This spooky Halloween pizza recipe is the perfect ghoulish treat that serves six.
If you're looking for Halloween food ideas to feed the family that are both spooky and quick to make then this Halloween pizza is perfect. We've used a readymade base dough for ease. You can buy it in most supermarkets. Then all you need to do is create the topping. If you prefer, you could make your own pizza dough instead. It's easier than you might think and the results are really impressive, but you will need time to leave the dough to prove before baking it. The cheese ghosts are created using ghost-shaped cookie cutters. You could also use other themed shapes like bats, pumpkins, or spiders as well.
- 290g packet pizza base mix or homemade pizza dough
- 90ml (6tbsp) sun-dried tomato paste or tomato pizza topping
- 10ml (2tsp) olive oil
- 240g packet Edam cheese or Mozzarella slices
- Pepperoni, optional
- Olives, optional
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Make up the pizza base mix according to the instructions and knead on a floured surface for 5 mins. Then, roll out thinly to a 23 x 35cm (9 x 14in) rectangle.
- Place on a baking sheet and spread over the sun-dried tomato paste or pizza topping. Drizzle over the olive oil and bake for 10 mins.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out ghost, pumpkin and bat shapes from your chosen cheese slices. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the cheese shapes. Return to the oven for a further 5-6 mins until the pizza base is crisp and the cheese has just melted.
Top tips for making this spooky Halloween pizza
Looking for that golden crust that comes with restaurant style pizza? Brush olive oil around the edges of the the readymade pizza base to create the same effect.
Why is my homemade pizza soggy?
Too much topping can be the enemy of pizza. It's really easy when you're making your own pizzas to assume that more toppings = more fun, but it's best to use moderation as too much can lead to soggy dough. Another issue is that you might find the toppings bake faster than the dough. Fix this by cooking your creation on a pizza stone or steel, and making sure you preheat it before placing the pizza on top.
Can you overknead pizza dough?
If you knead your dough for too long, the results can be hard and tough. You want the dough to be smooth and tacky, but not overkneaded. Kneading for around 4-6 minutes is ideal.
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