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Pizza Pronto

24 Apr

Today has been one of those days when I have quite successfully done nothing much at all for the entire day.  Tea time for the children was looming, and I couldn’t even be bothered to call for a takeaway. That is where little store cupboard staples like tortilla wraps come in. Perfect for packed lunches and, as it turns out, little pizzas. These are so quick, in the time it takes you to choose from the takeaway menu, they will be ready for the oven.

We are lucky enough to have a couple of pizza stones. I cannot recommend them enough. I don’t just use them for pizzas. They are fantastic for baking any type of pastries on and we have ended up using ours so much more that I expected.

I find that the trick with these is to get the oven as hot as possible and to heat the stones before you use them.  Then the pizzas themselves will usually cook in under 5 minutes, so keep a close eye on them.

A mistake that I frequently made in the past was to put far too much topping on my pizzas. This meant they were always a bit too gloopy and the base stayed soggy. I find that by keeping the toppings light, the pizzas will be crisp and light and ready in a flash.

Todays toppings were a random selection of whatever we had left in the fridge and the whole operation, including help from the toddlers took around 5 minutes. We had fresh pesto wtih tomatoes and mozzarella, salami and mozzarella, and my personal favourite red onion chutney with halloumi. I love the contrast of the sweet chutney with the saltiness of the halloumi. And it works very well with a sprinkle of rocket on top when you get it out of the oven.

A drizzle of olive oil on top before it enters the oven will ensure the finished product glistens invitingly when it is golden, crisp and ready to eat.

METHOD

Heat oven to 230 degrees and leave pizza stones in to warm up.

Break open a packet of ready-made tortillas

Rummage in the fridge for cheese/ham/veggies/pesto/chutney for pizza topping

Assemble to taste. Go easy on the toppings.

Place on pizza stones and cook for about 5 minutes

Pizza Pronto