Pizza Margherita Recipe

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Ingredients

For the base

  • 300g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
    (from a sachet or a tub)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce

  • 100ml passata
  • handful fresh basil
    or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping

  • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  • handful grated or shaved Parmesan
    (or vegetarian alternative)
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

To finish

  • handful basil
    leaves (optional)
  • Method

    1. Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.
    2. Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.
    3. Roll out the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
    4. Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

Oh Jinx!

Perhaps some of us more than others.

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(Disclaimer: Jinx would like to point out that this is, in fact, an unflattering camera angle, and that while she did just scarf a bowl of fishes, she is still a petite girl and her belly is actually quite in proportion to her head.)

These are the good German knives to own

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Friedr. Dick 1905 Exclusive Series 8-Inch Chef’s Knife:

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