Never heard of Naked Pizza before? You’re in for a treat….

I often eat out with friends and love ordering pizza- of course when I first asked for it without cheese, their reaction was “How can you have a pizza without cheese?”. Now they order ‘naked’ pizza too. Back when I ate cheese, I often wondered the point of mozzarella on pizza- it’s tasteless and stringy! Once you try a naked pizza, you’ll never look back. 

These are the toppings that I love, but you can add any that you fancy, or have in the fridge. A good tip is add spinach leaves prior to cooking; they will wilt down and hold the toppings in place then drizzle the finished pizza in olive oil to add a hit of moisture, just the way cheese does.

This pizza base recipe is yeast-free (as I never seem to have any in the cupboard!) and is super quick to make. 

Serves 2

For the base:
300g plain flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
150ml water 
30ml olive oil 
For the topping: 
4 tbsp tomato puree
1 small onion, sliced 
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
8 green olives  
6 sundried tomatoes, drained of oil and chopped roughly 
6 artichokes in oil, drained and sliced 
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
1 tbsp pine nuts 
1 tsp dried oregano 
1 generous handful of rocket 
Handful of fresh basil
Generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/ Gas mark 6 
2. To make the base, mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Pour in the water and olive oil and mix until a smooth dough is formed. Press out to form a thin base and place onto a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes. 
3. Remove the base from the oven and smooth on the tomato puree. Press on the onion, cherry tomatoes, olives, sundried tomatoes and artichokes. Scatter over the spinach leaves, pine nuts and oregano and return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes until the base edges have started to crisp. 
4. Remove from the oven and add the rocket, basil and olive oil just before serving. 


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