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Mushroom and sausage pizza

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
3 tbsps olive oil
450g white mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Coarse salt
Flour, for rolling dough
1/2 recipe basic pizza dough
110g quick tomato sauce, recipe follows
85g sopressata, cut into 1cm thick slices
450g mozzarella, grated
1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
Special equipment
1) Preheat oven to 260C/Gas 10.

2) In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and add mushrooms and garlic. Season mushrooms with salt and cook until mushrooms release their juices and begin to brown, about 6-8 minutes.

3) Lightly dust work surface with flour and roll dough into a circle, about 63.5cm in diameter and about 1cm thick.

4) Place dough on an oven-proof splatter screen and gently spread with a thin layer of tomato sauce, leaving a 1cm border along the edge. Top the dough with mozzarella, mushroom mixture and sopressata. Sprinkle the pizza with red chilli flakes.

5) Bake until cheese has melted and the bottom of the crust is brown and crispy, about 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Dough:

1) In a small mixing bowl, whisk together yeast, warm water, sugar and olive oil. Let sit for about 3 minutes to fully dissolve and activate the yeast.

2) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt.

3) With a rubber spatula, gradually mix the yeast mixture into the flour until just combined and dough barely holds together. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter surface dusted with flour.

4) Knead the dough with flour-dusted hands until the dough has become smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. The surface should be tight and silky and bounce back slightly when pressed. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough in it.

5) Cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.

6) Once doubled, punch the dough down and divide it into two equal pieces. Knead each one slightly to form a uniform ball. Set aside and cover them with a kitchen towel or clingfilm to rest for 30 minutes.

Cook's Note: Dough can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight once it is divided. Keep covered tightly in clingfilm or in a sealed food storage bag.

Quick tomato sauce:

1) In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and let sit for about 20 minutes to allow flavours to meld.

Cook's Note: Sauce can be made ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen for up to three months.

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