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Pizza is life. So when we started tackling our debt, we kicked our weekly £25 takeaway pizza habit in favour of homemade pizza. When I first made pizza, I found the thought of making homemade pizza dough daunting. So I opted for a box of pizza dough mix that I just needed to add water to. It was cheap, maybe £1.50 per box for 2 large pizzas. But then people started telling me to make my own as it was a lot cheaper. How much cheaper could it get? I thought. The answer? Much cheaper. Not only that, but my homemade budget pizza dough easily tops a boxed mix in taste and freshness. Now I’m a homemade pizza dough convert. When I tell you how easy and cheap it is to make, you will be too.
The recipe covers making the pizza dough only, because the sauce and toppings are so simple that they need no instruction. My homemade budget pizza dough makes 8 doughballs, which rolled out, each make a 12″ thin crust base. This entire recipe costs £1.02 to make, so each pizza doughball comes in at 13p each. Add a few tablespoons of passata and herbs, a few torn chunks of mozzarella, and a few toppings, and you can whip up a full pizza for around £1.
My homemade budget pizza dough recipe takes about two hours from start to finish. However, the work you need to put in is minimal. The dough needs to sit, covered, in a warm place for the majority of that time. You just have to mix the ingredients together and knead it a couple of times before it’s ready to go. So don’t be put off by the amount of time you need to set aside, because you can easily fit in making the dough around a few hours of chill time at the weekend.
Here’s the recipe, or to download the recipe card, continue to scroll.
1kg plain flour, sieved, plus a little more for dusting and kneading
2 tsp dried active yeast
600mls tepid water
4 tbsp vegetable oil (I use Asda own brand vegetable oil, which is presently 100% rapeseed oil)
1 tsp salt
Stir the dried active yeast into 300mls of the tepid water and cover with a cloth. Leave to sit in a warm place for 15 minutes, until the mix becomes cloudy and the yeast has dissolved.
Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Once the yeast mixture is ready, add the remaining 300mls of tepid water and pour on top of the flour. Add the vegetable oil and salt. bring the mixture together with a fork, until it forms a very rough dough.
Tip the dough out on to a floured surface, and knead for around 5 minutes until it comes together in a large doughball. Put the dough into a bowl, cover with a cloth and leave to sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.
When 30 minutes have elapsed and the dough has increased in size, put the dough on a floured surface and knead again. Then put back in the bowl, leave to sit for another 30 minutes until it increases in size, then knead for a third time.
Your dough is now ready to separate into doughballs. Cut the dough into 8, and form each small doughball into a circle to help it keep a circular shape when you roll it out. If you are planning on freezing your doughballs, put them into storage bags. My reusable storage bags are linked here. These are a great investment in storage that’s built to last, better for the environment, and they are cute and colourful too). You can also use cling film. They can then go directly into the freezer. When you are planning to eat them, take them out of the freezer abour four hours before rolling out. Keep them in a dark place while they defrost and if you’ve stored them in cling film, loosen it to give the dough room to breathe and expand. Then follow the steps below as normal.
Roll your dough out on a floured surface into a circular shape, place on a pizza pan, and you are ready to add toppings. My pizza pan is linked here, and it’s been well worth the investment. This pan has holes at the bottom that help to keep the pizza base crispy and easy to cut.
Then top the pizza dough with whatever you like. You can knock up a quick tomato sauce by sprinkling some dried basil and oregano into a carton of passata, or spread with tomato puree. Then add cheese, meats, veg and whatever toppings you fancy. Or skip the sauce and top with pancetta, mozzarella, parmesan and rocket for a pizza Bianca. You can also top half the pizza with chocolate spread and sliced bananas, fold over the other half, and make a dessert calzone.
When you are ready to bake the pizza, pre-heat the oven to it’s highest temperature for about ten minutes. Then put the pizza in and bake for around 15 minutes, until the edges have crisped and curled and your toppings are cooked.
So that’s my homemade budget pizza recipe. Comment below and let me know what your favourite pizza toppings are. Right now, I’m loving goat’s cheese and red onion!