Ok...so that's not entirely true since I used a pizza base mix but if someone is going to make my life easier and measure out all the ingredients for me then i am not going to argue with that. It is homemade in the sense that it is not from the shops or the takeaway so you have greater control of what goes on the pizza.
I came across this recipe in this month's Weight Watchers magazine. My other half's instant reaction when I told him I was making pizza was ooh, then I told him it was a Weight Watchers recipe and he looked disappointed. He soon ate his words though as it was delicious and I would definitely make this again. It's ready in the time that it takes for one to be delivered and the pizza base mix was really cheap. The only thing I would do differently is leave it in a little bit longer as it was a bit doughy in the middle - but then I find that even shop bought ones are. I have got to get myself one of those pizza stones that I have been told makes all of the base crispy not just the sides.
The recipe in the magazine was for a sausage pizza but I decided to make a pepperoni pizza instead. It was the same number of points - 8 pro points per slice. The recipe serves four with a nice salad on the side. The good thing about making your own pizza though - have whatever you want on it. Obviously a veggie pizza is going to be less points per slice.
To make the pizza you will need:
- 1 packet of pizza base mix (found in the home baking aisle in the supermarket)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (i used sacla intense sundried tomato paste)
- 1 shallott, sliced
- 9 large slices pepperoni
- 1/4 tub roasted peppers (from the deli)
- 2 medium tomatoes on the vine, sliced
- 1 pack of half fat mozzerella, torn into chunks
- Dried Parsley
- Calorie Controlled cooking spray
- Plain Flour
Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220 degrees. Prepare the pizza base as per the instructions on the back of the pack - in my case it was adding hot water from the tap and kneeding it. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until its thin like how you imagine a thin crust pizza base would be before its cooked.
Spray a baking tray with calorie controlled spray and then dust it with a little flour so that the pizza base doesnt stick. Now here is the tricky bit - transfer the dough from your work surface to the tray. I had to do this twice as it looked a right mess the first time i did it, so I squished it all up and rolled it out again. Once on the baking tray, turn the edges up a little to create a sort of crust.
The instructions on the back of my packet of pizza mix told me to leave it somewhere warm for ten minutes, so i left it on top of the hob while the oven was pre-heating. Not sure what it was supposed to do as it didn't seem to rise or anything, but i guess there was a reason for it.
Spoon the paste onto the pizza base and spread it out into a thin layer leaving a little gap around the edge. Add your toppings. Season with pepper and sprinkle some dried parsley over the top (as much as you like, I probably used a teaspoon). Alternatively you could sprinkle over some basil.
Put the pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the base is crispy and golden and serve with some salad. How good does that look!? Delicious!