After searching through the fridge in the morning trying to think what we could have for dinner tonight without me having to bear a trip to the supermarket I came up with the idea of making our own pizza’s. I had some bread flour in the cupboard and loads of lovely vegetables from the green grocers that needed to be used up and my children love cooking and are always excited to help out in the kitchen so making a homemade pizza seemed like a win, win situation.
I did quickly make the dough before I picked the girls up from school as it needed time to proof before we could roll it. Once we got back from school and I told the girls what we were having for dinner and that they would be making it they were so excited. They have never got changed and washed their hands so fast.
Back at the table they were all poised and ready to begin. I divided the dough up and they carefully rolled out there piece into what resembled a pizza shape then placed it on a piece of tin foil. We then set out to make the toppings and the base sauce. The girls helped to chop all the vegetables and grate the cheese ready to put on the pizza.
I had decided that we were going to make our own sauce for the pizza base rather than just smear over some tomato puree like we have done in the past. I was really apprehensive about it as I have never made my own sauce before and was worried how it would turn out but it was delicious and I was so glad I took the time to make it.
I was worried how the pizza would taste but even if I do say so myself, it was the best pizza I have ever had. It was so good and full of flavour. There was not a single slice of pizza left, clean plates all round.
Making homemade pizza with children is definitely an active I would recommend and will be doing more often. Not only did it teach my girls basic cooking skills, but I got to make dinner whilst keeping the girls entertained and I love a bit of multi tasking.
375g strong bread flour
1 Tsp salt
7g dried active yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
225ml warm water
5 – 6 large tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
A few basil leaves
1 tsp salt
Anything you like
- Preheat oven to 180° fan assisted
- Combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Then finely chop the rosemary into the mixture.
- Mix in the oil and warm water until you have a dough you may need to add a bit more flour if too sticky.
- Leave the dough to rest for a good few hours if possible so the dough can rise. Just before rolling it is best to put in the fridge for 30 minutes as it makes it easier to roll.
- To make the sauce chop and quarter 5 – 6 large tomatoes, chop 2 cloves of garlic, and a bunch of basil finely chopped and add to a pan with a cup of water. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for around 10 minutes or until tomatoes have dissolved and started to mix into the water.
- Add a tablespoon of tomato puree and a teaspoon of salt and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring continuously.
- Get your dough and split into even portions we made 4 big pizza’s but you could make smaller size ones. Then roll out to a flat pizza base and place on tin foil. Pour a good heap of sauce into the middle and using the back of a spoon spread round your pizza and cover in cheese. Then add to your pizza any topping that you desire.
- for 20 -25 minutes.
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