Making Homemade Pizza with Children

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We are trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat at home. Due to budget, health and an increasing desire to eat more responsibly farmed meat we think eating a little less animal would be a good thing. Wednesday is to be our meat-free dinner night and last night it was the ever popular cheese and tomato pizza.  Perfect for getting the children involved and excited to be experimenting with adding herbs, and layering cheese. This wonderful homemade pizza recipe was emailed to me, from a lovely lady called Karen who, upon reading on twitter that I was hunting for recipes, kindly sent me a few of her family favourites. She is very happy to be letting me use them here. So thank you Karen and if anyone else has a vegetarian recipe that all the family can enjoy I would love to hear them.

 

For 4 big pizzas 
 
  • 600g of strong white flour or pizza flour
  • 15 fluid oz (425ml) of hand hot water if using a bread mixer (I used just under 400ml if kneading dough by hand. Adding water slowly and if it gets too wet add some more flour.)
  • 1 sachet fast action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • tblsp of olive oil
  pizza dough before rising

I made the basic dough up (see above) while the twins napped.

  • Sift the flour
  • Add the yeast, salt, sugar, and water. Bring it all together with the oil
  • Oil your work surface
  • Knead the dough until you have a very smooth dough
  • Let it rise in a warm place, to double its size

The next part is the bit I did with the children when D came home from school.

  1. Knock back and divide into four (or 2 large and 3 little in our case)
  2. Roll out to fit oiled pizza trays (we used baking trays and they were fine)
  3. Top with passata, sprinkling with dried herbs of choice (basil, oregano and/or italian mix)
  4. Then go crazy with the toppings. We added slices of mozzarella and grated cheddar.

adding basil to the pizza

10. Put into oven at 200°c (180°c fan) gas mark 6 for 20-30 minutes depending on size and amount of toppings placed on top of pizza.
While stuffing our faces with the delicious pizza we discussed what toppings we are going to try next. Such as:
  • olives
  • sundried tomatoes
  • peppers
  • sweetcorn
  • pineapple

cutting the pizza

 

What I particularly loved about cooking with the children is our 5 year old led the way and enjoyed it when I asked the 2 year olds to ‘watch what D is doing’. Watching them watching the pizzas cooking was wonderful and they really understood which was theirs and got excited about seeing it come out of the oven.

Thanks for reading.

 

Clare

Comments

  1. Abzi says

    I used this recipe today and it was a big hit, just my handsome man and myself in the house at the moment but we got talking about how awesome it would be to choose one night and have it be homemade pizza night when little people come along eventually! Thanks for the recipe!

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