John Torode's cheat pizzas

John joins us again live from his kitchen to show us how to make an easy cheat's pizza for the family.

Ingredients

For the simple tomato sauce (great for pizza and pasta)

50ml olive oil

1 onion diced

1 clove garlic crushed

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tin of tomatoes ( or 400g fresh over ripe tomatoes)

Tip: the secret to this is to buy good quality very ripe and soft tomatoes or good quality tinned tomatoes.

For the pizza dough

50ml warm water

200g thick yoghurt

250g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

20ml olive oil

Good pinch of salt

For the Bianco topping

200ml crème fraîche

300g mozzarella

200g thinly sliced parma ham

Use your choice of toppings - here’s a few suggestions

Grated cheese

Mozzarella

Fresh chorizo

Tinned artichokes

Olives

Pepperoni

Mushrooms, sliced

Ham and pineapple

Parma ham

The list is endless, you can even top your pizza with chilli con carne or Bolognese sauce

Method

  • For the simple tomato sauce: In a heavy based pan heat the oil over a moderate heat. Add the onion, stirring constantly, cook for 3 minutes, add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes.

  • Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a good 2 minutes stirring as much as possible

  • For the pizza dough: Mix together the water, yoghurt and the salt with the olive oil, mix the flour with the baking powder, now add it to the yoghurt and stir well so it becomes a dough, knead it just a tiny bit, divide into 4 even sized balls, and leave to sit for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to the highest temperature possible

  • Place the tray you are going to bake the pizza on into the oven to get it very hot

  • With a well floured rolling pin, flatten each ball and roll out as thin as possible. Once the dough is rolled out to as thin as possible, take the tray from the oven and dust with a little flour.

  • Place the rolled out dough on top and cook for 4 minutes, Take the half cooked dough from the oven and turn over so the bottom becomes the top, this means you will not have a soggy pizza!

  • For a tomato based pizza: Smear over the simple tomato sauce and then tear over a ball of mozzarella and scatter it over your choice of toppings - some meat and a few olives, maybe an artichoke and then sprinkle with cheese. Or just do tomato, ham and pineapple. Or let the children make their own creations! The secret to a great pizza is not too much on top, so keep the ingredients to a minimum. Slide it back onto the top shelf of your very hot oven - the highest setting, and cook for about 5-8 minutes.

  • For the pizza bianco: Smear over some crème fraîche then tear over a ball of mozzarella and scatter it over the pizza. Slide it onto the top shelf of your very hot oven - the highest setting, and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Once cooked top with sliced Parma Ham.