My Kind of Food

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When the question involves pizza, the answer will most definitely be yes. I was asked if I would like to make one of John Torode's recipes from his new book, My Kind of Food, Recipes I Love to Cook at Home. 

Dough you think I would really turn this down?

I choose to make Pizza because I love to make a mess, I love cheese and on a Sunday, there is nothing I would rather have for lunch. 

If making pizza has been on your to do list for a while, I would totally recommend this recipe. 

For the dough you will need: 
275ml warm water
7g of dried active yeast
1/2 teaspoon of sugar 
375g '00' flour, plus extra for dusting 
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus some got oiling

For the base:
1 x tin of chopped tomatoes 
Salt & pepper 
Toppings of your choice 

How to: 

Mix the water, yeast and sugar and leave for 10 mins.

For this part you will need half the flour, the liquid and a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Unfortunately I don't own a stand mixer. So I was the dough hook. I imagine this would be the only time in life where being Captain Hook would be a good thing. Anyway, after 10 minutes and a right arm that looked like Sam Warburton's, I think it was ready to leave to stand.

After 10 mins add the rest of the flour, some salt and oil and beat it up for another 5 minutes. 

Leave to sit for for 30 mins and grab a cup of coffee, all that beating is tiring. 

Once it's doubled in size, it's time for the fun bit. Slap the dough down and knead it like you've never kneaded anything before. (Make sure your surface is nice and floury) divide it into 4 balls and leave to rest for 10. 

In the meantime, make your tomato base. Heat your chopped tomatoes and add a sprinkle of mixed herbs, chilli flakes and salt and pepper. 

Now you have to roll your balls of dough out into perfect little pizza bases. 

Once done you can get messy with your toppings. 

I made 4 and went for: 
Tomato and mozzarella (had to be done) 
Tomato, goats cheese, and chorizo. (This one was DELICIOUS) 
Tomato, cheddar and pesto. 
Tomato, cheddar and olives. 

And remember, there is no such thing as too much cheese. 

Make sure your oven is preheated on the highest setting. Pop these on a hot baking sheet and cook until crispy around the edges. 

Add some basil leaves, pour a glass of wine and then eat like an Italian.

My kind of Sunday with my kind of food. 



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