Call me strange, but I'm not a massive fan of yeast - the idea of it has always creeped me out. But herein lies a problem, it's a part of so many delicious things like bread and bread and did I mention, bread?
It's also in most pizza doughs. But then I discovered a nice way to make a pizza base minus the yeast. The result? A fluffy cross between a thin and a pan pizza that tastes a bit like a scone too. This dough can make one big pizza, two medium ones, or break it into four portions, flatten out and use it to make small calzones. Seriously it's dough good.
HAPPY YEASTER PIZZA DOUGH
Makes one large pizza or two medium ones.
1.5 cups of self-raising flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup of milk
Pinch of salt
In the bowl of an electric mixer (or a bowl with a wooden spoon if you're old-fashioned) put self-raising flour and a pinch of salt.
Make a little indent in the middle of your flour and salt mixture and crack your egg into this pocket. Add your olive oil. Turn on your mixer (or start mixing with that spoon) then gradually pour in milk.
Combine it all together until it resembles a lovely slightly sticky dough. With a bit of extra flour, flour your bench or board and roll out. If you're making a large pizza roll your dough till it's about 1.5 centimetres thick.
Top with your favourite ingredients and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked.
Tip: This makes a great garlic pizza base, so just add a bit of crushed garlic, some oregano, sea salt and a good drizzling of olive oil to make a delicious side bread for a pasta or salad dish.