Introduction: Home Made Pizza With Bacon, Mushroom and Onion
This is my own recipe, not that anyone can really claim a pizza as their own, I'm sure it's been done a lot already, but this is how I do it. Please note that the dough quantities I use makes enough for two bases, so you can put half in the freezer for next time.
Step 1: Ingredients
Strong white flour, 200 g.
plain white flour, 200 g.
dried yeast, one tablespoon.
honey, one teaspoon.
salt, half a teaspoon.
pepper, a pinch.
passata, enough to cover the base.
Mozarella, 250 g.
Mushrooms, to taste.
Streaky smoked bacon, to taste.
Onions, to taste (I used two).
Olive oil, one and a half tablespoons.
Remember, this recipe gives you enough for two bases,
Step 2: Get the Yeast Going
First put some Luke warm water into a small bowl, about 100 ml at a guess. Then put a tablespoon of dried yeast in the water, a teaspoon of honey and a slug of olive oil. Mix together and let the yeast rise for 10 - 15 minutes. It needs to be somewhere warm so I always put hot water in a mug and put the bowl on top. Works a treat.
Step 3: Mix the Flour and Stuff
While the yeast is rising from the grave, take the opportunity to mix the flours, salt and pepper together. Top tip: there's no need to bother sieving the flour. I makes no difference as far as I can tell. Obviously use some kind of bowl to make things much easier.
Step 4: Admire the Risen Yeast
Once the yeast has got lively, admire it and if possible show it off to nearby acquaintances. Then stir the mixture until, funnily enough, it's mixed well.
Step 5: Make the Dough
Pour the yeast/honey/olive oil mixture into the flour mixture and mix together by hand. You will need a mug of very warm water to hand to keep adding its contents to the mixture as you mix the mixture until the mixture becomes pleasingly moist yet dry enough to be removed from the bowl in one piece. Mixture mixture.
then sprinkle flour on your work top and knead with gusto for about 5 minutes, until it is smooth and pliable.
Step 6: It's Time to Rise, It's Time to Rise
Now take a clean mixing bowl, add a slug of olive oil then put the dough in the bowl, using the dough itself as a tool to smear the oil around the entire inside of the bowl. Cover the bowl in a tea towel or cling film, I used cling film for clarity, and put in a warm place to rise.
Step 7: Fry the Bacon and Onions
While the dough is rising, fry the bacon. You can fry it just in its own fat or add a bit of oil if necessary. Once the bacon is done, take it out of the pan and add the onions, which are chopped into rings, to the pan and fry until quite well done and perhaps a bit crunchy.
Step 8: It Is Risen
See how the olive oil has stopped the dough sticking to the bowl.
Step 9: Out Comes the Pizza Tray
Sprinkle flour onto the tray to stop the dough sticking whilst in the oven.
Step 10: Spread the Dough
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is roughly the right size then place on the tray, adjusting to fill it. Pinching it helps to move it around.
Step 11: Add the Passata
Add enough to cover the base but don't go mad. Also add some basil and a bit of oregano if you like, but basil alone is fine.
Step 12: Add the Cheese and Mushrooms
I usually put the cheese on before any other toppings (apart from the Passata). This allows everything to sink into it whilst in the oven. Add the mushrooms on top of the cheese.
Step 13: On Go the Bacon and Onions
Now just throw the onions and bacon on then put in the oven. I usually put the oven on about 220 and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 14: All Done
As you can see, it's now piping hot and ready to eat. Note the cheese which has spilled over the edge of the tray. This makes a tasty treat for the cook. Slice into slices and eat. You may watch TV at the same time, but it's better to eat at the table to develop social skills, I find. Hope you enjoy it.
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