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Recipe for Pizza Base

1/4 cup warm water

1 packet yeast

3 1/2 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1 pinch salt

 

1. Pour warm water into a bowl, sprinkle yeast on top and leave for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and cover bowl. Put in a warm place for 5 minutes.

2. Put flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the centre, and then pour in the yeast. Add the rest of the water and the oil, and then mix until all ingredients are combined.

3. Knead to make an elastic dough.

4. Roll the dough into a ball and put in a greased bowl. Cover bowl with thick cellophane and leave in a warm place for 2 hours, to rise.

5. Divide dough into two. Roll out each half onto a floured surface till you have the desired thickness.

6. Make sure the thickness is even by pressing with your palm

7. Mould it into shape and pinch up the edges so it becomes slightly raised.

8. Bake lightly in a moderately hot oven.

 

 

Recipe for Pepperoni Pizza

 

Pizza base

400g tomatoes

100g anchovies

200g shredded mozzarella cheese

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 packages sliced pepperoni

 

1. Lightly spread the pizza base with (olive) oil. This will allow the toppings to cook. 

2. Peel & remove seeds from tomatoes, then dice or cook into a smooth paste (or simply use any tomato sauce or omit tomato and use different chesse instead)

3. Mix mince garlic, salt, black pepper in bowl and spread it on top. Add oregano, and basil to taste. Or, add your favorite herbs and spices.

4. Sprinkle mozzarella on pizza, followed by anchovies.

5. Then slice peppers, onion, olives, fresh tomato and put it on the pizza. Arrange some pepperoni (or sausage) on top or simply garnish with veggies. Add anchovies

6. Spread a little more oil and bake in an oven preheated to 350°F (180°C) for 25 minutes.

7. Cool for 5 minutes.

     Serves 8.

 

Note:

Cooking time may vary slightly, depending on your oven.

 

The History of Pizza

 

The pizza could have been

 

invented by the Phoeni-

 

cians, the Greeks, Romans,

 

or anyone who learned the

 

secret of mixing flour with

 

water and heating it on a

 

hot stone.

 

 

In one of its many forms,

 

pizza has been a basic part

 

of the Italian diet since the

 

Stone Age. This earliest

 

form of pizza was crude

 

bread that was baked

 

beneath the stones of the

 

fire. After cooking, it was

 

seasoned with a variety of

 

different toppings and used

 

instead of plates and

 

utensils to sop up broth or

 

gravies. It is said that the

 

idea of using bread as a

 

plate came from the Greeks

 

who ate flat round bread

 

(plankuntos) baked with an

 

assortment of toppings. It

 

was eaten by the working

 

man and his family because

 

it was a thrifty and

 

convenient food.