Two for One: Easy Pizza Base or Cheese and Garlic Bread

Until I found this recipe I used to buy ready-made pizza bases. Not now.

And the other great thing about this recipe is that you can also use it to make a tasty Cheese & Garlic Bread.

I think the main reason why I used to buy pizza bases was that I couldn’t be bothered to wait for the dough to prove. But, now that I have tasted the results of this recipe, I am learning not to be so impatient.

I’ve made a couple of different pizzas using this dough, including the stuffed crust one in the first photograph above. To get the stuffed crust all you have to do is roll the base out to be slightly larger than your pan and then you fill the extra dough with cheese and roll it up to form the crust – yum!

This weekend I decided to try making the dough into a layered Cheese & Garlic Bread – it worked well, although I must admit it would be even better if you used a ‘stringy’ cheese such as mozzarella, (I only had plain ‘tasty’ cheese so it didn’t ooze very much). I think that this bread would go particularly well with spaghetti bolognaise or even a big bowl of simple tomato soup.

The recipe below, which I found in my ancient copy of ‘Best Recipes from The {Australian Women’s} Weekly’, makes eough dough for two pizza bases or one layered bread.

Ingredients – serve 6-8:

Pizza base:

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 and 1/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 7g/0.25 oz sachet dried yeast
  • 4 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 or 3 tbsp olive oil, depending on texture of dough

Plus, to turn the above into Cheese & Garlic Bread, add:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella would be good, or something similar)

Method:

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the water and then scatter the dried yeast over the top. Set aside in a warm place for at least 10 minutes, or until the yeast is frothy.
  • Put the flour and salt in a large bowl then stir in the yeast mixture and the oil.
  • Bring the dough together using your hands, then knead for a few minutes until smooth. (You can use the dough hook on your electric mixer to do this, if you have one).
  • Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and set aside for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Knock back the dough by punching it with your fist.
  • Heat your oven to 200C/180C/390F.
  • If you are using the dough to make pizza bases, divide it into two pieces and then roll out to fit your two pizza pans. Top as required and cook for about 15-20 minutes, depending on your topping.
  • To make the Cheese & Garlic bread, divide the dough into two pieces. Roll out the first piece and place on your pan. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle with the garlic and dried oregano.

  • Spread the grated cheese over the dough, then roll out the remaining piece and sandwich it on top.
  • Fold over the edges to seal, then sprinkle with a little more oil, herbs and cheese.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cut into wedges, serve and enjoy!

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3 Responses to Two for One: Easy Pizza Base or Cheese and Garlic Bread

  1. Hiya, catching up on your blog and very pleased to see you’re still delivering some great recipes. We’ve been making lots of our own pizza as well – I use a mix of Bread flour and semolina – but I love your garlic and oil base – simple and so easy!

  2. bali tour says:

    Look amazing 🙂
    i would like to try it 😀

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