Long gone is the need for cardboard freezer pizza. Have your own, ready to go, with The Ice Kitchen Method. I’m not just talking about dough – I mean a pizza with all the toppings, just the way you like it, ready to pop into the oven and on your table in 15 minutes. Pass the chilli flakes!
MAKES 8 SMALL PIZZAS
5 MINUTES PREP
15 MINUTES REST
15 MINUTES COOKING
500g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp fast-action dried yeast
2 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 tbsp tomato passata
2 large balls of mozzarella, pulled into shreds
chilli flakes, Parma ham, fresh rocket smudges of ’nduja, basil leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and line some baking trays with baking parchment.
2. Put all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Make a well in the centre and pour in 300g warm water along with the extra virgin olive oil. Stir to bring together into a wet dough. Dust your hands with flour and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave to rest for about 15 minutes.
3. Divide the dough into 8 balls and roll each out on a floured surface as thin as you can. Transfer the pizza base to the lined baking trays and top as you like.
4. Pop into the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese topping is bubbling and golden and the pizza is cooked through.
TIP You can freeze the dough unrolled and defrost at room temperature (this will take approximately 2 hours). You’ll need to roll, top and cook the pizzas as soon as the dough has defrosted, in an oven preheated to 220C/200C fan/gas 7, for about 10 minutes.
FREEZE Keep the pizza on the baking paper and double-wrap the whole pizza (baking paper too!) with foil, into a labelled resealable freezer bag, then put into the freezer.
FREEZER TO TABLE Remove the bag and foil (leave the baking paper underneath) and bake in an oven preheated to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and golden and bubbling on top.
Recipe from The Ice Kitchen: Fast Fresh Food To Fill Your Family and Your Freezer by Shivi Ramoutar, published by HarperCollins on e-book (£7.99) and hardback (£16.99)