Make your own pizza dough & sauce

RAM STERN
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013
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JENNIFER SOO

THAT'S AMORE: This homemade pizza tastes as good as any posh takeaway option and will soon become a firm family favourite.

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NEED TO KNOW

Main ingredient Flour
Type of dish Italian
Course Main course
Cooking time 2+
Serves/makes 8
Special options Vegetarian

"Obviously the quality of the ingredients is important but I think less is best," Ram Stern says of this recipe. "You feel the taste of the sauce and then just drops of other ingredients and that's what other people appreciate."

AUTHENTIC HOMEMADE PIZZA 

1 kg pizza flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon dried yeast
3 teaspoons sugar
600 ml iced water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Olive oil
2 x 400g tins tomatoes
Salt, pepper

For the dough

1. Combine flour, salt, yeast and sugar in a bowl.

2. Mix water and oil then add to dry ingredients.

3. Mix by hand or electric mixer. If mixing by hand, work the dough with one hand and rotate the bowl for six to seven minutes or until the dough is smooth and sticky. It should not stick to the side but still be sticky on the bottom of the bowl.

4. Transfer to a floured benchtop and cut into seven or eight pieces. Roll into balls, spray with olive oil and cover with foil.

5. Refrigerate for one to two days.

6. Before using, rest for one hour out of fridge. Roll out the dough, cut into circles and place on a floured baking tray.

For the sauce

1. Fry onion and garlic in olive oil until browned. Add tomatoes and season to taste. Cook for 30 minutes then blend until smooth in a food processor.

2. For toppings, spread a thin layer of sauce on dough base and sprinkle with mozzarella and toppings of your choice.

3. Heat oven to 250C. Put pizza in the oven and allow six to eight minutes to bake. Rest it for one to three minutes for the cheese to set.


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