For the pizza dough:
400g strong white bread flour
90g strong wholewheat bread flour
10g semolina flour
1 sachet fast-action yeast
½ caster sugar
1 tsp salt
325ml lukewarm water
2 tbsp olive oil (plus a little extra for oiling the bowl)
For the hoisin-style sauce:
3-4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
½ tsp Chinese five spice
1 clove grated garlic
2cm grated fresh ginger
Chilli flakes (optional)
For the toppings:
100g soya pieces
1 pak choi
½ red onion
½ fresh red chilli
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp white sesame seeds (optional)
1 tbsp black sesame seeds (optional)
Makes: 2 x 12-inch pizzas
Preparation time: 2 hours 30 mins
Cooking time: 8 – 10 mins per pizza
Total time: 2 hours 50 mins
- For the dough, add the flours, yeast, sugar and salt to a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the water and oil and mix until completely combined. If you have a stand mixer, use the dough-hook attachment on a low speed.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. If using a stand mixer, turn up to medium/high speed and allow to knead for 5 mins.
- Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl making sure you lightly coat the ball of dough in oil as well.
- Cover bowl with a tea-towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, bring a medium-sized saucepan of water to the boil and add the soya pieces. Allow to simmer for 5 mins.
- Drain the soya pieces and leave to cool before using your hands to squeeze out the remaining liquid. Set aside.
- Add all the hoisin-style sauce ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
- Add the soya pieces to the sauce and leave to marinate while the dough continues to prove.
- Cut the courgette and aubergine into 1cm cubes and toss in the oil and soy sauce.
- Transfer to a baking sheet and roast for 20 mins at 180 Celsius. Set aside.
- Cut off the base of the pak choi so the leaves separate from each-other. Slice each leaf lengthwise and steam for 5 mins. Set aside.
- Thinly slice red onion and fresh chilli. Set aside.
- When the dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half.
- Shape each half into a ball, lightly flour the top of each, cover with a tea-towel and let sit for another 15 mins.
- Pre-heat the oven to or 250 Celsius, making sure the baking tray you are going to use is inside the oven, so it heats up as well.
- Using your fingertips, press each ball of dough into a circle approximately 12-inches across, making sure you form a crust at the edge.
- Remove the pre-heated baking tray from the oven and carefully transfer the pizza base onto it – it’s best to cook one pizza at a time!
- Pour over half the sauce and soya pieces and spread evenly using the back of a spoon. Add half of the rest of your toppings.
- Bake for 8 – 10 mins, keeping an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn.
- Remove from the oven and repeat steps 19 and 20 with your second pizza.
- Brush both crusts with a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle over the sesame seeds.