Pizza Night – Without the guilt!!!
My family loves pizza and so do I. However, I always make two different types of pizza bases to cater for the personal preferences within our household, and to ensure everyone’s needs are satisfied. And both of the options are simply delicious!
My youngest son and my husband prefer the Spelt Flour pizza base with their own choice of topping. My oldest son and I don’t eat a lot of grains and therefore the cauliflower base is our preferred pizza base.
Both of the pizza bases have simple recipes and are quite easy to make. I promise that if you take the small amount of time and effort to create these homemade pizza bases, you will be rewarded with an awesome culinary experience.
I always use pizza stones as they make a huge difference to the crunchiness of the pizza. Actually a dear friend gave us 2 pizza stones years ago as a present because he knew that we only eat homemade pizza.
Maybe he was hoping for a pizza night invite too. And Yes – we have had many homemade pizza nights, and I have purchased a lot more pizza stones to accommodate all the guests.
So before you start you need to turn on the oven, crank the heat up on max and let the pizza stone warm up 15 min.
In my spelt pizza base I only add 4 ingredients (5 if we include water) and they are so light and crunchy.
Spelt Flour – Pizza Base Recipe
For 1 Spelt Pizza base I use the following ingredients:
1/3 cup of warm water
1 teaspoon dry yeast
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of Spelt Flour
- Dissolve the dry yeast in the warm water, stirring to ensure it all dissolves.
- Place the flour into a mixing bowl, and make a well in the middle of the flour.
- Pour the water/yeast mixture into the middle of the flour well.
- Add the salt and olive oil to the water/yeast mixture.
- Fold in the sides of the flour well and mix all the ingredients together.
- Knead the dough
To knead, use your hands to fold the dough ball in half over and over again. Use your palm to smash the ball together, then fold it in half and smash it together again. If the ball becomes sticky, add a little more flour. The ball should not stick to the side of the bowl, but it should not be dry and cracking, either.
Set aside for 2-3 hours until it has risen to double the size. To make our pizza night a family affair, the “boys” will then roll out the bases out onto Baking Paper.
Don’t make the mistake that my husband made, he used greaseproof paper one time, and the pizza base stuck !
Then you add all your favourite sauce and toppings. Take the Hot pizza stone out of the oven, and place the prepared pizzas on the stones and place back into the oven for about 10-12 minutes, and sit back and wait for your amazing pizza to cook.
To get the best result and to ensure a crispy base, only cook 2 pizza in the oven at the same time to eliminate too much moisture.
Cauliflower Pizza Base Recipe
Now – Let’s talk about my favourite – Cauliflower pizza base.
These bases are an awesome alternative if you are intolerant to grains or gluten, or if you are just like me, and choose to limit your intact of grains and gluten.
1 cauliflower will be enough to make 2 pizza bases.
You will need some sort of blender to blend the cauliflower into small pieces. Break the cauliflower up in small florets and blitz half of the cauliflower for a very short burst.When it resembles small rice grains it has been blitzed enough. Empty the containers and repeat the steps above for the other half of the cauliflower.
At this stage you have a mixture that can be used for Cauliflower rice as well, however will blog the recipe for that at a later date.
Next step is to steam the blended cauliflower. I use a steamer basket within a pot of boiling water with the lid on, and let it steam for approx. 30 minutes.
When the cauliflower is nice and soft take if off the heat and let it cool down. When it’s cool enough to handle with your hands put it in a “Nut Bag” and squeeze all the excess water out. You will be surprised how much water a cauliflower holds. If you don’t have a nut bag you can use a small pillow case or something similar.
Add 1 egg, a pinch of salt and spices of your choice. My favourites are oregano, Italian herbs, basil or whatever I have on hand. Mix well.
Place a piece of baking paper in the size required onto a pizza stone or a pizza tray that is designed to be used within an oven. If you have used a whole cauliflower divide the mixture on 2 trays. Use your hands to spread the cauliflower out to a round thin base of approx. 90cm width and bake it in the oven on 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 30 minutes, or until it has a nice golden colour.
Remove from the oven and add your favourite sauce and toppings. My all-time favourite combination is to spread a thin layer of tomato sauce (I use an organic Passata) mixed with pesto on the base. Then I add a layer of fresh baby spinach, followed by mushrooms, capsicum, fresh basil, onion and a tiny bit of grated parmesan cheese.
When you have finished creating your delicious masterpiece, it is back into the oven until your desired topping has cooked through.
I often felt left out on Pizza night, however now I can join in with all the family or friends and enjoy my own very special, healthy clean eating pizza as well.
I hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as my family does.
Love Mette xxxx