Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza

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Cook-up a basic margherita pizza and then lay on extra toppings so the family can create their own favourite flavours.

Preparation time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

Serves: 3 - 4


For the dough

500g strong white bread flour
1 x 7g sachet Easy Bake yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
260 – 300 ml warm water

For the margherita pizza tomato topping

3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

3 tbsp tomato puree
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 x 125g mozzarella ball, drained and ripped

Other topping suggestions

Cheddar, grated
RSPCA Assured ham, torn into strips
Sweetcorn kernels, canned
Pineapple rings, fresh or canned
RSPCA Assured cooked bacon, chopped
Black pitted olives
Goat cheese
Caramelised onion


Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl.

Mix the water and oil together, add most of the liquid and mix into a dough, adding more liquid if necessary.

Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes.  This could also be done with a food mixer fitted with a dough hook.  

Put the dough into a large mixing bowl, greased with some oil.

Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel or cling film and leave to rise for one to one-and-a-half hours, until doubled in size.

To make the tomato topping, warm the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan.


Add the onion and the dried oregano.

Fry over a medium heat until the onion is soft and transparent. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and chilli.

Simmer for about 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.

If the sauce is too thick, just add boiling water to loosen the mix.  Take off the heat until ready to use.

Whilst your tomato sauce is cooking, prepare the other toppings

Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C /gas 8.

Flour two baking sheets.

Divide the dough into four pieces.  


Leave three pieces under the tea towel or cling film, to stop them drying out.

Roll the first piece of dough to as thin as you can get it on a lightly floured surface.

Lift carefully onto a floured baking sheet or pizza stone.

Add the tomato sauce and mozzarella and invite the family to add any other toppings of their choice.  

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp and golden on top.

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