Basic Pizza Dough
15 g active dried yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour, preferably strong flour
In a small bowl, add the yeast to the warm water. Stir in sugar, and allow to stand until the yeast has dissolved.
Place all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour in the yeast mixture.
Knead until the dough turns elastic and smooth.
Leave the dough to stand in a warm place until it doubles in volume.
To test whether the dough has risen enough, poke two fingers into the dough. If the indentations remain, the dough is ready.
Basic Tomato Sauce
4 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped very finely
450 g canned plum tomatoes, chopped with their juice
salt and pepper
Heat oil in a saucepan.
Add onion, and cook over moderate heat until it is translucent.
Stir in garlic and the chopped tomatoes with their juice.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add basil and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes.