In Photos: Anatomy Of A Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza Ingredients
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His and hers homemade pizza

I’ve posted the recipe for my homemade pizza below. The the weeks go on, the more adventurous I tend to get with the ingredients. This one, a ‘his and hers’ pizza comes with goats cheese, onion, green peppers, jalapenos, tomato and basil sauce, beetroot, red cabbage, garlic and chilli. I was also looking for an excuse to test out the Canon 5D MK1 I’ve borrowed while I work on replacing my stolen Canon 6D. You can get the step-by-step pizza base recipe here, but here’s a look at how it all comes together.Grab the recipe here

Homemade Pizza Ingredients

First, you grab your ingredients.

Stirring In Yeast

I start by mixing 7g fast action yeast with 375ml warm water until completely dissolved.

Weighing The Flour

I weigh out 500g of type 00 flour.

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Adding Some Salt

I add a pinch or two of salt…

Adding Some Olive Oil

Then I add the salt and 3 tbsp olive oil to the flour…

Making The Dough

This gets mixed into a nice ball of dough, adding the yeast as I stir. You can sprinkle a little extra flour (of your chosing, I use tritamyl) if your mix is too wet.

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Kneading The Dough

Take the full mix out of the bowl, onto a floured work surface and gently knead for three minutes or so.

Transfer Dough To Oiled Bowl

Wipe some oil around a bowl and transfer the dough back to the bowl. You’re going to need to cover it with a cloth or cling film (the bowl) and leave the dough to rise for at least an hour.

Pizza dough, rested for an hour

An hour on, the dough has risen nicely.

Pizza dough, rested for an hour

I start by taking about a quarter of the mix (I prefer a thin base), sprinkling some more flour on the work surface, and I get to work, shaping my pizza base.

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Homemade pizza, shapes don't matter

Of course, shape doesn’t really matter now, does it?

Choosing pizza toppings

Choose your toppings. I start with a tomato and basil base and work up from there (I’ve got some red cabbage and beetroot in the near dish).

His and hers homemade pizza

Here’s the pre-oven pizzas, two small pizzas going into the oven on the one stone. They’ll cook away for 15 minutes on 200c.

His and hers homemade pizza

The ‘hers’ pizza. I didn’t give her the knife.

The 'his' pizza

The ‘his’ pizza. Of course the chef gets the bigger cut of things 🙂

And if you’re curious to the above. Here’s the setup in the kitchen…

Photographing pizza in the kitchen

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.