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National Pizza Day: Ultimate Guide to Perfect Pizza Base & Toppings

In anticipation of National Pizza Day, what could be more delightful than mastering the art of pizza making at home? This year, celebrate this mouthwatering occasion by rolling up your sleeves and turning your kitchen into a pizzeria. We’re thrilled to share with you our tried-and-tested recipe that will guide you through crafting the perfect pizza base and topping to enjoy with your family.

National Pizza Day, celebrated annually on February 9th, is a heartfelt homage to the universally beloved dish that has conquered taste buds around the globe. It’s a day dedicated to the joy pizza brings into our lives, uniting aficionados and casual enthusiasts alike to revel in the variety and creativity that pizza represents. From the simplicity of a classic Margherita to the boldness of a pepperoni and even the innovation of veggie or exotic toppings, National Pizza Day is the ultimate excuse to indulge in your pizza passion.

As we pay tribute to the deliciousness of pizza on this special day, remember that it’s about more than just eating; it’s about celebrating the culinary artistry behind pizza creation. This recipe will give you the steps to achieve a flawless pizza base—the foundation of any great pizza—but also inspire you to personalise your pizza base with your favourite or new toppings. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a novice eager to learn, we think this recipe promises to elevate your pizza game just in time for National Pizza Day.

Celebrating National Pizza Day offers the perfect excuse to channel your inner chef and craft your own pizza masterpiece right at home. With this recipe as your guide, you’re all set to invite your favourite toppings to join in the fun. It’s your chance to get inventive, blending and experimenting with an array of flavors to concoct the pizza that speaks directly to your taste buds. This celebration is all about mixing, matching, and discovering the unique combination that makes your ideal pizza come to life.

 

Ingredients you will need for the Pizza Base  

 

Ingredients you will need for the Tomato Sauce

  • 100ml passata
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • handful fresh basil

 

Ingredients you will need for the Pizza Topping

  • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  • handful grated five counties cheese
  • handful cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • handful of pineapple chunks
  • handful of rocket or basil

 

Method

  1. First off make the base. To do this place the strong bread flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the yeast and salt. Then, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and mix together with a wooden spoon until it’s a soft wet dough. Then take the dough out of the bowl and place onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for 5 minutes until smooth. Place it back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave the dough to rise. How long you leave it to rise is up to you, for thin crust you don’t really need to leave it rise, but for deep crust you could leave it to rise for around an hour and a half.
  2. To make the tomato sauce, simply mix the passata, crushed garlic clove and chopped basil.
  3. Once you have left your dough rise, you need to give it a quick knead and half into two so you can make two pizza’s. Using a rolling pin, roll out on a floured surface about 25cm across, its best to make it quite thin as it will rise when cooking in the oven. Place on two floured baking trays.
  4. Pre heat the oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce over bases with a spoon. Lay the mozzarella cheese slices down, add the cherry tomato halves and pineapple chunks, then scatter the grated five countries cheese over the top.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Take out of the oven and serve with some rocket or basil on the top

The advantage of this recipe is that you can add any type of toppings, so if you want to add some spicy chorizos or pepperoni you can.

 

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