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
- 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
- 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.