Authentic Italian Margherita
Traditional Italian margherita pizza has a thin and fluffy base, rich tangy sauce, slices of mozzarella and a sprinkle of basil to complete ‘il Tricolore’ (the 3 colours of the Italian flag).
Just remember to keep adding more oil between pizzas so they don’t get stuck. If you’re pushed for time feel free to buy readymade dough and sauce to speed things up, you’ll still get great pizzas.
- 2 tbsp olive or cooking oil
- 500g ‘00’ Flour (or white bread flour)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 x 7g dried yeast packet
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
For the sauce:
- 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 3 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 tsp onion granules
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the toppings:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 mozzarella balls, drained and thinly sliced
- 1 bag fresh basil leaves
To make your pizza dough, add 325ml warm water to a jug and mix in the yeast, sugar and oil and leave to stand for a few minutes.
Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle, then pour in the water mixture.
Gradually bring flour from the outside into the water, mixing in the middle and adding a little more flour at a time until everything has combined.
Add the dough to the inner pot, then close the lid, leaving the pressure release valve in the OPEN position, and select the MULTICOOK function and then the BREAD RISE program then press START.
For the sauce, add all the sauce ingredients to a food processor and blitz for ~1 minute until the sauce is smooth.
Take a tennis ball size chunk of dough and roll it out on a clean flour dusted surface until as thin as you like. Use the bottom of the inner pot to measure and cut out a perfect sized pizza base.
Add 2 tbsp olive oil to the inner pot and stir around until the bottom is fully covered with oil, then place the pot back in the CleverChef Pro.
Add your base followed by the sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice.
Put the lid on, again leaving the pressure release valve in the OPEN position, then select the MUTLICOOK function and then the CAKE BAKE program, adjust the time to 20 minutes then press START.
When the program has finished remove the lid. Use a spatula to scoop underneath and remove your pizza. Add more oil every time you make a new pizza.
Optional step: depending on your choice of toppings and thickness of your cheese you could finish off under the grill for 1-2 mins.