Always have a Grown up helping you in the kitchen!
Who say's a Pizza has to be round?
Today I made a fresh pizza base with my dad & poured some chili infused chopped tomatoe (puree 'ed) onto the base, covered it with grated mozzerella & cheddar cheese (150 grammes) threw some sliced pre-cooked sausage on top (about 1 big sausage)...& Dad bunged it in the fan oven for 15 minutes at 220c (pre-heated)
if you want to try you could ask your parent or carer to buy a small pizza base kit, or you could look up a recipe on the internet... there are so many toppings to choose from!
You don't need a food mixer to make dough, just the ingredients, your hands & a rolling pin.
Don't worry if you can't make it round it really doesn't need to be, as long as it tastes good.
Thin & crispy is ideal, as thick pizza bases need more cooking time & might not be done before the topping is ready (this happened to mine today, as we were busy with other things) :( ...but it's all practise & it still tasted good!!!
Important: put the rolled out pizza dough on a baking tray BEFORE you put the toppings on, as you have to slide it into the oven & cook it, if you have a pizza stone get an adult to pop it onto that ((hot)) before carefully adding the toppings, & always roll up the edges of your dough a bit to keep your melting cheese & toppings in place!
I'm off to practise another pizza (no burnt bits this time) DAD WANDERED OFF INSTEAD OF TAKING IT OUT STRAIGHT AWAY!
Why not give it a go!? cheaper than buying supermarket pizza & way yummier.
We realised that we had'nt told you how to make the dough (if you are going to do it from scratch)...
so here's a recipe with some video on how to do it, ther are lots of ways, using different flour types... so do look around! ...because we bake quite a bit we have all the ingredients in the cupboard, but you can get single sachets of bakers yeast at most supermarkets if you look! .."wrights" do a good packet pizza dough if you have less time to make your own, but like my dad says ..if it always comes straight from a packet how will I ever learn!? ..besides messing around baking & making is fun & all about experimenting, so whichever way you make it have fun MAKING IT & have fun EATING IT!
Ingredients, enough for several pizza's!
- 1 tablespoons dried active baking yeast
- 225ml (8 fl oz) warm water (45 C)
- 275g (10 oz) bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- Make the dough: mix the flour, yeast and salt together in a large mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil and milk. Gradually add the water, mixing well to form a soft dough.
- Turn the dough out on to a floured work surface and knead for about five minutes, until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for about 1½ hours, until doubled in size.
Technique: Kneading bread
Watch technique2:35 mins
- When the dough has risen, knock it back, then knead again until smooth, roll into a ball and set aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour until risen again.
Technique: Knocking back
Watch technique0:43 mins
- Preheat the oven to its highest setting.
- Divide the dough into six balls and roll each out onto a lightly floured work surface until 20cm/8in in diameter.
- Spread a little passata (or homemade tomato sauce) over each pizza base and top with your favourite toppings.
- Bake the pizzas in the oven until the bases are crisp and golden-brown around the edges and any cheese on the topping has melted.