Time: 30 minutes + 1-2 hrs proving + 25 minutes baking
Serves: 1 large pizza or one medium + 2 small pizzas
For the pizza dough
255g (2 cups) of strong white plain flour
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp fast action yeast
150ml lukewarm water
For the topping
Packet of mozzarella
Tin of tomatoes
Any other toppings you like
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Homemade pizza is a great thing to make with kids. There are loads of steps to get involved with and if you make lots of smaller pizzas your kids can choose their own toppings and make their very own pizza.
Making it from scratch somehow makes it feel like a healthier dinner than shop bought pizza plus you can add loads of vegetables in your toppings. This recipe makes one large pizza or you can do 2-3 small ones so everyone gets one each.
Measure the dry ingredients
Get your child to measure the flour (250g) into a large bowl. While they are doing this you can add the salt (1 tsp) and yeast (1/2 tsp). If you have very little children you might want to do this bit yourself but if your children are older they can probably do this step with a little help.
Make the pizza dough
There are two ways of doing this: the more authentic version and one which is better for slightly older kids sees you mix everything on a floured work surface.
If you want to keep mess to a minimum however, pop it all in a bowl until it all comes together and it’ll work just as well. Make a well in the flour and simply get your toddler to pour the water (150ml) and olive oil (1 tbsp) into the middle.
Mix the ingredients until they come together to form a (slightly wet and sticky) dough.
At this point you can use your hands, and get your toddler to knead it for a five minutes, either in the bowl or a lightly floured work surface. Pizza is great for practising kneading as, unlike something like bread, it doesn’t rise much so it doesn’t matter if you don’t do it perfectly. Hannah’s version of kneading at this point probably more closely resembles bashing.
Once the dough ball looks smooth, pop it in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave it in a warm place for around an hour or until its roughly doubled in size.
When it’s ready (or if you can’t wait, just when you’re hungry) turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and roll it out – it’s just like rolling out play dough so your toddler should be good at helping even if you need to get it to the final size and shape. Place it on to a baking sheet.
Heat the oven to 200C
Make the topping
Drain the tin of tomatoes then get your toddler to spread it on the pizza base. We also like to add some tomato puree for a bit of extra flavour.
Chop up or grate some mozzarella then get sprinkle that on top.
Add any other topping you or your child like. Pizza can be a great thing for fussy eaters to make – hopefully if they choose their own toppings they’ll be more likely to eat it!
Bake the pizza
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it. You may need to turn it if one side is browning faster than the other.