7g dry yeast
1/2 tsp caster sugar
180ml warm water
300g plain flour (I used bread flour)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp polenta (corn meal)
Mix the yeast, sugar and water together, allow to stand (covered) for about 10 minutes or until frothy.
Sift the flour and salt into the bowl of your mixer.
Add the yeast mixture and olive oil - mix to a soft dough. Add extra water if necessary.
Knead the dough until smooth and elastic about 10 minutes by hand, 6 by machine.
Take the dough out of the bowl with one hand, oil the bowl with the other and then replace the dough (saving washing up!)
Leave covered in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the bowl and massage the air out (AWW tell you to punch it out - but I'm too nice!!)
Turn on the oven at 240 C.
Knead on a floured surface until smooth.
Divide the dough in half, and roll each half to your desired thickness - about 20x35cm.
Place on a oiled (or floured) baking tray.
Sprinkle the dough with polenta and prick the base with a fork.
Cover with your topping of choice.
Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until it looks ready.