A couple of months ago I heard of a new company on Twitter called The Northern Dough Co. It’s a company that sells boxes of frozen pizza dough and the best bit, is that it comes in a variety of flavours. The pizza dough comes in Original, Wholemeal, Rosemary and Chilli. I was really excited about the wholemeal one as I don’t eat much white food unless it’s pasta or pizza. You can buy the pizza dough online from Waitrose and in some of their stores. It is quite hard to get hold of so when you see it you should stock up. Each box contains two small balls of frozen dough.
All you have to do is leave one out in a bowl covered over and it will defrost and expand after 12 hours. I leave mine out over night if I know I will be using it the next day. So far I have used the Original and Wholemeal pizza dough. I decided this time to use the Original dough for my pizza. Normally when I make a pizza or my pitta pizzas I always pick simple toppings but this time I thought I’m going to try and add as much flavour as possible.
Firstly I need to create a pizza base with my dough. I cleaned the work surface and covered it in some flour and placed the dough ball in the centre. Using a rolling pin and I round out the dough whilst turning it over every now and then. I then picked it up like a real pizza maker and pulled the dough outwards so it stretched evenly. I then placed the pizza base onto a pizza baking tray. I had previously bought a Pizza Express tomato sauce from Waitrose months before.
I poured some into the centre like they do in restaurants and swirled it around until it reached the edges. At this point in time I really thought I could go into the pizza industry. The only problem with the can of Pizza Express sauce is that there was so much left over I only needed to use a fifth of the can for the pizza but luckily my brother was having pasta for dinner so he used it as a sauce. It was quite difficult getting the pizza into a perfect round shape but I did ok.
For the toppings of the pizza I tried to add things that would add taste and colour to the pizza. I decided to go for cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, red and orange peppers, tuna and red onion. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pizza before with all these toppings on. After chopping all the toppings up into small pieces I just scattered them over the pizza base and made sure I filled most of the gaps.
I can’t wait to try this with wholemeal pizza dough as then it will be healthier. Here are some pre oven photographs of before and after. I preheated the oven to 200 degrees and cooked the pizza for around 10-15 minutes but I made sure I checked it all the time.
The first thing you notice is how the dough turns into a thin puffy pizza base just like the pizzas you get in expensive restaurant. This is why I love the dough as the pizza looks and tastes just like a handmade pizza from a restaurant. After trying the pizza and sharing it out it was the best pizza I had ever tasted and I wished I had made one just for myself. The pizza dough and toppings had so much flavour, even the pizza I tried in Italy didn’t have as much flavour as this one. The dough can also make other things such as dough balls for dipping in garlic sauce. I hope in the future my freezer can be full of dough so I can make lots of different things with it.
What toppings would you recommend on a pizza?
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