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Homemade Pizza Recipe

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. 

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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.

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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.  

Ingredients

Pizza base

375g strong bread flour

1 Tsp salt

1tbsp sugar

7g dried active yeast

2 tablespoons olive oil

225ml warm water

Fresh rosemary

Base sauce

5 – 6 large tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

A few basil leaves

1 tsp salt

Tomato puree

Toppings

Anything you like

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° fan assisted
  2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Then finely chop the rosemary into the mixture.
  3. Mix in the oil and warm water until you have a dough you may need to add a bit more flour if too sticky.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Add a tablespoon of tomato puree and a teaspoon of salt and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring continuously.
  7. 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.
  8. Cook 
  9. for 20 -25 minutes.

Why not also take a look at some of my other recipes –

Homemade Potato and Leek Soup

Hearty Homemade Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Healthy Chocolate Bounty Bars

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

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Blackberry Picking and Blackberry and Apple Crumble Recipe

Blackberry picking is one of our favourite past times. My children are normally the first to notice the ripened blackberries on the bushes and start asking when we can go blackberry picking.

We grab empty carrier bags or sandwich bags and head off in search of blackberry bushes. Living in Somerset we are lucky that there are lots of wild blackberry bushes around. Even if you live in the city I am sure you won’t have to look too far to find some blackberry bushes.

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The children get so excited when they spot the nice ones and when the bags start to fill up they feel proud of how many they have picked. We have learnt from experience that the best blackberries are nearly always hidden so it is worth moving the leaves and brambles around to try and find the ones hiding out of sight. Be really careful to avoid the thorns I found the best way was to use my foot on the lower branches and gently move the brambles down to expose the blackberries behind. 

You should always look for the blackberries that are completely black and look squishy. When you pick them they should come easily away from the stalk. If you have to struggle to pull them off then they are not quite ready and will taste a bit sour. The plumper the blackberry looks the sweeter it will be.

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After a while when we have half filled a carrier bag we head off back home, so we could get stuck into our blackberries.

For us the best way to do this and to get to really enjoy all the hard work we put into picking them is by making a crumble. There is nothing better than a good old fashioned homemade crumble our favourite is blackberry and apple which goes down a treat with a little vanilla ice cream.

My children love to cook and help out in the kitchen whenever possible they can bake quite a few dishes now with minimal help from me so they took over making the crumble with me just keeping a watchful eye.

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Once ready we all sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labour and it was well worth it. Not only was it a delicious crumble but it was made all the greater by the fact that we had handpicked the blackberries and made the whole thing from scratch. I know from the picture it is not the best looking crumble as the blackberry juice bubbled over but we are no Mary Berry. It tasted amazing and that is what counts, hopefully with more days like these our crumble will turn out perfect with the practice.

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 Recipe 

Ingredients;

A cup full of blackberries

One large Bramley cooking apple

tablespoon of cinnamon

2 tablespoons of honey

120g plain flour

60g butter

60g of demerara sugar + extra for sprinkling on top

Recipe;

Put the oven on to 180c

Wash the blackberries and apple then place the blackberries into a saucepan

Cut the bramley apple into small pieces and put in the saucepan with the blackberries

Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and a tablespoon of cinnamon

Add the pan to the heat and stir constantly for 5 minutes until the blackberries have released some of their juices and the apples have softened

Pour mixture into a large oven proof ramekins.

In a separate mixing bowl add the flour, sugar and butter and using your hands rub together until it looks like bread crumbs

Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the fruit filling, ensuring you give it an even cover

Lightly sprinkle some demerara sugar over the top to help the crumble brown up

Place in the oven for 30 minutes

Take out and enjoy. 

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Why not also take a look at some of my other recipes –

Homemade Potato and Leek Soup

Hearty Homemade Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Healthy Chocolate Bounty Bars

Homemade Pizza Recipe

Disclaimer

Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought.