It is back to basics this month and I am exploring the beauty of a simple recipe, well done. No frills, no fuss, just plain old favourites prepared with the utmost simplicity. After some simple brownies and an old fashioned crumble, I wanted to share a savoury classic. Pizza. It is fast, cheap and convenient to order. So, most of us never bother making it at home. But if you do make it at home and realise how easy it really is to have pizza dough stocked up in your fridge and pizza sauce sitting in a jar, you might never order pizza from the store again. And the crust, oh the crust!
The recipe I am going to share with you today is a Jamie Oliver recipe. It is absolutely his recipe, pure and unadulterated. As much as I like to tinker with most recipes, his recipes I have found hardly ever need tinkering. This pizza dough recipe produces the most stunning crust I have ever had. Rolled and stretched out thin, it makes a crispy base pizza. Rolled and laid out thick and deep, it produces a fluffy deep dish pizza. The edges always crisp out and turn golden, the centre is always fluffy and perfectly cooked. There is no stodginess or heavy uncooked batter ever. It is quick to put together and forget about. It takes 15 minutes tops and is just gorgeous. Do give it a try and let me know how it went. I have included some lovely variations in my notes, something to get your creative juices in the kitchen flowing.