This homebaked pizza recipe will make four 8" pizzas using staple ingredients from your kitchen cupboard.


For the dough:

500g strong plain flour or 00 flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried yeast
400 ml lukewarm water

For the topping:

250 g tomato passata, mixed with a little tomato puree and/or pesto
150 g grated cheese (or torn mozzarella)
Additional toppings of your choice, eg ham, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, onions, courgettes, olives, herbs, etc


  1. Sprinkle yeast into water and stir. Leave for 5 minutes until bubbles begin to appear.
  2. Sieve flour into a bowl and add the salt.
  3. Pour water/yeast into the flour and mix together to form the dough.
  4. Tip onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes by hand or 6 minutes in a food mixer with a dough hook.
  5. Place in a large oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour (or in the fridge overnight) until doubled in size.
  6. Knock back the dough on a floured surface and cut into 4 equal portions.
  7. Cover while preparing your toppings.
  8. Preheat the oven to 230C/gas mark 7-8.
  9. Stretch or roll the pizza dough and place it on a baking tray before spreading with the tomato sauce and your choice of toppings.
  10. Bake near the top of the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Makes four 8" pizzas.