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Overview
Another family favourite. This is a cold dough, so it rises very slowly. Add whatever toppings you like – we have some suggestions.

Use plain flour, pizza or bread flour, pasta dura flour – whatever you like!

Time
Dough takes 5-10 minutes to make, then several hours to rise. Once assembled, the cooking time is 15-20 minutes.

Dough ingredients: 4 adults
4 ½ cups flour
1 ts salt
1 ts yeast
¼ cup olive oil
1 ¾ cups cold water

Optional:
1-2 TB Italian herb mix
Food colouring

Dough ingredients: 6 adults
6 ¼ cups flour
3 ts salt
1 ½ ts yeast
⅜ cup olive oil
3 ½ cups cold water

Optional:
1 ½ TB Italian herb mix
Food colouring

Topping ideas:
Sauce: Any combination of BBQ/tomato/passata with or without garlic
Sprinkle of smoked jerky pieces
Dried tomatoes
Deli meats
Thin onion slices
Mushroom
Capsicum
Pineapple
Gherkins
Prawns
Anchovies
Olives
Grated cheese

Equipment
Benchtop mixer, rolling pin, baking trays – it’s great to have one per pizza

Method
1 – Place flour, salt, yeast and olive oil into the benchtop mixer. Add about half the water, then start mixing with a dough hook. Drizzle the rest of the water in, leaving to mix in between. Stop when a firm dough is formed.

2 – Divide the dough into portions. Leave, covered, on the bench to rise for 2 – 3 hours

3 – Prepare toppings in small bowls, ready for some serious sprinkling

4 – Preheat oven to 210° C with shelves as high as possible

5 – Roll one piece of dough into a circle (or whatever) between 2 pieces of Glad Bake to desired thickness – we range from 4mm to 8mm in this house. Pop onto a baking tray with one of the sheets of Glad Bake underneath.

6 – Build your pizza. Start with the sauce and aromatics, then build through proteins, vegetables and the mandatory pineapple. Top with grated cheese (we just use the pre-mixed, pre-grated shop bought pizza blend). Pro tip: Use a squeezy sauce bottle to decorate the top so it’s easy to identify whose pizza is whose.

7 – Bake high in the oven at 210° C until golden brown and base is cooked – use an egg flipper to have a quick peak underneath.