Food Porn Day: Homemade Pizzas

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Making bread (and I mean bread bread which has yeast, not banana bread) always sounds intimidating because of the whole waiting-for-the-dough-to-rise, which causes apprehension. Is it gonna work or not? I suppose I got over that fear when it comes to baking cakes, but there’s still a seed of doubt whenever it comes to bread.

Kneading the dough

Kneading the dough

Naturally, having easy recipes to work with helps, and I chose Karen Cheng’s easy pizza dough. I doubled the recipe and it worked like an absolute dream, so I’m happy to recommend it to anyone. The crust was golden brown with a nice crunch to it, and it wasn’t doughy or thick. It also held its own with the toppings, so bravo! I added a bit of thyme and basil into the dough, and that’s it. Other than that, I’d say throw on the flour during the kneading and rolling out process like flour is going out of fashion ’cause it’s gonna be sticky. It’s supposed to be a tedious process, but I find kneading to be really fun. Don’t bang it until you’ve tried it!

And yes, that is a terrible saying. I apologise.

Fully risen, yay!

Fully risen, yay!

Homemade pizzas are easily customisable, but of course, you could recreate your favourites from fast food joints. Make a Supreme with pepperoni and sliced capsicum, or a Bacon Cheeseburger with bacon (duh), barbecue sauce, mince and a truckload of cheese. Go vegetarian and add char-grilled eggplant and zucchini, pumpkin mash. Add on baby spinach leaves, and you get your dose of greens and iron. The world is your…. pizza.

Admittedly, that was cheesy.

Mmmm, load on the toppings and bake!

Mmmm, load on the toppings and bake!

As you can see from the photos, I still haven’t worked out how to get pizzas round. I’m blaming that on our house lacking a proper pizza stone, but in truth, I just don’t have much practice in it. Oh well, I’m not getting any points for the shape of my pizza. In any case, rectangular ones taste just as good.

Or I could just make pizzas twice as often!

Round pizzas are overrated.

Round pizzas are overrated.

Homemade pizzas are great for picky eaters, and all the more so if you’re trying to feed some of them. You could even just lay out the toppings and get them to make their own! Have fun!

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About saphster

Twenty-two year old who loves coffee and chocolate too much for my own good. I bake in my free time and read food blogs until late in the night (avoid this; it causes hunger pangs!). If I had a bucket list, it'd consist of places that I'd like to dine at. I would love to learn about authentic French cuisine and I wish I could master making macarons - they're too darn intimidating. I whine about how unhealthy some foods can be, but I pack away dessert like I've been starving myself. This isn't much of a secret, but I adore McDonald's breakfast and French fries. I know I shouldn't! Oh, and I believe no one should eat mediocre food that they don't enjoy because it's not worth the calories.
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4 Responses to Food Porn Day: Homemade Pizzas

  1. I made some pizzas this week: sausage and tomato sauce with cheddar, caremelised onions, goats cheese and roasted peppers and margarita. They were amazing. I love making dough, done it so many times I don’t even measure anything any more – you just get to know how it should feel. These look really yummy ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Beste says:

    So how did that pizza with the eggs & prawns work out?

    • saphster says:

      It was actually delicious, but I might be biased since I love both eggs and prawns! And you know what’s perfect with them both? Thousand Island dressing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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