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Marcia and Richard's Pizza

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Pizza with Nat in the garden on one of the few days it did not rain that summer. July 2012.

Ingredients: 500 grams strong white bread flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 300ml warm water, 1 x 7 gram sachet faction action dried yeast, 1 teaspoon caster sugar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

Makes four medium sized Pizza's.

1. Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl, make a well in the middle. Mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil into the warm water. Leave for 5 minutes.

2. Now pour this mixture into your well in the flour. Using a fork bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid until in comes together.

3. With floured hands now knead the mixture on a work surface until you a smooth springy dough, this usually takes 5 - 10 minutes. Now place the ball of dough into a large flour dusted bowl and sprinkly on top with more flour. Cover the bowl with a clean damp cloth and place into a warm place for about 1 hour 30 minutes, until the dough has doubled in size. 

4. Once the dough has risen, again knead the dough on a floured work surface, knocking out the air. The dough can now be used straight away or wrapped in clingfilm and stored in the fridge until the next day.

5. When you are ready to eat divide the dough into four servings. Roll out one at a time (the unworked servings should be kept covered with a damp tea towel) on a floured work surface, roll to about 5mm thick. Now sit the rolled out pizza base on a oiled and then flour dusted pizza tray or baking tray. Let it sit for 10 - 15 minutes before adding your topping.

6. While the base is 'sitting' pre-heat the oven to 200/220C, gas mark 7.  Next evenly spread some tomato sauce* on to the pizza base, then add your chosen toppings. Season and drizzle over a little olive oil and cook in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes.