I’m officially a graduate! On the hottest day of the year so far (a scorching 35 degrees in some areas) I was robed up – dress, gown and heels, ready to join my course mates to graduate at Bristol’s gorgeous Wills Memorial Building. It was definitely not the best day to be doing it, but it would certainly be memorable and we all managed to laugh through it, with the Vice Chancellor remarking on it being a tropical graduation.
While a heatwave may be unpleasant when you’re stuck working in an office, or in my case having to graduate, it does mean warm summer evenings.
So taking advantage of the tropical evening temperatures brought on by the heatwave, I decided to make a homemade pizza to enjoy outside in the garden with my family! And what better way to celebrate the end of an era as a student… as everyone knows pizza is a student’s best friend!
For the base
300g strong white flour
1/2 tsp yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
Half can chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic diced
Salt and pepper
Slices of chorizo
Cheddar (to grate)
Basil (to garnish)
For the base, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then transfer the dough to a floured worktop and kneed the dough for 5 minutes. Leave in a warm place to prove for about 30 mins until the dough has risen.
Make the tomato sauce. Add a drizzle of oil to a pan and gently fry the garlic. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and let it simmer for about 10mins. Season with salt and pepper.
Grease a large baking tray with some oil and press out the dough using the heel of your hand until it is stretched out to the size you want it.
Spread the tomato sauce over the dough, leaving the edges free to make a crust. Then add the toppings. Grate some cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 15-20mins. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.