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One of the things I have discoveredfrom working in Human Resources is that people are generally willing to go along with any plan if they can participate and provide some input to the outcomes. I have found this applies to children also. Getting them involved in the kitchen ensures that they are more inclined to eat something they have helped to make. My 4 year old, “Punky”, eats almost anything given to him. He loves to help in the kitchen and making pizza is always a winner.  He is allowed to choose his own toppings.  

Making pizza is fun.  It is healthy and a good entertaining option as it can cater for all tastes and preferences.  I often have it on the menu when vegetarian friends are visiting. Pizza is also a good choice to use up left-overs.

The pizza base recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s in his book Jamie’s Italy

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

  • Serves: Makes 4 medium sized pizzas.  Enough for 3-4 adults and a child
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus resting time of 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough

  • 500 grams pizza “oo” flour
  • 325ml of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 7 grams of dried yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon castor sugar

Pizza Sauce

  • drizzle of oil
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 500 grams of finely chopped fresh tomatoes, or 1 tinned of chopped tomatoes (no additives)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 4 stems of parsely
  • salt and pepper to season
Toppings 
Use the toppings that you and your guests enjoy eating.  The ones that most often feature for us are:
  • Avocado
  • Istra Proscuitto or Chorizo
  • Cooked chicken 
  • Fried zucchini pieces
  • Pumpkin- roasted
  • Spinach leaves
  • Tasty cheese or Fetta cheese
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes – cherry or normal
  • Capsicum – sliced
  • Potato – baked
  • Fresh herbs – rosemary and basil, oregano, parsley

Pizza Toppings

Steps:

  1. Put the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the middle
  2. Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and stir, leave for a few minutes then pour into the well of the flour
  3. Use a fork to mix the flour in from the center and when it gets too hard to stir remove from the bowl and knead into a smooth, springy dough  
  4. Wrap in glad wrap that has been lightly floured and put in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.  The dough can stay in the fridge until you are ready to make and cook the pizza
  5. To make the sauce, add the oil and garlic to a pan and when fragrant add the remaining ingredients, stir and simmer for 5-8 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge and divide dough into 4 or 6 depending on the size you wish to make
  7. Turn oven on to heat to 200 degrees
  8. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured board
  9. Move the rolled pizza base to a tray lined with baking paper and add the pizza sauce and then your toppings of choice
  10. Place in oven for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Remove when edges are golden.

Punky makes his pizza

What are your favourite pizza toppings and do your kids help to make them?

Kyrstie

 

 

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  • Ai Sakura January 6, 2012, 9:49 am

    As a child, I loved to help my mum in e kitchen too. And I love having my kid to help me bake and stuff too. So fun and such a gd time for bonding 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  • Linda (Me) January 6, 2012, 9:55 am

    Popping over from TIK at Kellie’s !

    You are so right – when people take some ownership with something, they are more likely to buy into it. If only the big companies would understand this when they made decisions that affect a whole bunch of people !!!

    Have a great day !

  • Kirsty@MyHomeTruths January 6, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Home made pizzas are one of the few meals all our kids will eat with us – they love putting on their own toppings and helping with the preparation, it’s definitely a winner here!

  • Rhianna January 6, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I know that I had thought of what to have for dinner until now!

  • Sarah @fignutmum January 7, 2012, 4:54 am

    We too love homemade pizza.

  • Angela July 28, 2014, 11:34 am

    Hi do you precook the pizza bases and then freeze them? At what stage can they be frozen? Thanks love your site… Angela

    • Kyrstie Barcak July 28, 2014, 2:30 pm

      Hi Angela, it is best to freeze the dough in portion sizes after it has risen. Allow plenty of time for it to defrost prior to using and it may feel a little wetter than usual so dust extra flour, knead and allow to sit for 30 min prior to rolling out to use.

      • Angela July 31, 2014, 9:35 am

        Thank you very much. I’ve seen people buy fresh yeast from the bakery, could you use this instead? same quantity 7g as well? Thanks

        • Kyrstie Barcak July 31, 2014, 9:54 pm

          Hi Angela, yes you could use fresh yeast if you wanted to. I have not done so and so as a result can not advise the exact quantity required. Enjoy your pizza making.

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