Have a go at this recipe for homemade pizza

From the dough to the topping this pizza is a great one for the family to do together.

Charlie Gray set up her website Ask Charlie as a way of sharing hints and tips for keeping your home clean and how to keep your whites sparkling.

Here she shares a recipe for pizza...

For the dough

500g strong white bread flour

8g sea salt

7g sachet fast action dried yeast

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

plus extra for greasing and kneading

300ml lukewarm water

Put the flour, salt and yeast in to a large mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the olive oil and water.

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Either mix by hand or use the dough hook attachment on your food processor on the slowest setting.

You should get a soft but not sticky dough, if it’s too wet add a little more flour or too dry a little more water. It should come away from the sides of the bowl.

Rub a little olive oil over your hands and worktop to stop it sticking and then knead really well for about 10 mins or on the slowest setting of your food

processor for 5 mins. It should feel very stretchy and silky smooth.

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Put the dough back in the bowl cover with clingfilm or an airtight lid and leave to rise for about 1 hour or until you are ready to use it.

Preheat the oven to a high setting and when the dough is ready punch down the risen dough with your knuckles to deflate it then turn out onto your oiled


Split the dough in to 4 portions, take the first one and press and pull it into a thin circle about 25cm

Place on bake o glide or baking paper

Pizza topping

Passata (I love the Pizza Express one you can buy in most supermarkets) just make sure it’s not too watery

Mozzarella cut into small chucks

100g grated Cheddar cheese




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Using a spoon smear over a little passata first then add ham or salami then sprinkle over your cheese, don’t use too much mozzarella as it can make your pizza soggy!

Place on a hot baking tray and cook for 8-10 mins on a high heat 200c

She said: "If we are having pizza for lunch I just make the dough after breakfast and then it will have had plenty of time to rise! My children love stretching out the dough for the bases and it's surprisingly not very messy!

"When cleaning the bowl that the dough was in, leave it to dry before cleaning. Once it’s dried it’s much easier to get out."

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