By Tonia Buxton
This way of cooking was originally developed by the Greek settlers, who in the fifth century BC founded Neapolis (New Town, Italy). They adapted a pre-existing baking tradition to develop this new ‘pita’, which through experimentation, luck and linguistic distortion, became pizza. It ALL started with the Greeks!
Mix the flour, herbs, salt, yeast and sugar together in a large bowl. Stir in the water and oil and mix together to form a soft (but not sticky) dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead well for 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl and coat with a little oil. Cover with cling film and leave at room temperature until it has doubled in size.