Neapolitan-Style Pizza

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For the dough:
1 flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh yeast
11 ounces lukewarm water
For the topping:
10 1/2 ounces canned plum tomatoes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce parmesan cheese, freshly grated
a few fresh basil leaves or some dried oregano
5 ounces mozzarella, roughly chopped
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
For the additional toppings:
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 rosemary sprig, chopped
1 ounce taleggio, grated
1/2 courgette, sliced
1/4 eggplant, sliced
handful rocket leaves

Preheat the oven to 500.

In a large bowl, place the flour and salt together. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and gradually add to the flour. Mix well until you obtain a dough. If you find the dough too sticky, just add a little flour.

Shape the dough into a ball and leave to rest covered with a cloth for 5 minutes. After this time, you will find the dough much more pliable to work with. Knead the dough and split into two. Knead each piece for a couple of minutes each and form into balls. Sprinkle some flour on a clean kitchen cloth and place the dough on it covering with a slightly damp cloth. Leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Place the tomatoes in a bowl and squash them slightly, add salt and pepper and mix well.

Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface and with your fingers spread the dough into a roughly round shape with a border. Make the dough as thin as a pancake but beware not to split the dough. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on two large flat baking sheets and place the pizza bases on them.

Spread a little of the tomato evenly over each base - not put too much as the pizza will go soggy. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, add a few basil leaves or sprinkle some oregano and top with pieces of mozzarella cheese. Then add topping of your choice.

Place in the hot oven for 7 minutes (a couple of minutes longer if you prefer your pizza crispy). Remove from the oven, drizzle with some olive oil and eat immediately - pizzas are not very nice cold or reheated!

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