P is for Pizza

I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t like. To me, it is literally one of the best inventions to have ever happened in the culinary world.

Made in Naples, pizza are a versatile recipe, which you can adjust in whatever way you like. A pizza with only cheese, or just meat, or solely vegetables. You could even opt for a sweet topping, such as Nutella (my fave) or fruits. Nothing is too crazy when it comes to pizza.

Pizza Nutella
Pizza Nutella as served in Hotel Quirinale in Rome.

Also, it is actually not that hard to make at all. It’s quite the same dough as used for making Focaccia, only with less proving time. I cannot stress this enough though, if you let it rise more than needed, you will end up with a Dr. Oetker pizza, which is ofcourse just as delicious but it isn’t Italian. If you do prefer that, just leave the dough to prove a little while longer, and let it have more baking time in the oven.

Pizza Margherita and Pizza Quattro Staggioni (due on Monday!)

This basic pizza recipe will help you to bake your own pizzas in the future! A lovely recipe for the topping will come your way on Monday!

What are some of your favourite toppings? Do you prefer a thick or thin crust?

Pizza Dough

  • Servings: 2 pizzas
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 500 grams flour (tipo 00, or strong white bread flour)
  • 275 ml lukewarm water
  • 14 grams dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Used kitchen appliances

  • Small bowl
  • 2 Large mixing bowls
  • Fork
  • Baking tray or pizza tray
  • Oven
  • Wet cloth


  1. In the small bowl, add the yeast and 8 tbsp lukewarm water. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Place the flour in the mixing bowl, sprinkle the salt on the sides and make a hole in the middle. Pour the yeast in the hole.
  3. Add the sugar and oil. Gently mix the yeast into the flour with the fork. Keep stirring while gradually adding the lukewarm water.
  4. Once mixed, place the dough on a dusted surface and knead for about 5-10 minutes or until you have a smooth and elastic dough. If needed, add more lukewarm water or flour.
  5. Grease another mixing bowl with some oil. Place the dough in the bowl, and make a cross on top of the dough with a sharp knife. Cover with a moist cloth and leave the dough to rest in a warm, airtight place for 1 hour.
  6. In the meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 240C.
  7. Knock back the dough on a floured surface and knead for another minute. Cut in half and spread over the greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Olivia says:

    Nutella Pizza! I have had a nutella calzone before which was heaven on earth. It was meant to have stewed fruit as well but unfortunately they had run out! I managed!

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    1. basilandoil says:

      I can imagine! This is something that I need to make myself! Yum!

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  2. Ooo Lisa 🙂 Great minds! 😛 🙂 I did ‘P’ for ‘pizza’ too! 😛 Do you think I could have chocolate jam and banana pizza with a sprinkling of nuts 🙂


    1. basilandoil says:

      I saw it! haha 😀 And oh my, yes you can! That sounds absolutely delicious!

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  3. I have a sister in law who makes pizza from scratch. But I’m just too lazy! Pizza is one of my go to foods, when I want to bring something home already cooked.
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    1. basilandoil says:

      Haha I can imagine!


  4. veganrescue says:

    Pizza!! – Love Pizza! Great post. 🙂

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  5. Yes PIZZA can be made in so many ways, I have had some delish dessert Pizzas. Loved the dough recipe, a keeper.
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  6. Just found you on A to Z. Pizza is my favorite food. Grew up in an Italian family in an Italian neighborhood before Little Caesar’s Pizza came along. My youngest even managed a pizza place in college. Great choice for P.

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    1. basilandoil says:

      Amazing! One of my favourites as well! Thanks for the comment 🙂


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