Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

In my last post, I proclaimed loudly that I was sick of food and that for the foreseeable future, the recipes on the blog would veer heavily towards healthier alternatives. So, you might be wondering why you are looking at a pizza?

And at first glance, I can see why people might think it didn’t take me long to slip back onto the path of less than nutritious food. However, this recipe is not as unhealthy as you may imagine.

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

Yes, it’s pizza. No fooling you lot. But it is made with a homemade spelt flour dough and a pizza sauce made from scratch. There’s also tons of veggies on top and only a smattering of cheese. So really, rather than unhealthy, we have ourselves a fairly balanced meal. Don’t you think?

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

I am not the pizza sauce maker in our house; I leave that to the chef (and yes, he really is a chef), but it is simple to make (he says).

The really great thing about making your own is that you can whip up a huge batch and freeze it in individual bags. Then, you can just slather it over a healthier pizza whenever you fancy one.

Pizza is just so adaptable and you can literally top it with anything you like. This was made between Christmas and New Year and I threw on fridge huggers that needed using up.

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

Making dough can be a little time-consuming. However, my bread machine makes mine in less than two hours. I just sit back and wait for the hard work to be done for me.

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

As mentioned, the dough is made with spelt flour and to be honest, I rarely use regular flour these days.

Although spelt is still a grain and is not gluten free, I find it easier on our stomachs. There is certainly much less bread bloat going on. If you’re unfamiliar with spelt, check out this informative piece from The Spelt Bakers.

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

The ingredients for the dough below made two pizzas (one large square and one round 12 inch). However, the sauce is made in a large batch. If you don’t need such a large amount, just reduce the ingredients accordingly.

Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

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Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 200ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 40g butter (chopped)
  • 450g spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 x 7g packet of dried yeast
  • Large batch pizza sauce:
  • 3 x 400g tins of tomatoes
  • 2 medium-sized onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Around 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • My Toppings:
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green pepper
  • Onion
  • Green and yellow chillies
  • Cheddar and parmesan cheese

Directions

PLEASE NOTE: the instructions below are for using a bread machine to make the dough. If you don’t have one, use the same ingredients, but follow directions here.

~ Add the milk, egg, olive oil and chopped butter to your bread machine. Then add the remaining ingredients (keeping the salt and dried yeast away from each other as much as possible). Set your machine to make the dough.

~ For the sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the onions and garlic. Fry until softened.

~ Stir in the tomatoes, and then add salt, pepper and sugar.

~ Let simmer for about 45 minutes, and then taste – adjust seasoning and sugar if necessary. Add the remaining two tablespoons of oil.

~ Blitz in a food processor until smooth, and then leave to cool.

~ Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF).

~ When the dough is ready, divide into two. Roll out each bit (you shouldn’t need a floured surface because the dough is perfect for working with, but add little to your surface if necessary) until they are a rough, round shape.

~ Grease two pizza tins and press the dough (I have a dough “roller” which nicely pushes things into place) until it covers the whole tin. Alternatively, place the dough on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and roll out using a rolling pin until it is the required thickness.

~ Spread over the pizza sauce (if using a pizza tin and you have a raised edge, only spread on the bottom surface and not up the sides). Any sauce you have left, freeze in small individual bags.

~ Sprinkle with a little cheese, top with whatever vegetables or toppings you are using, then add a final touch of cheese.

~ Bake for around 20 minutes until the outer crust is a dark brown and the cheese is bubbling. Remove, slice and eat immediately. Enjoy!

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21 thoughts on “Pepper, Tomato and Chilli Pizza with a Homemade Spelt Crust

  1. I have never made pizza from scratch before, I have only ever bought the bases and added toppings with my son but now that he is older he would be able to make the dough as well and I know he would love it! I hope it is as simple as you say lol we will be trying this together, thanks
  2. I love the idea of homemade pizza. I'm not a dough maker at all and usually use bought bases or make them on wraps. The only thing with this recipe is hubby would love loads of chilli's on it but me not so much. I'm fancying pizza for dinner tomorrow!
  3. This looks right up my street. I love pizza with spelt flour and the ingredients are my go to favourite. It sounds and looks really yummy. A healthier alternative to 'normal' pizza is always appreciated.
    1. Thanks for your comments! I consider this to be a lot healthier than normal pizzas - it has relatively little fat and everything is made from scratch, plus it's full of veggies!
    1. Thanks for your lovely comments, Nickolai! If you like homemade dough/bread, I can't recommend a bread maker enough - it has revolutionised my baking life!

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