9 Jun 2016

Homemade Pizza - The Edwards Family way....

There is something strange in my household. Something that when I tell people they look at me in confusion. Like I am talking a different language or I have grown two heads (though sometime that would be awesome looking after my rabble) but I don't like tomatoes, in any format. I do not cook with them or add them to dishes. We do have baked beans(yuck) and ketchup (double yuck) in our house but this is purely for the two tiny dictators we run about for. Yes this does mean in lasange (I make it with butternut squash and goats cheese) or in spaghetti (I cook a savory mince with lots of colourful vegetables).

Now as much as that is strange I am even stranger - because I love pizza - Bread and cheese what is not to like in that equation. Mostly then if I get the hankering for pizza I make our own, and quite often called the "white pizza" as instead of tomato - its more cheese!! Instead have a tomato base I most often use cheese sauce - the jar kind for making a macaroni cheese bake or the fresh pasta sauces - either work well. Just spoon out and spread with the cheese sauce before layering up your toppings.

I do find it so satisfying making the dough and turning out misshapen pizza with doughy bits or crispy bits. My cooking is far from perfection! I like to make the pizza dough during the morning and leave it on a sunny windowsill to let it rise throughout the day - a couple of knock-backs here and there but it is usually fine. You can also refrigerate or freeze this dough. Below is the recipe I use for the actual dough - super easy and limited ingredients. Toppings vary from time to time, but always include a meat of some kind, a mixture of vegetables and cheese. We picked up from Aldi a selection of Pepperoni, the mixed pack of ham slices (which went so far not only in these pizzas but it was used for sandwiches, a little quiche and an omelette), we added red onions, peppers and spinach to the mix.

Our favourite pizza combos

  • Parma ham, goats cheese, red onion and spinach
  • Pepperoni, peppers and extra mature cheese
  • Ham, peppers, spinach and mozzarella.
I'm always surprised how far a homemade pizza goes - a decent dinner, with leftovers for lunch the next day. Not to shabby.

Sarah Flowers Busy Mums plan ahead cookbook.

Pizza dough

7g dried yeast
500g strong bread flour
290-325ml warm water
1tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oil.

  • Mix together in mixer - start with the lowest amount of water and add more if needed. It should come together and form a soft dough. 
  • Knead well (or use a dough hook) until it springs back when poked.
  • Leave to rise until doubled in size - cover with a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm. Usually take about an hour or so to burst into life. I sometimes make mine before the school run and then leave it on the side until later.

This will go in the fridge used within a couple of days and the dough uncooked can also be frozen.

Go forth and PIZZA.....

You can see more about out Aldi shopping trip here,


  1. I love making my own pizza's, my daughter loves making them on wraps. I have never made my own dough before though. Not sure my cooking skills (or lack of) would be up to that! #kcacols

  2. Yum! Looks lovely! #KCACOLS

  3. I have never tried to make my own pizza dough or really any kind of bread so this is very interesting to me. I will have to try this on a weekend sometime. Or have my husband do it as he is great at making bread. THanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  4. I love making pizza at home with my kids and they love it too! I think the reason I love it so is my parents did the same with myself and my sister when we were little. #KCACOLS

  5. I assume you meant you don't like tomatoes. I hate them too, unless they're cooked. The less like a tomato they are the more I like them. #kcacols

  6. It is always so much fun making your own pizzas. I used to that a lot when I was young back at my parents. We love putting so many different ingredients. I have never made my own dough though. That is too much work lol. Love yours, looks yummy. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is lovely to have you for the first time. I hope that you like it, :-) x