Monday, 14 October 2013

Delia Smiths Frying pan pizza

The cupboards were well and truly empty tonight and it was a struggle to pull anything together given the shortage of ingredients present. Then I remembered a frying pan pizza recipe from Delia's Vegetarian Collection.  It's takes minutes to make and although not a traditional pizza dough, I really enjoyed it once it was topped with various bits from the fridge.

For the base:
225g self raising flour
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp of olive oil
4 tbsp of water
some fresh herbs (optional) 

Heat the oven to 200ÂșC
Sift the flour into a bowl along with the salt, some pepper and the herbs. Make a well in the centre and pour in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, followed by 4 tablespoons of water. Now mix to a soft (though not sticky) dough – you may find that you have to add a further tablespoon or so of water to get the right consistency.
Next, prepare a floured surface, turn the dough out on to it and knead lightly before rolling out to a round to fit the base of a 9-10 inch frying pan. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil in the pan, place the circle of dough in it and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the base is lightly browned. Have ready an oiled plate and turn the pizza base out on to it. Then, after heating the remaining olive oil in the pan, slide the pizza back in and cook the reverse side for 5 minutes.
When the base is cooked on both sides spread the top with tomato puree add your desired toppings and cook in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

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