Quickest Pizza Ever from Jamie Oliver

February 13, 2014 , In: Family Friendly Meal, Mains , With: 5 Comments

Pizza OneSo a while back I wrote a post on how I have just kind of given up on complicated meals and bought three Jamie Oliver cookbooks to feed my demand for easy meals.  One of those was Meals in Minutes (which has caused our family to eat dessert way more often than we used to!)

There is a recipe for pizza included.  In Meals in Minutes.

I was totally unconvinced there could be a quick way to make pizza.  The dough!  The cooking!

But, I’ve made it twice now and am always shocked by how quick and good it is.  Last time I made it (when I took these photos) it was done half an hour quicker than I expected and it just sat there until we were ready to eat it.

The dough is super quick (self-rising flour and water) and the method uses a hot frying pan and broiler.  Maybe one of the reasons it works so well is that both my oven and stove top are gas, so both can get pretty screaming hot.

Regardless, I think I might be putting all my other pizza recipes to the side and will be using this one much more in the future.  Quick and tasty – love it!  And it just slides out of the pan onto the cutting board (I’ve scraped pizza off of one too many baking sheets…)

Just a note: For measurements, he uses a ‘mug’.  Now, I guess I could have seen how many ml a mug held, but, I just used a coffee mug!

Pizza 2

Cheat's Pizza
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 3
This quick pizza is a winner and super easy.
  • 1½ mugs of self-raising flour plus extra for dusting
  • ½ mug water
  • olive oil
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • whatever other toppings you want
  1. Turn your broiler element on to as hot as it will go.
  2. Put a large ovenproof frying pan on high heat
  3. Dust a clean surface with flour
  4. Put the flour into a food processor or mixer with a paddle attachment.
  5. Add the tepid water with a pinch of salt and a glug of olive oil.
  6. Whiz (if using a food processor) or mix (in your mixer) until smooth then place on floured surface.
  7. Dough will still be very wet
  8. Sprinkle the top of the dough and rolling pin with flour
  9. Roll the dough to 1cm thickness.
  10. Drizzle oliver oil into the pan, then dust the dough with flour again
  11. Very carefully slide dough into the pan
  12. Push the edges down into the sides of the pan
  13. Add pizza sauce and toppings
  14. Broil for 4 or 5 minutes until golden and cooked through.


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  2. Reply

    This sounds delicious! Our family loves pizza so I’m going to have to try this one!

      • Michelle
      • August 28, 2015

      Yes, try it out! It’s been too long since we’ve made this one as well 🙂

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