Nice and simple pizza dough, using few ingredients, This has no oil or salt but does have honey and Italian herbs to make the dough slightly more fragrant. These can also be partially cooked, cooled and frozen for later use.
15g Dried Yeast
2 Tablespoons of honey
300ml of lukewarm water
500g plain flour
2 tablespoons of mixed fresh or dried Italian herbs (such as oregano, basil marjoram etc)
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Activate the yeast by adding it to the lukewarm water and honey mixed in a bowl, leave for at least 10 minutes or until frothy.
Sift flour into a separate large bowl.
Pour the yeast mixture into bowl with flour and incorporate.
Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough springs back and is elastic.
Place dough back in bowl, cover with plastic film and place in a warm area. The dough is ready once it has doubled in size - 35-40 minutes. Once doubled, knock out the dough (i.e. press dough down to release the air) and roll out portions of dough on a floured surface to whatever size pizza trays you have.
Spray the trays lightly with oil and place dough on pans, using a fork prick the entire surface of the pizza if you do not wish the dough to rise uneven in the oven.
At this point, you can choose to par bake the bases plain for 10 mins or so at 180 degrees C for later use. If you do so they can then be cooled on racks then frozen.
Otherwise, top the bases with your favourite toppings straight away and bake at 210 degrees C for about 20 minutes, or till the pizzas are golden.
This is a very nice dough. I didn't add the herbs to the dough as not everyone is a fine but added them to the top of the pizza. You can make this up and place in the refrigerator (well covered) and it will rise slowly. When ready for pizza, knock the dough down and make your pizza while the oven preheats. Perfect. - 11 May 2013