I have got something easy and fun for you today! We have a little tradition in our house called “Pizza Fridays”. It’s a treat to look forward to at the end of the school and work week and, depending on what is on the schedule that day, I tend to whip up a quick pizza for the kids to have for supper. Occasionally I will make a proper yeast dough and tomato sauce from scratch for the whole family to enjoy, but it is usually something I can put together pronto like this tortilla pizza or today’s recipe which uses scone dough as its base.
I love this scone dough pizza – think of it as the thin crust pizza’s soft and and fluffy cousin! The scone dough only takes a couple of minutes to make and is a great option if you are looking for a pizza base recipe without any yeast. You can definitely get the little ones involved too, let them pat the dough into the pan and cover it in tomato paste, cheese and all of their favourite toppings.
SCONE DOUGH PIZZA
- 2 cups cake flour + extra for dusting
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 50g chilled butter
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup milk
- 50g tomato paste
- a good handful of grated cheddar and/or mozzarella cheese
- 2 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 slices of salami, cut up
- mixed dried herbs
1.) Preheat your oven to 200ºC. Lightly grease a 22cm springform tin or cake tin and dust with flour.
2.) Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
3.) Cut the butter into cubes and use your fingertips to rub them into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. (You can also use a food processor for this step!)
4.) Beat the egg lightly with a fork, then stir into the mixture.
5.) Gradually add the milk and mix gently with your hands until you have a thick dough. (You may not need all of the milk.) Be careful not to overwork the dough as this could result in a tough pizza base.
6.) Turn the dough out onto your prepared tin. Dust your hands with a little flour and gently pat the dough out to cover the base of the tin.
7.) Spread the tomato paste over the dough. Sprinkle with grated cheese and top with sliced mushrooms and salami (or toppings of your choice). Lastly, sprinkle some mixed dried herbs over the pizza.
8.) Bake the pizza for 15-18 minutes or until baked through. Slice and serve immediately.