These yummy little pizzas are great to get your kids in the kitchen, they love knocking the air out of the dough and choosing their own toppings. Not only do these taste delicious, they also contain courgette in the base itself!
The spelt flour base gives a nice nutty flavour whilst also making them light and airy. They also work well with other veggies added such as grated carrot or beetroot. Plus, you can freeze the dough (before you pop the courgette in) so it’s worth making a larger batch for easy week-day suppers.
Place the yeast, flour, honey and salt into your mixing bowl. Add the oil to the water and slowly combine all until you have a dough that holds together.
Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes until your dough has become smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a bowl, place though dough in and turn it over so it is all lightly covered in oil. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour and a half until tripled in size. You can freeze some of it for another time at this stage.
Once the dough is risen, add the courgette to the dough, re-cover and leave for a further half an hour until visibly risen.
Next push the dough down, knock the air out of it and return to the bowl for a further half an hour. Preheat your oven to 220C/200C fan.
Whilst you're waiting, prepare your toppings. We used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella, streaky bacon, fresh tomato, pepper and sun-dried tomatoes. If using peppers and bacon, fry them gently beforehand.
Tip out onto a lightly floured surface, break into four and roll out thinly. Cover with your sauce (see instructions below), chosen toppings and cheese. Bake on a preheated baking sheet until crisp and lightly browned, between 10-20 minutes depending on thickness and size.
To make the sauce:
Whilst the dough is rising, make your pizza sauce base. In a large frying pan gently fry the onions, until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients and slowly cook down. Leave to gently bubble away for about an hour. It needs to be really reduced so it’s nice and thick. Blitz with a hand blender, then it is ready to go on the base of your pizzas.
Other veggies such as grated carrot or beetroot also work well as an alternative to courgette.
If you're freezing the dough, make sure you do this before you put the courgette in. Also, if you freeze it in a slab insted of a ball, it will take up less space in your freezer and defrost quicker.
This is a slightly heavier dough so make sure you roll out your bases nice and thin. They don't have to be mini. You can make them any size you want.
Consider pre-heating the tray you are cooking them on, or use a pre-heated pizza stone.
For a gluten-free base replace the spelt flour with gluten-free bread flour and add in 2tsp gluten-free baking powder, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 heaped tsp xanthan gum. Combine all the ingredients and mix quickly with your hands, adding a little extra water if too dry. Then continue with step 5 as above.
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