How to make our Pastry Mix
The video below will show you how to make our pastry mix. It is essential that you make this pastry by hand as it will not turn out well if you use a mixer or similar device. The flour used for kneading and rolling is tapioca, if you substitute this for anything else you will not get the same result.
Pastry does not freeze well in a block, or roll out well once it's been frozen. The best way to handle anything leftover is to roll it out and cut it into rounds for use as pizza bases then freeze these on a tray with something in-between them to free-flow. You can then defrost these and use anytime within three months. You can also freeze in quiche tins as ready made bases for that quick lunch when needed!
Substitutions for those who dairy intolerant or vegan
You can sub out the butter for 1/4 cup of ghee and this will remove the dairy proteins, everything else remains the same. If you are severely allergic to dairy I suggest you use the vegan substitutes below.
If you wish to make this recipe vegan please do the following:
Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the dry mix and combine well.
Into the water put 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and bring to the boil.
Pour the boiling water into the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a knife until it comes together into a ball. You can then knead on a tapioca floured bench briefly until smooth and roll out as usual. You may need a little extra tapioca as it will be a little stickier than the original version.
How to make Pizza Bases
Make dough as per instructions. Cut into two and roll each half just large enough to fit a 30cm pizza tray. Prick all over with a fork and bake in the oven at 180C for 8 minutes. By this time the dough will have bubbled up so prick again with a fork. Bake for another 8 minutes.
At this point, if you like a crispier base, turn over and top the underside, otherwise top as it is for a slightly doughier base.
Top with flavours of choice and return to the oven for another 20 minutes or until done. Enjoy!
(If you are only needing one pizza base then you can cool, wrap and store the second base in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to a month)