We had our vego neighbours around for drinks Friday night and I wanted to make sure there was something a little more substantial than cheese and champagne. The little girls are usually exhausted after a full week and 3 days at Preschool and I have discovered that if you keep feeding children, it can keep the tantrums and feral freak outs at bay. So what fulfilled the brief? Pesto, cheesy pizza bread, that’s what.
Simple Cheesy Pesto Pizza
: 375mls warm water
: 2 teaspoons dried yeast
: Pinch caster sugar
: 4 cups plain flour
: 1 tsp salt
: 60mls olive oil
: Bunch flat leaf parsley (or basil or coriander even)
: half packet pine nuts
: 2 cloves garlic
: Olive Oil
: Salt & pepps
Mix the water, yeast & oil together in a jug and leave for 5 mins until it gets all fizzy like.
In a bowl make a well in the flour and pour the yeasty, oily water in.
Mix around with a knife until all combined and then mix with your hands when it comes together. Knead for 10 mins until smooth & elastic. Oil a bowl and place dough in. Cover with cling wrap and leave somewhere warm for 30 mins to prove, or until it has doubled in size.
Smile smugly to yourself that you have something ‘proving’ and that you are a domestic goddess. Pour your smug self a glass of something to celebrate your culinary glory. Maybe that’s just me.
After the dough has proved, punch it (such a good feeling) take out onto the surface again to knead. And divide into as many bases as you are going to make.
For my pesto I chuck everything into a food processor, blitz and add oil slowly. Before you can say “Presto!” you have pesto. Yes, it’s that easy. Promise.
Spread out onto a tray, or pizza stone, I used a long tray because I wanted square bites as there were a few people eating them.
Throw some mozzarella on top and chuck into a hot oven (say 200 degrees).
Take out. Cut up and devour.