Meals are a complex issue right now; with government advice stating that we should only be going to the shops for essentials, and supermarket shelves often depleted when we do make it into the store, many of us are turning to store cupboard essentials to rustle up food the whole family will enjoy.
Luckily, the nation’s top chefs are on hand to help us make the most of what we’ve got in stock. First Jamie Oliver’s Keep Cooking and Carry On taught us how to make fresh pasta with just two ingredients, and now Lisa Faulkner and her husband, MasterChef’s John Torode, have revealed a clever hack for whipping up our other favourite comfort food, pizza, with no yeast required.
In fact, their inventive version of the Italian classic, which they shared on Instagram, requires just four basic ingredients (plus toppings, of course): self-raising flour, a pinch of salt, baking powder, and yogurt.
‘It usually needs yeast but we don’t have it so we’re going to use yogurt,’ John says in the video, to which Lisa adds: ‘Natural yogurt, but I could only find Greek yogurt. It’s exactly the same.’
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250g natural yogurt 250g SR flour 1tsp baking powder Pinch salt Mix ingredients together into a ball. Divide into 4 balls and roll out on a floured surface. Heat oven 220c and out on tray for 3-4 minutes. Take out . Turn over and top with tomato sauce and any toppings you like. Tomato Sauce 1tin toms 1 onion chopped 1tbsp olive oil S&P Start to cook the onions in the oil. Add a splash of water and stir. Then add another splash of water and cook down. Season, add the tomatoes and cook a further 5 minutes. This sauce will keep for pasta or soup or spaghetti.
To whip up the dough for the simple no-yeast pizza recipe, all you need to do is combine the four ingredients and divide into four balls, to make four individual bases.
Lisa Faulkner’s no-yeast pizza recipe: the ingredients you need
250g natural yogurt
250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Even if you don’t have self raising flour in the cupboard, Lisa notes that you can ‘use plain flour but put a big teaspoon, maybe two, of baking powder’, to help give your bases a decent rise.
Once they’re prepared, you simply put them into a 220C oven for 3-4 minutes, then it’s time to add sauce, cheese and whatever else takes your fancy. John and Lisa even shared their go-to tomato topping recipe, which can also be used for pasta, soup or spaghetti.
Fans were seriously impressed with the suggestion, with one writing: ‘Love watching you two. Thank you so much for giving us such great ideas!! 🙏😊’
‘Absolutely love these videos ! We have had to isolate as my husband is feeling unwell. With a 12 & 15 year old in the house this is Food Tech and lunch sorted👌🏻 Thanks so much,’ agreed another.
So, if you’re self-isolating for the foreseeable but have a few staples in supply, you might still be able to get a slice of the action and make pizza for your household. Enjoy!