Pizza Express reveals recipe for iconic Margarita pizza
Lockdown means we’re all getting wholesome. We are baking. Banana bread, sourdough, bagels – if it involved dough, we’re making it. One of the most delicious dough-based recipes has to be pizza.
And now Pizza Express has revealed the exact recipe of its much-loved Margherita pizza, so you can recreate that iconic taste without leaving your house.
The latest reveal comes just days after the pizza chain dropped the recipe for its Dough Balls, and now pizza purists can try their hand at one of the most classic Italian dishes their is.
It all starts with the perfect base – light, crisp and tasty. Then simple yet big flavours come in the form of fresh basil, melted mozzarella and tomato passata.
This pizza promises to be a family crowd-pleaser, and could even trick your brain into thinking you’ve gone out for dinner.
The timeless recipe has featured on Pizza Express menus since 1965, and the steps really aren’t too hard to follow.
Prep time: 40 mins | Cooking time: 10-12 mins | Makes: 1 large pizza
150ml warm water – around 27 degrees
1 teaspoon of sugar 15g
fresh yeast (or 2 level teaspoons of dry yeast)
225g of plain flour (plus extra for working)
1.5 teaspoons of salt
Extra virgin olive oil (and a little for drizzling)
80g of tomato passata
70g mozzarella (or any cheese you have)
Pinch of oregano 1
Basil leaf (if you have one)
Method: Preheat the oven to 230 degrees. Add the sugar and crumble the fresh yeast into warm water.
Allow the mixture to stand for 10-15 minutes in a warm place (we find a windowsill on a sunny day works best) until froth develops on the surface.
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Lightly flour your hands, and slowly mix the ingredients together until they bind. Generously dust your surface with flour. Throw down the dough and begin kneading for 10 minutes until smooth, silky and soft.
Place in a lightly oiled, non-stick baking tray (any shape will do) Spread the passata on top making sure you go to the edge.
Evenly place the mozzarella (or other cheese) on top, season with the oregano and black pepper, then drizzle with a little olive oil.
Cook in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until the cheese slightly colours. When ready, place the basil leaf on top and tuck in.