This classic pizza was supposedly created in 1889 in honour of Queen Margherita. The queen had heard so much of the fabled pizzas of Naples that she requested one to eat when she visited the city.

Ingredients

  • 1 × 30 cm (12 inch) pizza base (opposite)
  • ½ quantity tomato sauce (opposite)
  • 150 g ( oz) mozzarella cheese, chopped
  • 9 small basil leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C (475°F/Gas 8). Place the pizza base on a baking tray dusted with polenta and spoon the tomato sauce onto the base, spreading it up to the rim. Scatter with the mozzarella and basil, if using. Drizzle with the oil.
  2. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until golden and puffed. Remove from the oven and brush the rim with a little extra olive oil before serving.

Each of the following pizzas will require one pizza base

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