That time we made pizza dough

Ever hear about a pizza dough recipe that only uses like 3 ingredients & one of them is yoghurt? Well, besides being extremely sceptical I decided to attempt it as one of our covid-19 lockdown “crafts”…

Ingredients: 1 cup of Yoghurt (seems like any plain will do, I went with double cream as that’s the shorts yoghurt of choice), 2 cups self-raising flour (you can make your own with cake flour & baking powder, think it’s 2 teapoons baking powder to 1 cup flour), smidge of salt (himalayan for the win).

Tell the shorts you’re going to be making homemade pizzas, bask in their un-enthusiasm as if they’ve been down this road before (it was only once, & after their reaction, & hanging my head in shame at my failure I’ve been too scared to attempt it again…until today…dundundaaaaaa), & crack on. After mixing the ingredients in a bowl, tip it out onto a flour sprinkled kitchen counter & start kneading it together, adding more flour if it becomes sticky. Rejoice inwardly when youngest short comes to investigate what it is you are doing & asks if she can be involved in the squishing (silently pray that the chops will actually eat this & that it hasn’t been a colossal waste of yogurt, flour & time). At some point you should probably pre-heat your oven to 260°C (must be hot otherwise no crispy crusty for you), & grease some pizza pans if you have (I used some pie dishes). Divide dough in half & allow the youngest short to roll it out (she’s having an amazing time, oldest can’t be bothered). Place dough in greased pans & spread out to the sides (youngest short has now disappeared). Add a little olive oil/tomato paste/tomato sauce/whatever you have on hand as a base, add some toppings & bake in oven for 15min – comes out kind of like a deep dish pizza with a thick crust, so if you prefer thin use a larger pan or divide the dough into 4.

Whilst baking, continue to stress about what it is you have actually done…I mean yoghurt, in pizza dough, wtf! My life is over, no-one is going to eat it, I’ll never be trusted to make food ever again. Anyway, oven buzzer goes off, this is it, is it even cooked through, who knows! Take pizza out, de-stick from pan, cut in 4 slices, breathe a little because it looks like it’s cooked. Add more dough, toppings etc. into oven. Ask Husbander to take the food out to the little darlings who are causing madness outside. Sigh when the food is returned due to them now wanting to eat inside. Watch pizza slide off plate onto newly vacuumed & mopped floor. Grip hands tightly to prevent oneself from losing it. Finally observe shorts sitting down & attempting to eat the pizza, walk away from the silence (is it good, is it bad, give me something, anything) & serve Husbander & yourself. Hide in bedroom. Suddenly the oldest short startles you declaring that this is the best pizza in the world & can we make it every day (ummm, no, but maybe in a few days time?)…no other pizza dough recipe required – this is the one! The holy grail of pizza…Enjoy 🙂

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