attached. Once all the ingredients are combined you want to begin kneading your dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes or until your dough bounces back. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with clingfilm in a warm room for 60 minutes.

You'll have enough sauce and dough to make 2 medium pizzas or 1 very large pizza. I'll be honest, I was quite surprised by this. 
S and I are both very much "the more toppings the better" type of people. So I tend to make sure we've got plenty of veggies and some sort of meat to top our pizzas with.

This time we had: 
Chargrilled chicken
Green Pepper
Red Onion
And of course, mozzarella.

Homemade Pizza with #NowCookIt

As we don't have a round pizza tray we opted to use both of my baking trays and make our pizzas rectangular. S even had a go at spinning the dough on his finger like a proper Italian - It was hilarious! Thankfully he didn't drop it on the floor.

I realise our pizzas don't like professional but trust me when I say, it was honestly the best pizza I have had in a long time and it took just 14 minutes at 220c to cook.

We definitely won't be buying premade frozen pizzas again and I'll definitely be thinking twice about ordering Dominos next time we're craving a takeaway!

If you want to make your own pizzas head on over to the #NowCookIt website and try to Build Your Own Pizza

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  1. This looks delish! I'm so hungry for pizza now haha.

    x Annabelle

    1. I want to eat it all over again! It was so good :D

  2. It looks SO yummy!! I love PIZZA! <3



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