If you have any strong white or wholemeal bread flour and you’re making bread, here’s a useful meal you can make from the leftover dough and anything that’s lying in your fridge or larder. The bread is simply half a cup of warm water, a teaspoonful of (brown) sugar and a tablespoonful of yeast in a bowl, left for fifteen minutes somewhere warm and then added to the flour with a pinch of salt. I’d probably use half a kilogram of flour, more if you’re feeding a hungry group or making lots of bread. You can also add other things to your bread – I always put ground linseeds in bread as it adds useful vitamins and oil.
Mix the flour and yeast liquid together and continue to add warm water a little at a time until the mixture becomes dough-like. If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour. Knead it vigorously for a good ten minutes.
Leave the dough somewhere warm to rise for 50 minutes. Divide it into rolls, a loaf, bread-stick twists, whatever you like, but leave some over to make pizza.
Roll out the pizza and put it on a greased baking tray. Spread some tomato puree over it and any of the following you may have left over in the fridge or the cupboard:
- Plant-based cheese
- Artichokes – tinned is fine.
- Plant-based chorizo, sliced. (I make my own – recipe to follow soon)
- Peppers, any colour
- Jackfruit, tinned, shredded and baked in the oven in a nice tomato and chilli sauce
- Tofu chunks
- Herbs such as thyme, oregano, mixed herbs – fresh or dried
You might want to drizzle a little olive oil on top and add olives.
Bake the pizza in a hot oven, 180*, for 30 minutes. Check it after twenty.
It’s ready to serve with a green salad or a carrot and red cabbage and onion coleslaw and, if you’re really hungry, bake some herbed polenta or sweet potato chips in the oven at the same time. Flip them over after 15 minutes of cooking.
In the absence of a football game on TV, I’ll be eating this while reading a good book ….