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These pizza base recipes are great for busy families, I have a 7-year-old who almost exclusively eats pizza for dinner. It’s not ideal but he is extremely picky when it comes to food. He has a diagnosis of ASD which I’m told can lead to a very limited diet, so I make pizza from scratch. That way at least I know exactly what he is eating in his pizzas.
Making pizza from scratch isn’t always so easy, it can be time-consuming unless you find the right recipe. I always make my own sauce anyway because I use it for a lot of different recipes but getting the pizza base just right proved more difficult. I spent a lot of time trying different pizza base recipes until I found some that worked for us.
To make sure his diet is varied ( the sauce I make has lots of vegetables) I use more than one recipe. This also helps with the pickiness and over time he has become more accepting of the types of pizza bases he will eat. At one time he was limited to just one particular brand of shop-bought pizza until I decided it couldn’t go on like that and so I started making my own pizzas.
Here are my Top 3 Pizza Base Recipes
After countless recipes, I finally settled on a few that both he and I like. I like them because they are both easy and quick which is important for a family our size. We don’t eat pizza every day, but I make mini pizza’s that he can have alongside the rest of the meal or for lunch and snacks.
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No.1 The Quickest Pizza Base – 2 Ingredients
I absolutely love this recipe, it’s so easy to make and requires very little skill. This is our go-to base for quick family meals. I don’t measure this recipe, there’s really no need to. I have experimented with variations of this recipe, half self-raising flour, and half wholewheat flour worked well although it made a heavier base.
- Greek Yoghurt
- Self Raising Flour
- Place flour in a large mixing bowl
- Add in a dollop of Greek yogurt
- Combine until the dough is sticky but holds together
- Place dough on a well-floured surface and pat with flour
- Roll into required size
- Bake on a pizza tray in the oven until firm
- Remove from the oven and add sauce and toppings
- Return the pizza to the oven and cook as normal.
When I first saw this recipe, I thought it wouldn’t turn out well but it really works great and all the kids have picked this base as their favorite. This recipe is really for eating straight away, in my experience, it doesn’t keep well so don’t make more than you will eat.
No.2 Sodabread Pizza Base – 4 Ingredients
I love Sodabread (maybe it’s the Irish in me), it’s quick to make because it doesn’t need yeast and can be baked as soon as it’s prepared. This makes it a great choice for a pizza base. You can use this recipe to make bread or rolls too, it’s lovely fresh out of the oven.
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda/bread soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 15 ounces of buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 450 F.
- Mix the flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk.
- Stir from the center, gradually bringing the flour into the milk until the dough combines.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and roll to the required size/shape
- Transfer to a baking tray and bake in the oven until firm
- Remove, add sauce and toppings and return to the oven
- Cook your pizza as normal.
This soda bread pizza recipe is simple, it requires only a little more work than the greek yogurt recipe. If you prefer a lighter bread-like dough this recipe is ideal.
I often make more of these than we will eat and cook the bases for a few minutes extra. I let them cool, add the sauce and toppings and freeze them for quick meals later.
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No.3 No Yeast Flatbread Pizza Base Recipe
Flatbread is one of those quick recipes that it’s always good to know how to make. You can use it for wraps or pizzas or to make your own kebabs. Unlike the pizza dough recipes above, this dough is first made in a frying pan then finished in the oven.
- 300g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1.75 oz butter
- On the stove, melt the butter and milk, don’t let it bubble.
- In a large bowl mix the flour and salt.
- Add the melted butter and milk to the bowl and mix to form a soft dough.
- Transfer your dough to a floured surface and kneed a little.
- Cover in clingfilm and let the dough rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
- Cut the dough in half (for two pizzas) and roll out as required.
- Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan on a medium heat.
- Place the flatbread on the pan and cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook the other side.
- Remove from the pan, place on a baking tray and cover with sauce and toppings, bake in the oven as usual.
Flatbread is very versatile and is great for mini pizzas or even pizza rolls. You can make it thicker or thinner as required. I usually make a lot at once and freeze them for later use.