Pizza with caramelised onion and ham – The Pesky Bakers – Aiden Marsh (10) and Jake Holwill (10)

Basic Pizza dough_mg_2716

  • 2 teaspoons (7g) dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 200g coarsely grated cheese
  • 100g legged ham
  • 130g thinly sliced red pepper

Caramelised onions:_mg_2746

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large red or brown onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
  2. Combine yeast, sugar, salt and the warm water in small bowl, cover; stand in warm place about 20 minutes or until mixture is frothy.
  3. Combine flour and oil in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture, mix to a soft dough.
  4. Knead dough on floured surface about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in large oiled bowl, cover, stand in warm place about 1 hour or_mg_2776 until dough doubles in size.
  5. Heat oil in a large fry pan over low heat. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt and cook very slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up, as you don’t want the onions to burn.
  6. When onions are softened and tinged golden, add sugar and balsamic – this will start the caramelization process.
  7. Cook onion over low heat for a further 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sticky and caramelised.
  8. Once dough has proved, turn dough into floured surface, knead until smooth.
  9. Divide dough in half, using rolling pin, flatten dough and roll each half out to a 32cm round.
  10. Carefully lift each round onto oiled pizza pan or oven tray
  11. Using pastry brush, brush 1 teaspoon olive oil over pizza base.
  12. Place 2 tablespoons tomato paste on base, using back of spoon to spread sauce all over base.
  13. Sprinkle 50g coarsely gated pizza cheese over sauce,
  14. top with caramelised onion, 70g coarsely chopped leg ham and then 65g thinly sliced red pepper. Sprinkle another 50g coarsely grated pizza cheese over pizza.
  15. Bake, uncovered, in very hot oven for 8-10 minutes.

Enjoy! Yum.Me!


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