Easy No-knead Pizza
For 1 pizza base, about 28 cm across:
1 cup body-temperature water
1 tsp Surebake yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 cups (275g) high grade white flour
About 1/4 cup extra flour for coating
With the ingredients on hand, you will find that this is a really quick pizza to make. From start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes!
Turn the oven on to 250 degrees C, with a rack above the middle of the oven, and a flat metal baking tray on it.
Measure the warm water into a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast, oil, salt and sugar. Mix well then add the first measure of flour. Mix this to a soft dough with a wooden spoon or stirrer. The mixture should be soft and slightly sticky. Sprinkle a little of the extra flour over the dough and form it into a ball. Leave to stand while you find and prepare your choice of topping ingredients. The dough will start to rise while you do this.
Place a large square of baking paper, on another flat metal baking tray.
Assemble your choice of pizza toppings. (Tomatoes and cheese are usually regarded as essential. The others are optional.
Sprinkle some of the second measure of flour over the soft pizza dough. Use the stirrer to lift the floured dough away from the sides and bottom of the bowl, and turn it onto the centre of the baking paper or the non-stick liner. Working with well floured hands, shape the dough into a ball, then pat it out into a circle 30cm across.
Drizzle a little oil on the dough and spread it evenly leaving the outer 2cm of the dough uncovered, add the toppings of your choice, finishing with grated cheese. Fold the edges of the pizza in to make a 1cm rim. Drizzle a little more oil over the topping ingredients.
Turn the oven down to 225°C. Open the oven door and carefully slide the pizza, on its baking paper or liner, onto the heated pizza stone or the heated metal tray. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the rim of the pizza is golden brown, then take it from the oven and slide the pizza off the baking paper onto a cooling rack.
Cut into pieces with a knife, pizza cutter or kitchen scissors and eat while warm. Enjoy!