Our kids absolutely love pizza, but then again, who doesn’t love pizza. In our family, i TRY to make pizza with the kids at least once a month (if they had their way it would be everyday….). We make everything from scratch, the kneading of the dough would be a little hard for the kids at this age, but they are more than happy in measuring out the flour and mixing them. Their favorite bit is of course to make their own pizza! Here’s our recipe below:
My favorite recipe is Jamie Oliver’s simple Pizza Dough recipe, it has never failed me!
My other pointers would be to add your flour or water VERY slowly, as the texture would change the more you knead it. Also, knead till you have a dough that is slightly tacky, but not sticking to the table.
Also, i use normal plain flour and it works just as well. If you like your pizza slightly chewier, use bread flour.
2 Canned tomatoes (this would be enough to make 4-8 pizzas depending on the size)
1-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
Vegetables (if you have kids that don’t like their vegetables like mine, this is where i “hide” the vegetables. i usually add chopped up broccoli and / or carrots). Amount depends on how “sensitive” your kids are to the vegetables, add the maximum amount before the kids could detect it in their tomato sauce. I could get away with about a quarter of a broccoli and a carrot. I even manage to sneak in a few mushrooms the other day too!
Anyways, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your pan, when hot, add garlic and saute till fragrant but not brown. Add your vegetables and saute till soft, crush up any big tomato pieces and let simmer till you have a sauce consistency. Season with salt, pepper and sugar if needed. If you have chopped the vegetables finely, and your kids aren’t particularly fussy, your sauce is done. Otherwise, put your sauce in a blender and blend till smooth. I dare a child to complain that there are vegetables in the tomato sauce now!
Spread the bottom of the pan with semolina flour (to prevent sticking and gives nice crisp), spread your dough with your hands or rolling pin, even out a spoonful of tomato sauce and add whatever toppings you want. Pop into the oven, as an amateur cook, i just crank the oven up to the highest temperature when the children starts making the pizza, and it will be hot by the time the pizza is ready to go into oven. Once in the oven, keep a watch, but it should be perfectly done in about 10-mins (depending on size and thickness of pizza).
Have a go making your own homemade pizza, it really isn’t too hard, and i hope you will enjoy making it as much as my family! I wanted to share the final product once out the oven, but the kids beat me to it and ate it before i could take a picture…..