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Make your own pizza

Making your own homemade pizza is a lot easier and cheaper than you think. We'll walk you through a quick and (almost) fool-proof recipe!
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Pizza is one of these foods that many of us would happily eat everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it isn't the cheapest option or, unfortunately, the healthiest either!

We've got a recipe to share that will save you loads in the long run if you're a serious pizza lover (once you get the initial ingredients and equipment in the cupboard).

This recipe is also much healthier than a takeaway, so you'll be chowing down (almost) guilt free!

Are you a big lover of takeaways but don't have the budget for it? Check out our top tips for spending less on your takeaways.

Homemade pizza recipe

Equipment

  • Scales
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring jug

It's worth remembering that these essentials are a one-off purchase, so if you buy them now you can use them throughout the year with other recipes. In the long run these items could save you a lot of money when cooking, so think of it as an investment!

Don't forget to check out our student deals page to see if you can get any discounts on kitchenware before you head to the shops.

Ingredients

Serves: recipe makes one pizza | Cost: around £4 (not including equipment above)
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  • 225g Self raising flour
  • 45ml olive oil
  • 90ml warm water
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • Tomato puree
  • Grated cheese
  • Toppings of your choice!

Top(pings) tip: The beauty of pizza is that pretty much anything goes when it comes to toppings. This also a great opportunity to use up whatever's in your fridge, so go to town!

Method

  1. Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly mix in the olive oil and warm water to form a dough ball (if it's too sticky, add more flour; if it's too dry add more water – it's trial and error with this part)
  3. Flour the kitchen surface you'll be rolling the dough on and the rolling pin, so it doesn't stick
  4. Roll out the dough ball to form a pizza base
  5. Place on a baking tray and cook the base in the oven for 5 mins on 180 degrees (gas mark 4)
  6. Remove the base, cover with tomato puree and top with cheese, then load up your toppings – whatever takes your fancy, or whatever you have in the fridge!
  7. Cook in the oven for a further 10-15 minutes at around 180-200 degrees (gas mark 5)
  8. Remove from the oven… and eat!!

Remember that buying in bulk is a great way to save money food shopping, and aside from the toppings you choose for your pizza, the ingredients for this recipe will stay fresh for a really long time.

Check out our student recipes page for a whole load of other ideas to get you cooking up a storm and saving in the process. Let us know how you get on!

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