Mushroom and basil pesto pizza – crispy, chewy homemade pizza dough topped with basil pesto, garlic mushrooms and plenty of cheese, you’ll never want to buy takeout pizza again!
Pizza is my all-time favourite food, I think I would probably happily eat it every day if I could get away with it! While I do love a good takeaway pizza (who doesn’t?), you really can’t beat the homemade kind. Yes it isn’t as quick and easy as picking up the phone and ordering one, but they have so much more flavor, are totally customizable and are pretty easy to make too.
This dough for this one is very simple to make, and can also be made in advance and kept in the fridge until needed if you like. It makes a thin, crispy and chewy pizza which is my favourite kind; if you want it to be even crispier you can bake the pizzas on a preheated pizza stone, in which case they will also cook a little quicker.
Pizza doesn’t have to be topped with tomato sauce; in this case I’ve replaced the usual tomato with basil pesto; I use shop-bought for convenience but you could also make your own. It is a delicious twist that really works with the garlicky mushrooms and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and makes for a pretty special pizza that is perfect both for a dinner to impress, or for eating in front of the TV in your PJ’s. Your choice.
Here’s what you’ll need:
(Makes two 10 inch pizzas)
For the pizza dough:
- 2 1/2 cups white bread flour
- 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water + extra if needed
- semolina and flour for rolling