I made my first homemade pizza about a month ago. It was without doubt the best pizza I’d ever eaten, and I’ve made a few since (sometimes for the kids, I’m not like a pizza addict). Now, once you’ve mastered pizza, I think the next logical step is the stuffed crust.
At this point I should say, I’m not a fan of all these new fancy stuffed crusts. I don’t want a cheeseburger in the crust of my pizza. Or a hot dog. That is odd! However, cheese stuffed crust, I love. I also like to think it’s actually healthier. Because a normal crust, I would dip in a lot of mayo!
You will need:
- 500g Strong white bread flour
- 1tsp salt
- 2tsps Caster sugar
- 7g instant yeast
- 300ml Warm water
- 50ml oil
- Pizza sauce
- Toppings of choice
- Cheese of choice
A lot of this, depends on your taste. I make my own pizza sauce. Which is really easy and tasty. But, you can buy it jarred if you prefer. We used cheddar for our crust. Which kind of melts into the bread. So, if you prefer it stringy, something like edam might work better. Toppings wise, I went for mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, pepperoni and red pepper. But again, it’s up to you. Once you’ve cracked the basic recipe, you can try whatever you want. That’s the beauty of homemade pizza!
To make the dough, tip the bread flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a large mixing bowl, and stir together well.
Make a well in the centre, and add the water and oil. Mine generally overflows, as my mixing bowl isn’t that deep. This is fine. Mix in from the outsides, making sure all the flour comes into the centre. Stir as well as you can, so it’s all coming together, then tip out on to a well floured surface.
Knead together, adding more flour if you need to for 10 minutes. Here, I always say 10 minutes. However, this time, I timed myself. Apparently, I only normally knead for around 4 minutes, which is when it feels like a nice smooth, soft, ball. Which is fine. This time however, I made myself carry on for the full 10 minutes. After which, my arms ached, and my dough rose to previously unheard of heights. So, knead for 10 real minutes. It does make a difference.
Place in an oiled mixing bowl, rub the top of the ball with some oil, and cling film. Leave for an hour.
At this point, my super dough rose that much it broke the cling film.
If you are using straight away, punch out, knead for 2 more minutes, roll out to shape, about 3-5mm thick, and leave for 10 minutes. This dough will make 4 large pizzas, so freeze any you don’t need.
If you don’t need it yet, either place in the fridge, or recover and leave on the side until you are ready. It might keep rising, so just keep knocking it out, so it doesn’t take over the world.
When you are ready, preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and lightly oil a baking tray. I find it easier to place the dough on to the tray now, before you top it.
Spread pizza sauce on to your dough, and cover with your toppings of choice. Leaving about 1cm free around the sides.
For the stuffed crust, slice or cube your cheese, to around 0.5cm thick, and place around the edges.
Because bread rises, I find the edges become slightly thicker than the middle, so I kind of pull these out, and wrap them around the cheese. Pressing into the centre. I wrap chunk of cheese at a time, all the way around. I hope that makes some sense?
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until everything is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.
Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza Recipe
- • 500g Strong white bread flour
- • 1tsp salt
- • 2tsps Caster sugar
- • 7g instant yeast
- • 300ml Warm water
- • 50ml oil
- • Pizza sauce
- • Toppings of Choice
- • Cheese of choice
- Add bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast to a large mixing bowl, and stir together well
- Make a well in the centre
- Pour in the water and oil
- Stir together from the outside until it starts to come together
- Tip out on to a well floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until a smooth ball
- Place in a well oiled bowl, cling film and leave for 1 hour
- Punch out and knead for a further 2 minutes
- Roll out to pizza shaped, around 3-5mm thick
- Leave for 10 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly oil a baking tray
- Place base on baking tray
- Spread with tomato sauce
- Add any toppings
- Place thin slices of cheese around the edge
- Fold dough over and press down to the centre
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes