“Premenstrual cravings call for stodge and comfort food”
I do have a bit of a love for pizza. For most women, pre-menstrual cravings often bring a desire for chocolate, sugar or sweet treats. I get them, but then I also get ones for pasta and pizza too!
Even when I’ve been laying in bed with tonsillitis, unable to swallow, a slice of pizza would feel like a comforting cuddle if I could have it – don’t try that one!
But for those who are after a little bit of stodge but without the uncomfortable bloated feeling after, this 3-ingredient pizza base does the trick.
And if you don’t fancy cooking a pizza yourself from scratch Nottingham’s Oscar and Rosie’s (who also have a restaurant in Leicester) do some mean plant-based options.
Back to school
My first proper attempt at a pizza base was at school in a cookery class. I think I was 14 years-old, but it was the first thing I’d ever made in the kitchen without my Mum’s supervision.
The two classes previous had prepared us well. Sense the sarcasm…
We got introduced to making milkshakes and then they moved us on to the painstaking task of sandwiches, the following week it’d be pizza!
How they made that jump from sandwiches to full on homemade pizza base I’ll never know, but I’m pretty sure a revision of the syllabus happened pretty soon after.
My mum was so nervous the night before about me being left to my own devices in the school kitchen, that she suggested we do a practice run so each step was fresh in my mind and I didn’t get hurt.
My mum and dad made a habit of this with homework and tasks, either to ensure I got a decent mark or to ensure I didn’t get hurt – it’s where I seem to get my annoying requirement for perfection from.
So we purchased double the amount of ingredients (one batch for that night, and another for the next day) and got baking.
I can’t recall the recipe, but I just remember there being a lot of hard work involved, to the point where I asked my mum why we didn’t just buy a frozen or ready prepared base instead – cue comment about the beginnings of an on-demand generation.
That’s one of the great things about this 3-ingredient pizza base. Not only does it not require you to spend time trawling the supermarket aisles but it its pretty quick to prepare and make.
You’ll probably spend much longer thinking about what toppings you’ll want to use.
PREP TIME: 10 MINS
COOKING TIME: 15 MINS
COST: < £1.50
- 300 grams of wholemeal flour
- 200 grams of plant based yogurt – soy
- A pinch of salt
- Mix 230 grams of flour, the yogurt and a pinch of salt together in a large mixing bowl to form a soft dough – I tend to find using a wooden spoon works well until it all begins to stick, then it’s time to get mucky
- If the dough is still sticky and wet, that’s where the excess measures of flour comes in, add ass appropriate to ensure the dough is less likely to stick when it begins to be rolled
- Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth
- Add more flour if the dough is still wet
- Preheat your oven to 200°C then grease and line your two baking trays with non-stick grease-proof paper – this is crucial to ensure your pizza doesn’t stick – it’s up to you whether you opt for a traditional circular tray or an alternate shape
- Dive the ball of dough into two balls of equal measure and roll out using a rolling pin – depending on the size and shape of your baking tray you may want these to be circular, square or rectangular
- Add your toppings to the pizza dough and bake for 12-15 minutes until the pizza’s edges are a golden brown and your toppings are tender
Tried this recipe? Let me know how it turned out.