Easy Cheese Pizza
Cheese Pizza is always a family favourite! And it's an easy recipe to make for an enjoyable bonding time at home. For this pizza, we used Reqado Greek Lovers to give that distinct herby, aromatic flavour that balanced the saltiness of the cheese and sourness of the tomato sauce. It's so tasty it's almost close to pizza made in a restaurant!
Prep time: 30mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Proofing time: 1.5 hours (for dough to rise)
Makes two 9-inch pizzas
Spice Used: Reqado Greek Lovers
Pizza Dough Ingredients
Sauce and Topping Ingredients
Step 1: Make the Dough
Prepare the dough ahead by mixing the sugar into the warm water and sprinkle the yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes for the yeast to form a foamy texture. Then stir in 3 tablespoons olive oil.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt thoroughly. Then add the yeast mixture and combine until you have a rough dough.
Dust a clean surface with flour and knead the dough for five minutes.
Cut into two and place in a separate bowl. Then set aside for 1 hour and 30 minutes in room temperature until the dough rises to double its size.
If you are going to make just one pizza, you can freeze the dough after rising for 1.5 hours. When you are ready to use it, let it thaw for 8 hours in the refrigerator, or 2 to 3 hours at room temperature.
Step 2: Cook the PIzza Sauce
In a pot, put the olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add the Reqado Greek Lovers Blend and stir to "wake up" the spices and its aroma. Mix for 30 seconds. Then add in the tomato sauce and salt and let it boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
Step 3: Blind Bake the Dough (Optional)
Blindbaking is the process of pre-cooking doughs used to hold large amounts of fillings like pies and in this case - lots of cheese!
Get the dough after 1.5 hours and punch to release the air. Knead thoroughly until you form a size that is enough to cover the pizza pan.
Brush olive oil to cover the surface of the pan and place the dough. Bake the dough for 12 minutes in 200C oven.
Step 4: Pizza Assemble!
Remove the dough from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then carefully spread the pizza sauce to cover the surface. Add in all the cheese that you want. For this pizza, we use Eden regular cheese. Then drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle Reqado Greek Lovers on top.
Bake for another 12-15 minutes in 220C oven. Make sure you place the pan at the lowest rack and keep an eye on the pizza to stop it from burning. You can lower the heat to 200C if the cheese burns fast. Let it cook based on prescribed time to ensure that the dough, sauce and the cheese all perfectly cook together. Remove carefully once done.
Cut the pizza to your desired slice. Top with basil, chili flakes or hot sauce and enjoy at home!
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