I like pizza every now and then, like the one with red cabbage I made a little while ago (okey, I called it pie, but it’s more like a pizza). But when I make pizza on a weekday I normally use one of those packages, which is fine, but getting the right portion size is difficult and I usually end up with either trowing some in the bin or eating to much. Another option that I like is using Naan, a wrap or a pitta bread for a base, but sometimes you just want to pizza crust.
There are a lot of pizza recipes and I still have one or two that I want to try, but they take a lot of time to make (resting) and the amount I make is usually more then I need. I know I can freeze it, but my freezer is just filled already with snacks, tofu and bread. So I started looking for a recipe that could be made under 30 minutes and didn’t require any (or only a little) resting. So I started experimenting a bit with different recipes and ingredients and this is my result: weekday pizza 🙂
It only needs 5 minutes of kneading and 10 minutes or rising, while the dough rises you can fix the toppings and sauce. After that, only a short bake and you can enjoy your pizza.
- 350 gr. flour (I used spelt)
- 15 gr. sugar
- 5 gr. salt
- 240 ml. warm water (50 degrees celsius)
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 30 ml oil
- 1 can of tomato paste
- spices of choice (I used oregano, garlic, basil and pepper)
Mix the yeast and the warm water and leave for a minute or two while you measure the rest of your ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix in your oil and water/yeast-mixture. Start kneading that for about 5 minutes, by hand!. Yes, 5 minutes! By hand! Might seem like a long time, but I think it gives the best result.
I don’t like kneading with a machine or mixer, so I’m not even trying that.
Now my pro-tip for fast rising: the microwave! Yes,a microwave. Some people might think they are evil, but I really don’t care. Put a glass plate in the microwave and pour in 1 cup of very hot water. Place your dough in an oiled bowl (or just oil the bowl you kneaded in), cover it in clean film and place this on top of the glass plate and microwave for about 10 minutes on about the lowest setting of you microwave.
This is what mine looked like after 10 minutes, it doesn’t double but it poofs a bit. When your dough is done, flatten in with your hands or a rolling pin and bake it in a 180 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes. I feel that if you bake your pizza with all the toppings your base gets all soggy and I hate a soggy pizza! While you wait for your dough, you can prepare the ‘sauce’ for the base. Which is just tomato paste with the spices and prepare all your toppings. I was lazy and use a pre-cut veggie mix of mushrooms, leek and unions. My other toppings where cherry tomatoes and Cottage cheese because I wasn’t in the mood for mozzarella.
This is what mine looked like, mine poofed even better then I thought. Don’t know what I did, since it never poofed the well after that. So expect it to be a bit flatter then a normal dough would, but this is fast…
Start building your pizza with sauce, toppings, cheese and extra spices and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes (depending on toppings.
Mine actually is made with about 1/3 of my directions, but doesn’t this one look tasty!
OMG, look at that crust…. Better then the package right…