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Recipe

Pizza party

Just a few ingredients and some elbow grease are all that's needed to make these bases ready for your pizza party, thanks to Women's Day. Assemble the suggested toppings, or create your own.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Pizza party
  • 1 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 2 7 g sachets dried yeast
  • 4 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ready-made pizza sauce
  • rocket, basil leaves, to serve
Toppings
  • 250 gram mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 200 gram ham, sliced
  • 200 gram pepperoni, sliced
  • 200 gram mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 180 gram bocconcini, torn
  • 8 slice prosciutto
Pecan pesto
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped

Method

Pizza party
  • 1
    Place water, oil and sugar in a small jug and sprinkle over yeast. Cover and set aside in a warm place 5 minutes. until foaming.
  • 2
    Sift flour and salt together into a large bowl. Make a well in centre. Pour in yeast mixture. stirring to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and set aside l hour. until doubled in size.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to very hot. 220°C (220°C fan forced). Lightly grease 6 pizza trays.
  • 4
    Divide dough into 6 balls. Roll each out on a floured surface to a 25cm circle (about 5mm thick). Transfer to trays. Spread l tablespoon of sauce over each base. Bake 5 minutes.
  • 5
    To make pecan pesto, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • 6
    TOPPINGS: Arrange toppings on platter with pizza bases. Add toppings of choice to bases and bake a further 10-12 minutes, until bases are golden and cheese melts.
  • 7
    Serve pizzas dolloped with pesto and topped with rocket and basil leaves.

Notes

To make your own pizza sauce, saute 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 tablespoon olive oil, until softened. Add 400g can whole tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon each of sugar, oregano and chilli flakes. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Season to taste. For vegetarians, add some char-grilled vegetables to the selection of toppings. MAKES 6

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