Double cheese pizza bites

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope dried yeast, about 8 g
  • 1 cup tepid water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 kalamata olives, pitted and cut into slivers, to sprinkle
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh oregano leaves to sprinkle

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the flour in a large bowl and stir in the sugar, salt and yeast. Make a well in the centre and pour in the tepid water and oil. Gradually mix the flour into the water and oil; use a wooden spoon, then your hand, to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Sprinkle the surface with a little extra flour if necessary, but try not to add too much as this will make the dough dry. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean dish towel and leave to rise for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450ºF (230°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Wrap 3 pieces in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Cut the remaining piece into 12 equal pieces and shape each into a 4 cm ball. Arrange on the baking sheets and flatten into 7 cm rounds. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Top each with 2–3 tomato slices, 1 teaspoon mozzarella cheese and a little Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with a few olive slivers and oregano leaves. Bake until the crust is golden-brown and crisp and the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Repeat to use up the remaining dough. Serve double-cheese pizza bites hot.

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