Sometimes the need for a pizza just comes out of nowhere and you need to whip up a dough at short notice. All is not lost, the dough will not have such a complex flavour as one that has rested overnight, but you can still make a perfectly serviceable dough and go from mixing it to baking it in an hour.
Ingredients (makes 2 pizzas)
- 300gm White flour (1.5 cups)
- 200ml Water (4/5 of a cup)
- 6g Sea salt (1 heaped tsp)
- 8g Instant dried yeast (2 heaped tsp)
- 8g Sugar (2 tsp)
- 15ml Olive oil (1 tbsp)
- In a large mixing bowl, stir all of the dry ingredients together.
- Add the water and stir briefly.
- Add the oil and continue to stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Cover the bowl and allow to rest for 10 minutes
- Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes. As you knead, you will notice the dough losing its stickiness and becoming smooth and supple.
- Separate the dough into two equal parts and shape into dough balls. Sprinkle with flour and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for one hour.
- The dough is now ready to be used. Shape each ball into a pizza base, place on a floured peel, add toppings according to your favourite recipe and cook your pizza on a preheated pizza stone!
NOTE: Because the dough has not had much time to relax since being kneaded, these bases might spring back a bit when being shaped. If this happens, shape the base half way, then let it rest for 5 minutes before finishing.