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Today I got up at 1:30 p.m.. Yup, that’s school life. During the week you sleep about 7 hours and then, when you should be doing something with your friends, go out and have fun, you go to sleep earlier than you do during the week. And then sleep twice as long. 14 hours today. Probably my personal record.

When I got up I decided to make pizza. There’s nothing more satisfying than kneading a pizza dough. You should try it out, really.

Makes one tray

for the pizza dough

  • 300 ml luke warm water (1 1/2 cups)
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 450 g all-purpose flour (3 cups)
  • salt (4 g)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

for the tomato sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • fresh oregano or thyme
  • 400 g canned, chopped tomatoes (13 oz)
  • salt

for the topping

  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 courgette
  • 2 onions
  • artichokes
  • rocket

Mix the luke warm (!) water with the yeast till the yeast has dissolved. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together and make a mould.

Pour the yeast-water in the mould and using a fork, bring the flour in gradually until some of it has combined with the water. The mixture should still be liquid. Cover with a dish towel and let it stand for about ten minutes.

After ten minutes it should have formed some bubbles. Add the olive oil and continue with a fork until you have to use your hands. Knead until you have a nice, elastic, shiny pizza dough. In the bowl, dust with some flour and cover with a humid dish towel.

Meanwhile prepare the tomato sauce. Slice the garlic. In a pan, heat some olive oil and add thyme and garlic slices. When the garic starts to colour, add the canned tomatoes and let it cook for about ten minutes on medium heat. Season with salt. For the topping, slice the onions and courgettes. In a non-sticking pan, heat some olive oil and roast the onions and courgettes separately, until they get a golden colour. Salt and set aside.

After about 2 hours the size of the dough should have doubled.

Put the dough on a dusted surface, flatten with your fingers and roll it out with a rolling-pin. Put the rolled out dough on baking paper. 

Preheat the oven on maximum heat and put the baking sheet in the oven. When the oven is hot (it should really be super-hot!), take out the baking sheet and put the dough on it. Spread the tomato sauce on the dough and lay over the halved cherry tomatoes. 

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the pizza gets a nice, golden colour. Finally top with the roasted onions, courgettes, artichokes and rocket.

Of course this is only my personal favourite pizza topping. You can top the pizza with spinach, papper, mais, aubergines or whatever you like… What also is incredibly yummy is some chili oil on top of the pizza!

Enjoy.