Recipe: Valentine’s Day Pizza

If you’re stuck for ideas this Valentine’s Day then the following recipe might just be perfect. You can make the bases in advance and decorate with your loved one or serve as a special surprise… and if you’ve not got yourself a valentine, decorating these would make a perfect night in with the girls.

Ingredients:

– 130g plain flour

– 1 tsp salt

– 7g packet of fast action dried yeast

–  85 ml water

For the toppings:

-Jar of pizza topping or tomato puree

– Cheese

– Toppings of your choice

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Method:

  1. Mix together the flour, salt and yeast and gradually add the water, stirring until well incorporated.
  2. Then mix the dough gently with your hands to bring it together and form into a ball. Transfer to a large, greased, bowl and cover with cling film. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it has almost doubled in size (best to leave overnight or whilst you’re out in the day.)
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into a rough rectangle. Divide into two equal portions and working with one portion at a time knead for a few minutes. Set a side on a floured backing sheet and let it rest covered with a tea towel for around an hour.
  4. Now it’s time for the toppings- if you’re going to be doing this with your valentine then keep your bases in the fridge covered with cling film until you are ready.
  5. Preheat your oven to 220C and with one dough ball at a time, gently shape into a heart shape by gently stretching the two top ends of the dough.
  6. Arrange the dough on a baking sheet and top with your desired toppings before baking the pizza until the bottom of the crust is crisp and the top is blistered- around 10-12 minutes.
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