|1. Mix the flour and salt into the a mixing bowl. Blend the fresh
yeast with the warm water and add to the dry ingredients with the oil.
If using dried
yeast, dissolve the sugar in the warm water and sprinkle in the dried yeast.
Leave to stand
in a warm place for about 10 minutes until frothy, then add to the flour as above. Mix to a
rough dough in the basin. Turn the dough out on to a clean working surface and knead for
about 5 minutes or until the dough is firm and elastic. shape into a ball, place in basin
and leave in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
2. Turn the risen dough out on to a floured working surface and press firmly with the knuckles to knock out the air. Divide the dough into four pieces. Shape each one into a ball and roll out each to an 8- inch (20 cm) circle. Place each circle of dough on to a greased baking sheet. Brush the dough with olive oil and cover with a layer of tomato sauce and grated cheese Season with pepper and sprinkle with oregano. Decorate each one with the topping of your choice. Use salami, cooked minced meat, black olives, sliced bell pepper, fried onions and mushrooms. Set the prepared pizza aside in a warm place for about 15-20 minutes before baking.
3. Bake the pizza in a preheated hot oven (425 F., 220C., gas mark 7) for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut in wedges and serve warm.
In a large saucepan bring tomatoes oil and water ( if using fresh tomatoes) to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and mashing the fresh tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon, Simmer until sauce is reduces to about 2 1/2 cups. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature. (Sauce can be frozen for 2 weeks.)
Makes about 2 1/2 cups.