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Dairy Free Chorizo and Artichoke Pizza

This recipe is Gluten free, Wheat free and Dairy free.

ingredients

serves 4
14 g (1/2 oz) 1 package of easy-bake yeast or fast-action dried yeast
2 teaspoons of caster (superfine) sugar
300 ml (10 fl oz) 1 1/4 cups of warm water
400 g (14 oz) 2 3/4 cups of (GF) or (WF) flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Extra (WF) flour for dusting and kneading

for the topping

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 small red chilli, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
425 g (15 oz) 2 cups of canned chopped tomatoes, excess liquid drained off
2 tablespoons of tomato puree (paste)
A handful of fresh basil leaves, shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
140 g (5 oz) 1 1/3 cups of chorizo sausages, skinned and sliced
400 g (14 oz) of canned artichoke hearts, drained and halved
A sprinkling of cayenne pepper

Optional:
250 g (9 oz) carton of virtually fat-free cottage cheese or grated reduced-fat mozzarella for low-fat toppings, which are not dairy-free or a sprinkling of low-fat goat's or sheep's cheese if you can tolerate either of them

2 large, non-stick baking trays

method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas mark 6

2. Dissolve the easy bake yeast, sugar and hot water together in a large jug and whisk thoroughly.

3. Leave in a warm place until the surface is covered with about 2 cm (3/4 inch) of froth, about 10 - 15 minutes, then whisk again.

4. Alternatively, follow the instructions on the packet of fast-action dried yeast but do add the sugar.

5. Sift the flour and salt together in a large bowl.

6. Beat in the liquid with a wooden spoon and bring the dough together into a ball.

7. To do this, you may need to add a little more warm water until the dough is malleable (different flours absorb varying amounts of water).

8. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead with floured hands for 6 - 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.

9. Spray or lightly grease a large bowl with a little olive oil, place the pizza dough in it and cover with a plate or another bowl.

10. Leave the bowl in a draft-free, very warm area until the dough has doubled in size. This can take 1 - 2 hours depending on the temperature of your room.

11. Meanwhile, make the topping. Place the garlic, chopped chilli and oil in a saucepan and cook for a second or two.

12. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato puree (paste) and simmer for 5 minutes.

13. Stir in the basil, salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Cover the saucepan with a lid.

14. Place the pizza dough on a floured board and flatten with a rolling pin. Divide it into 4 portions.

15. Roll out each portion on a floured board into a thin 20 cm (8 inch) circle.

16. Place the pizzas on the baking trays. Push each pizza gently outwards with your fingers and pinch up the edges to make a rim and a neat circle.

17. Cover each pizza with the tomato topping and sprinkle with the chorizo and the artichoke halves.

18. Top the pizzas with the cheese, if using, and then sprinkle the cayenne over them.

19. Bake the pizzas for about 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy and the cheese is bubbling.

20. Carefully slide the pizzas onto hot plates and serve immediately.

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