The Marulan General Store’s Pizza Base Recipe

We’re totally committed to bringing you the very best of everything we offer. That’s why the entire team at The Marulan General Store have been busily chomping and nom-nom-nomming endless variations of home-made pizzas. See the extent we go to for you, dear customer? We think we’ve arrived at “the one”. In fact we’re so delighted with it, we thought we’d share the recipe with you. Give it a go at home and let us know what you reckon.

Ingredients:

1 packet (2¼ teaspoons) yeast

1¼ cup hot water

3½ – 3¾ cups plain flour

1 tablespoons honey (sugar or agave works too)

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons cornmeal, for dusting

Optional: fresh rosemary sprigs, chopped

You can pick-up all of these ingredients at our store!

Directions:

Step 1: Attach a dough hook to your electric mixer. Combine the yeast and water in the mixer’s bowl and stir for just a few seconds. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to foam. Add the 3½ cups of flour, honey, salt, optional chopped rosemary, and olive oil to the mixer. Use the ‘stir’ setting (or the lowest setting) on your mixer to combine the mixture for a minute.

Step 2: Once mixed, knead the dough for around 8 minutes on the low-medium speed. If the dough is wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time (up to 4 tablespoons) until it comes together. The dough should be smooth when it’s done. It shouldn’t be sticky when you touch it. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large oiled mixing bowl. Swirl the dough ball around so all sides are coated with the oil. Cover it with plastic wrap.

Step 3: Heat the oven on its lowest heat setting for 5-7 minutes. Turn the oven off and place the mixing bowl inside. Allow the dough to rise. Depending on the type of yeast used, your dough will take 1-2 hours to rise.

Step 4: When dough has risen, punch the air out of it. Divide it into two even dough balls. Let them rest for 15 minutes. If you do not plan to use the dough right away, cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Remove the dough from the fridge 30 minutes prior to using. You can also freeze the dough balls to use later.

Step 5: Position two racks near the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 250ºC. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and flatten it to a 12-inch circle. Create a lip or rim by thickening the dough around the crust. This helps stop the sauce from running over the sides. Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.

Step 6: Top with homemade pizza sauce (which you can buy from our store: either online or in-store) and your desired toppings. Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes. You can also turn your oven’s griller on for the last few minutes of cooking if you’d like your edges and cheese to go brown.

Notes:

You can freeze your pizza dough. To do this, lightly spray the inside of a zipped-top bag as well as the dough ball. Place the dough inside and squeeze out as much air as possible. Pizza dough can be frozen for up to 2 months.

To thaw the dough simply let it refrigerate overnight or for about 12 hours. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes before rolling it out.

Did You Know?

Did you know you can pick-up ready-to-bake pizzas at the store? You can also order take-away pizzas. We know that everyone has “those nights” when time just seems to run away and the last thing you want to do is cook for the family. Of course you could always take the family out for a feed, but that could get expensive and those options aren’t always the healthiest. And, to be honest, those chilly winter nights aren’t always easy to face. So why not try our delicious pizza options? We offer a few choices:

  • Treat the family to a pizza at our cozy, warm store;
  • Pick-up a take-away (already baked) pizza from the store; or
  • Pick-up a ready-to-bake pizza from the store and cook it yourself at home – this means that your pizza will be hot and ready when you want.