Jamie Oliver’s pizza recipe is a real bargain – and it’s easy to make

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Jamie Oliver’s easy homemade pizza recipe will make you want to ditch takeaway for good.

You don’t have to break the bank to get your pizza fix this weekend, as TV chef Jamie Oliver has rustled up a delicious at-home recipe.

The cooking guru says the method isn’t too tricky and takes around one hour and 20 minutes to make. Unlike those last-minute deliveries that end up costing a fortune – this pizza only costs around 90p per serving.

“Trust me, once you see how simple and tasty this pizza dough recipe is you won’t want takeaways,” Jamie said. “Serve with a lovely fresh salad on the side to boost your 5-a-day.”

This recipe makes four pizzas but enough dough for eight bases, so double the sauce and toppings if you want a bigger batch. You’ll probably already have some of the staple ingredients lying around in the kitchen too.

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  • Strong white bread flour (800g)
  • Fine sea salt (1 tsp)
  • Dried yeast (2 x 7g sachets)
  • Fine ground semolina flour OR strong white bread flour (200g)
  • Golden caster sugar (1tbsp)
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • A bunch of fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Plum tomatoes (1 x 400g tin)
  • Mozzarella (85g)

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1. Start by piling the flours and one level teaspoon of sea salt onto a clean surface, then create a well in the centre with your hands.

2. In a separate jug, mix the yeast and sugar into 650ml of lukewarm water. Let it sit for a few minutes, then pour it into the well.

3. Slowly bring the flour from the inner edge of the well into the liquid. You can do this easily with a fork, using a steady, circular movement until all the dough has come together and is too hard to mix with your fork.

4. Dust your hands with flour and start shaping the dough into a ball. Then, knead it by rolling it back and forth, using your hands to stretch and push the dough. After about 10 minutes, you should have a ‘smooth, springy, soft dough’.

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5. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover it with clingfilm. Leave it in a warm place for 45 minutes – it should double in size.

6. Now, let’s make the sauce. Simply peel and finely slice the garlic, pick the basil leaves and finely chop the stalks. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan at medium-low heat.

7. Add the garlic and basil stalks and cook gently for a few minutes until the garlic turns lightly golden. Then add most of the basil leaves (save some for garnishing), the tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

8. Let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes or until it’s smooth, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Then, taste and add seasoning as you like.

9. If you’re only cooking for four, split the dough in half and wrap one half in clingfilm to freeze for another day. With the remaining dough, divide it into four equal-sized balls.

10. Dust each dough ball with flour and cover with clingfilm. They’ll need to rest for about 15 minutes so they’re easier to roll out. Next, dust a clean surface and the dough with a bit of flour or semolina, and roll it out into a circle. It should be about half a centimetre thick.

11. Tear off a piece of foil that’s the right size, rub it with olive oil, dust well with flour or semolina and place the pizza base on top. Repeat this with the remaining dough, dusting with a bit of flour so you can stack them. Cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge.

12. Preheat the oven to 250C/500F/gas 9. Now, you can start adding your toppings. Make sure you spread the tomato sauce all the way to the edges. If you want a simple meal, just use mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with a little olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper.

OPTIONAL – If you have a piece of granite in your conventional oven, you can cook the pizzas on it. Otherwise, just cook them one at a time on tin foil directly on the oven shelf, towards the bottom of the oven.

13. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the pizzas are golden and crispy.

Your delicious pizza is now ready, costing just a fraction of the price of an average takeaway order for four.

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