Jackie’s wood-fired pizza can be cooked in a wood-fired oven or a regular domestic oven. Jackie recommends wood firing.
Pizza dough ingredients:
(to make two large or four small pizzas)
350 ml warm water
1 T active dried yeast
1 t honey
450 g strong flour
1.5 T olive oil
1 t salt
Pizza dough cooking method:
To make the pizza dough, put the water in a mixing bowl and add the yeast and honey. Stir gently.
Stand in a warm place until the yeast has dissolved and the mixture is frothy. Stir well.
Place the flour, olive oil and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and mix well to form the dough.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic, then place in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (about 40 minutes).
Once it has risen, knock back the dough and divide into the desired pieces.
On a floured surface, roll out each piece into a disc (the thinner you can get the pizza base, the better). Your pizza bases are now ready!
Tomato sauce base ingredients:
4 T olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3.5 T tomato paste
1 t fresh oregano, chopped
1.5 t honey
salt and black pepper
400 g ripe tomatoes, chopped
Tomato sauce method:
Heat olive oil in a fry-pan on medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft.
Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, oregano and honey. Gently simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes until sauce is thick and the consistency of chutney.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
A list of Jackie’s favourite topping combinations is below – follow one of these or create your own:
- Pear, blue cheese, walnut and rocket.
- Smoked fish, capers, fresh dill cream and wild baby spinach.
- Fresh figs, prosciutto and pecorino with mint crème.
- Spicy salami, mozzarella and fresh basil.