Happy new year everybody! I really hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and you are all ready for a renewed healthy new year! I had a wonderful few days with friends and family, enjoying food and fabulous company! Its never long enough when I go home but It is always magical! Now that everything has calmed down after Christmas, I am back to my usual food obsessed ways! Many new recipes will be winging their way to you all. If you are like me and thinking a lot about healthy eating, this month will be filled with fun and exciting recipes that are also kind to the waistline.
I think that often when people start healthy eating plans, one of the things they often struggle with is feeling deprived of their favorite foods. I spend my days working on some of my favorite food to make them more healthy. That way, I get to have some of the flavor I love whilst still being kind to my body! Pizza is often one of the most sought after comfort foods and is most certainly not associated with losing weight or healthy eating. One of my best presents this year is a wonderful breadmaker, which I am utterly addicted too. Today I am making my own pizza dough, in a healthier way. The worst thing about pizza is that the portion size is often huge. Thin, authentic pizza bases are so much better for you and are usually tastier too. Here is how I make mine. If using a breadmaker, place liquids in first, then the flour and last the yeast in a little well in the top.
Homemade Pizza Dough:
Creates 4 to 6 small pizzas, depending on how thin you roll them.
4 = 11pp per serving
6 = 8pp per serving
- 250 ml lukewarm water
- 400g strong white bread flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 7g dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Combine flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the centre, add the olive oil and about half the water.
- Use a spatula to cut through the flour and water and bring it together.
- Add more water until a soft dough begins to form. It should come together easily and the sides of the bowl should be clean.
- Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for up to 5 minutes.
- Place back in bowl and leave for 1 hour to rise.
- After and hour, knock the dough back to that the excess air comes out. Cut dough into portions.
- It is now ready to be rolled out and topped.
- My favourite topping is feta cheese with roasted pepper and some drops of pesto! Use your imagination, anything can work!
Happy new year to all my lovely friends,