Do you make your own pizza?
Perhaps the thought of kneading together all that flour, letting the yeast become active and rolling it out etc. etc. lead you more often towards buying pizza. Or just buying the pizza base to assemble your own ingredients upon.
Could I tempt you to simplify by mixing flour, some rising agent and water, then pressing into a tin or tray?
All right then.
Sift together 1½ cups wholemeal spelt flour with 1 teaspoon cream of tartar and ½ teaspoon bicarb soda. Add ½ cup of water to the bowl and combine. When the dough comes together (it doesn't 'knead' to be worked a lot. In fact it would prefer you to treat it somewhat delicately), press it into a tray. The rectangle one I use measures 24x30cm.
Now top it with your favourite ingredients. I used:
Caramelised capsicum because it was a Christmas gift sitting in the pantry, begging to be used when I found no tomato paste.
Kangaroo Mettwurst - thankfully quite low in fat
Ham from my Christmas leg.
Delicious Kalamata olives from our favourite estate - Verdale.
My own cherry tomatos, picked just few minutes before being pizzified.
Just keep in mind a thin, crusty pizza with minimal toppings. It won't cook beautifully if you crowd the base with too much food.
Bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes.
I top the cooked pizza with fresh basil picked from my garden.
My littluns don't eat everything I place on the pizza yet they never complain. In fact, they often request this meal, especially during the summer months. This suits me very well as it goes down beautifully with a fresh green salad.
This recipe has been a long time arriving here, but if you have tried to photograph pizza then you will realise why;) I am still not 100% happy with my pizza shots showing slightly shrivelled baked olives covered in melted cheese. Don't let that put you off, it tastes delicious and is a very simple meal. Considering photography of this pizza, I don't think I've done too badly - just needed that bottle of wine. It's not often seen at my lunch table with two little girls!
Now tell me, how are you going to adorn your pizza?