Classic Margherita pizza


Sometimes, all you need is a super simple Margherita pizza: tomato, mozzarella, dough. The soft and easy-to-handle dough is made with Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour, which puffs up beautifully into a super chewy crust. If you don't have a pizza oven, this can also be made in a regular oven preheated for an hour at its highest setting. The pizza will take about 10–15 minutes to cook.

First published in 2024
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Pizza base

Tomato sauce



  • pizza oven



Begin by preparing the pizza dough. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt together in a big mixing bowl


Mix the water and oil together, then stir into the dry ingredients

  • 300ml of warm water
  • 50ml of olive oil, plus extra for greasing

Tip the pizza dough onto a lightly flour-dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer for 5 minutes)


Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil


Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size 


Preheat your pizza oven for cooking the pizza


Next, prepare the tomato sauce. In a large bowl, mix together the tomato passata, chopped basil, oregano and sugar before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper 


Once risen, divide the dough into two pieces – while you're working on one piece, keep the other one under the tea towel to stop it drying out


Roll a piece of dough out as thin as you can get it on a lightly-floured surface, then transfer it to a pizza peel dusted with semolina 

  • semolina, for dusting

Use your fingers to press down the centre of the dough and create a crust 


Spoon the tomato passata sauce onto the base of the pizza, and top with the sliced mozzarella 


Cook in the pizza oven for around 1 minute, turning every 10 seconds, or until bubbly and cooked through 


Top with some fresh basil leaves as it comes out of the pizza oven and drizzle with olive oil before serving

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