Preparation time: 35mins
Cooking time: 15-20mins
Serves: as many as you want
Dietary guidance: v v
for the base:
â€¢500g./1 lb./3 cups plain flour, white or wholemeal
â€¢1 packet of easy blend dried yeast
â€¢approx 200 ml./1 cup warm water but keep adding until you get a good dough
â€¢1 tin chopped tomatoes (approx. 400g/14oz.)
â€¢2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
â€¢2 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil
â€¢salt and pepper to taste
â€¢1 small tin of mushrooms or/and sweetcorn (optional)
â€¢sesame seeds for sprinkling on top
Mix the flour with the yeast and add the water gradually. Mix well (with your hands is best) and then knead for a couple of minutes until the dough is fairly smooth.
Place on a large greased baking tray and flatten into desired shape (ie. - circle). Brush lightly with olive oil.
Leave in a warm place to rise while you prepare the topping:
Mix together the tomatoes, herbs, oil and seasoning in a bowl and then spread over the pizza base.
If using the mushrooms/sweetcorn - coat them in a little olive oil and arrange on the top of the pizza.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 200 C/400F for 15 to 20 minutes until ready.
Variations - obviously you can add whatever toppings you like to the basic tomato mixture - olives, vegan 'cheeses', pineapple chunks, vegan meat substitutes etc. You can also vary the herbs used, add garlic and onion or add herbs or seeds to the base. If you want a softer base you can leave the dough to rise for half an hour before adding the toppings but we find it great without doing that.