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Friday Food: Pizza (Pie)

Jamie Oliver has a new show. It is in response to many people who exclaimed that his recipes were too expensive to cook. I concur to some degree. We have seen three episodes of Save With Jamie and he has had recipes that are inexpensive, tasty and make lots of left overs. He also has a section that focuses on takeaways and how to save money.

In my never ending quest to conquer Yeast In Cooking I decided to try his Pizza Pie. Fear not, there is no pastry, it is rather a deeper dish pizza. I pretty much followed Jamie's recipe because I had all the herbs, but you could use whatever was on hand: BBQ chicken, salami, ham, bacon and a multitude of cheeses and herbs.

You really can make 4 pizzas with meat for about $12, well $11-65 in my case. This assumes you have some olive oil, salt and pepper, chilli, garlic and breadcrumbs, so let's say $14?? I expect most people would have these things. The sauce and sausages are divided amongst the 4 pizzas.

  • pizza and bread flour $3-50
  • 1 sachet of yeast 40 cents
  • tin of crushed tomatoes $1-65
  • mozzarella cheese $2-50
  • other cheese $1-00
  • red onion 30 cents
  • 350 of Italian pork sausages $2-30

I made my pizza without the pork sausages and I froze the three pieces of dough and left over sauce.I bought flour specifically labelled for bread and pizzas. It cost a little more, but it was just on the normal supermarket shelf. It has more protein I think, and so makes a better dough.

I have trouble finding a warm spot for dough to rise. I had a bit of a brainwave and I preheated the oven on Defrost and then turned it off and popped the dough in to rise. It worked like a dream!!!

This is a long and wandering post. Basically, the dough and sauce here makes enough for 4, but the cheese and onion is just for ONE.


Pizza (Pie)   One pizza serves 4-8 people, depending on the meal

  • 1kg bread/pizza flour
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 600ml tepid water
  • 2 tbspn olive oil (40ml)
  • 1 440g tin crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tspn dried oregano
  • 1 tspn brown sugar
  • dried chilli as desired
  • pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1 tspn crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced into rings
  • 50-100g cheese: mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar etc
  • breadcrumbs of some description
  • extra olive oil

NB This is enough sauce and dough for 4 pizzas. The onion and cheese is just enough for ONE.

I know this recipe has a long list of herbs,but use whatever you have, or like. I keep my opened dry herbs and spices in a ziplock bag in a dark drawer because I usually buy bags rather than bottles.

I used my new easy grip 24cm Pyrex pie dish, which was on sale for $7!!!

To begin, pour the yeast into the water, and mix. Leave for a few minutes.

Yeast and flour
Put the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast water and 40ml of olive oil. Mix well with a fork and then use your hand to form a dough. Jamie put the yeasty water, olive oil, flour and salt into his food processor and used that to mix.


Dough knead rise
Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
Place in a bowl, cover with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour. It should double in size.

The topping
While it is rising, make the sauce. You can use your food processor, but honestly, I just mixed everything together in a bowl: the crushed tomatoes, herbs and spices, garlic, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
I used the end of some Ashgrove tasty cheese which is for melting and I bought some baby bocconcini mozzarella. A small tub is $5 and I used 1/4 of the cheese, which was way too much.

Risen dough
When the dough is risen,  and look how well it rose,

One pizza of dough
knead lightly and divide into quarters. I used 1 quarter and froze the other 3. I did a pizza-y thing and made a disc of the dough and then held it up and used it like a steering wheel, and went round and round, holding onto the top, letting the weight of the dough make it larger. Just roll it out really!!

Dough in the dish
Use the extra olive oil to grease your pizza pie dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs, or polenta maybe. This will give the pizza crispy base.

Press into the pie dish, making sure it comes up the sides and let it rise again for about 20 minutes.

Make and bake
Preheat the oven to 190*C. When the dough is risen spoon over 1/4 of the sauce, the cheese and onion and whatever else you fancy. Jamie used about 90 of pork sausage at this point. He squeezed them out of their skin and then popped small pieces of the meat filling in and around the other toppings.

You can prepare the other 3 pizzas up to this point and then freeze them.

Put the pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The sides of the pizza dough will be risen and golden and crisp, but you can ease a flat knife under and check to see that the base is cooked. Let it cool for a few minutes. I know this because I could not contain myself and I ate a slice straight away and burnt the roof of my mouth and made a blister.

Pizza pie
And there you are, a home made pizza for about $4-00. You know what's in it, it is healthy and very tasty. I love that I have three more bases ready to go. If I had made the extra effort to prepare the other three pizzas, Jamie says they can be cooked from frozen, but the cooking time will be 50-60 minutes.

With a great salad, this would make a fabulous proper meal, but imagine feeding a horde of footy fans four pizzas!!! You could vary the toppings, and all for less than the cost of one takeaway pizza.



Looks great. I love watching Jamie and saw of one his new episodes yesterday.


Looks yummy. I quite enjoy the 30 minute and 15 minute meals but that is more of 1 hour and 45 minutes variety for me.


Just look at that dough, how well it's risen. Pizza and salad sound like something to do soon. Perhaps potato and rosemary so I can give the rosemary bush a little haircut.


My Mum likes to make her own pizza dough, but I never seem to decide early enough in the day to get my act together, so we buy bases from Baker's Delight and do our own toppings.
As for warm spots to make the dough rise, have you heard of the trick of putting it in the car? On an otherwise cool day, the car warms up a lot in the sun, so I have done bread rolls and things in there before, and it works a treat! Of course, I don't think it would work if your car is in a garage, but since mine is usually parked on the street in front of our house, it works beautifully.
I am enjoying my Starry Night bag very much - it is the perfect size for my shawl project! It had a first official outing at Pierre's - classy knitting accessories for a classy place :) Thank you again!


I love home made pizza!! I pop my dough into my bed to rise.


Yum! That looks fantastic! Maybe I should buy his book (it would be my first one of his!). I do like to make a meal that has leftovers.


I think I must try these out as I have been watching Jamie's Save as well. I like it not only for the saving tips but also because it's about saving money there is none of those fancy weirdo ingredients that I don't like (I'm a bit fussy).

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