Easy mushroom pizza with olives and mozzarella
Makes 1 large pizza | 1 hour | Medium
When you’re alone in the countryside with nothing else to do than read magazines and eat there's nothing better than to make a pizza. Our kitchen here in the archipelago isn’t huge and is by no means modern, more like opposite, but it’s perfect to bake a pizza in. Because all you need is good, fresh ingredients and an oven.
In our family it’s always Anton that makes the pizza dough, he goes more or less on feeling and doesn’t follow a recipe. Knowing how the dough should feel is something you learn. But what makes a great pizza great is the tomato sauce. We've talked about tomato sauce before, it’s more important than you think but luckily definitely not as hard to make as people often think. And if you use fresh tomatoes it will taste so much better then any store bought sauce you’ll ever taste.
This pizza is a perfect dinner for two, or why not for more then that, just make sure to make a little bit more of the pizza in that case, because it's so darn delicious you'll have to fight for the last piece.
Pizza doesn't necessarily have to be unhealthy, it all depends on the amount of cheese you add on top of the pizza, and if you decide to keep it vegan - then it's basically a salad with some bread on the side.
Just kidding, everything in life doesn't have to be healthy. But when you make the pizza yourself you'll definitely keep it more healthy than any that you order home.
When making a great pizza dough it's important to really work the dough and let it take it it's time. Start by kneading the dough thoroughly, the longer the better. After you've reached the perfect consistency with the dough — it shouldn't be sticky and the surface should slowly bounce back when you press it with your finger — let it rest under a kitchen towel for half an hour. After that you should knead the dough again to let in more air into the mixture.
Then it's time to roll it into a pizza. Try to make it as thin as possible, anything under 0,5 cm is perfect. Remember it will rise in the oven. That's it.
Pizza is something that is extremely fun to make yourself because you have the chance to get your hands dirty and play around with the cooking, and you'll get better with every pizza you make!
4 dl flour
2 tbsp olive oil
2,5 dl water
20 g fresh yeast
A big pinch of salt
2 small scallions (or 1 onion)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 lime (just the juice)
a large Handful of thyme and oregano leaves
a pinch of salt
1-2 big mushrooms
2 balls of mozzarella (~200g)
A handful of pitted black olives
Fresh herbs for garnish
Heat the water to approximately body temperature and mix the yeast into it in a big bowl.
Add 3,5dl of the flour into the mix and blend with a spoon or ladle until everything is mixed.
Add oil and salt. Now it's time to get your hands dirty.
Knead the dough until it has reached a consistency where it's not sticky and the surface is bouncy but even. Keep adding the rest of the flour at this point until the dough is ready.
Let the dough rise under a kitchen towel for 30 min.
While you wait:
Make the sauce by chopping up the garlic and scallions and frying them until they have a golden brown color. Add the chopped tomatoes, the herbs and a squeeze of lime. Let it simmer for 15 min until it has reduced into a thick tomato sauce. (If you have a dash of leftover white wine add it into the mix right after you've thrown in the tomatoes for some extra flavor!)
When the dough has risen pour it out from your bowl onto the table and knead it again for a few minutes.
Now roll the dough into a pizza shape. Try to make the dough as thin as possible (remember it will rise in the oven).
Pre-bake the dough in the oven at 250°C for 5 min.
Spread the tomato sauce on the pre-baked pizza dough, add whatever filling you prefer and bake the pizza for another 15 min at 250°C.
Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately.