Poppy Seed Pizza Dough, for extra crunch

Who doesn’t love pizza eh? So many delicious toppings to choose from and then the array of cheeses to compliment a particular ingredient.  Like a cheeky crumbling of goats cheese with some caramelized onions.  Or occasionally no cheese whatsoever for a classic potato and rosemary combo.

But the base.  Well you can’t really mess with a pizza base too much without accidentally transforming it into something un-pizza-like.

That being said, sometimes I make a wholemeal base and I generally add dried rosemary to my white base. But nothing off the wall crazy you understand.

Yet the other day I veered right off those well trodden pizza tracks.  Oh yes, I added a tablespoon of poppy seeds to my dough.  My thought process was this:  I love a bit of subtle crunch to my pizza so why the heck not? Plus, I’m more than a little partial to poppy seed bread so yeah, I’ll give it a whirl.

The result was an assuredly delicate crunch.  But other than the minor adjustment, this was still 100% a gorgeous pizza.

This is my bread machine pizza dough recipe which means it’s pretty effort free. But if you like to make yours by hand or have a tried and tested pizza dough recipe that you love, just chuck in the seeds when you mix the dough.

Poppy Seed Pizza Dough, for extra crunch

(bread machine method)

Makes 4 – 5 pizza bases

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 350ml water
  • Fine polenta for rolling

Method

  • Put all of the ingredients, except the polenta, in your bread machine. Set for dough and toddle off to do something exciting / relaxing while the machine does its thing.
  • Once it’s ready, tip out onto a clean surface dusted with polenta. Cut the dough into 4 or 5 pieces and roll out to fit your pizza trays.
  • Leave the bases to rest while you get on with the gathering of your chosen toppings.
  • Once your pizzas are ready to bake, I put them in a hot oven preheated to 220 C for 7 – 10 minutes.

A Little Gift to You…

Although this is a pizza dough recipe, I’ll share my simple pizza sauce recipe with you too. I use this every time and it never lets me down.

Just gently fry a thinly sliced clove of garlic in olive oil for a mere minute. Chuck in a can of tomatoes, a pinch each of salt, basil and oregano. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Leave to cool slightly. I don’t tend to add fresh herbs in my sauce as I like to scatter them directly onto the pizza.

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