In my youth I had a job working in an independent pizzeria, and when I left, my troubles began. At work I was able to design a pizza exactly as I liked it. The right amount of sauce, toppings and cheese were crucial to my enjoyment. After I left (and moved to a different country) I couldn’t get a pizza to please me.. and believe you me, I tried!
Shop bought ones don’t have enough topping, pizzeria chains just don’t float my boat (some of them taste more like cardboard than pizza) and I’ve never cooked with yeast before so I was too nervous about trying to make my own base.
Then one day, quite accidently, I made a cheat’s homemade pizza using plain Naan bread as the base. I must have been low on food as the only thing I had for sauce was tomato puree, and I think the only topping I had was cheese.
It was gorgeous!
Normally tomato puree is too tangy on its own, but it balanced out beautifully with the naan bread. I’m actually convinced a pizza sauce wouldn’t be as nice, and as I think my cheat’s pizza’s are already perfect I have no intention of trying!
The beauty of this discovery is of course that you can tailor the toppings to your own personal taste, and as naan bread is readily available in different sizes it’s easy to make one without having lots of leftovers!
Just use small naans for small appetites and large naans for larger appetites. In additional, naan bread freezes really well so if you keep some in the freezer it’s a really easy tasty snack for any unexpected play-dates. Just microwave on the defrost setting for 10 second blasts until they have thawed.
As per the pack instructions I always sprinkle a little water on my naan bread, then spread on some tomato puree and add my toppings. Cook in the oven at 180degrees for 10-15 minutes and bingo! Delicious served with a side salad, or simply on it’s own.
Cheat’s Homemade Pizza