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Homemade Goats Cheese, Artichoke and Olive Pizza

Homemade Goats Cheese, Artichoke and Olive Pizza

It’s very difficult to beat homemade pizza, but let’s face it – we don’t always have the time (or energy) to make a traditional pizza base from scratch.

This rapid recipe uses store-cupboard ingredients every home is likely to have.

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Approx. 150ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Coarse Polenta (optional)

Method

  1. Place the plain flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl.
  2. Rub the oil into the flour, in a similar way to making pastry.  I find you don’t get such a fine breadcrumb consistency as you do with pastry, but this does not matter.
  3. Using a knife at first, but finishing by hand, gradually add the water until the mixture comes together in a doughy consistency.
  4. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof paper (make sure it’s shiny side up! I made this mistake once and spent hours peeling paper off my pizza!) and sprinkle with the polenta if using.  This gives a more crisp base.
  5. Beginning in the air by tossing the dough from hand to hand, start stretching the dough.  When it starts to get difficult to handle, lay on to of the polenta and continue to stretch until the desired thickness is achieved.
  6. Top and bake your pizza in the usual way.