One for the weekend? Get the children making homemade pizza dough, then all you need to do is decide which toppings you’d like to add. Remember to put your pizza on your baking tray before you start to add your toppings!
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You will need:
225g strong bread flour
7g sachet dried yeast
150ml warm water – 75ml of cold mixed with 75ml of boiling water
2 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt
Toppings of your choice, we’ve used:
8 tablespoons thick and pulpy tomatoes (we sieved chopped tomatoes from a tin)
2 big sprinklings of dried herbs, freshly ground black pepper, 1 ball of mozzarella cheese, about 16 black pitted olives
STEP 1. Tip the flour into a big bowl, add the yeast and stir to mix. Make a well in the middle of the bowl so that you can see the bottom of the bowl.
STEP 2. Measure 150ml water in a jug – the easiest way to get warm water is to mix 75ml hot water with 75ml cold water.
STEP 3. Pour the warm water into the well. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix. Swap the spoon for your hands and bring the dough into one big ball.
STEP 4. Sprinkle a little flour over the work surface and put the dough onto the flour. Knead the dough by pushing it away from you with the base of our hands and then pulling it back with your fingers. Keep doing this for at 5-10 minutes until the dough is stretchy!
STEP 5. Wash your bowl and put the dough into the clean bowl. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.
STEP 6. Cut baking paper to fit 2 baking trays and drizzle with a little oil.
STEP 7. Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface, take the dough out of the bowl and cut in half with a table knife.
STEP 8. Flatten each half with your hands and a rolling pin and shape it into a big circle, about the size of a large dinner plate. Repeat to make 2 large circles.
STEP 9. Turn the oven on to 220C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper, drizzle with a little oil. Lift the dough onto 2 baking trays. Time for the toppings -
Spoon the tomatoes onto the base, sprinkle with a pinch of dried herbs, freshly ground black pepper, pieces of mozzarella and about 8 black olives. Drizzle with a little olive oil, repeat with the other pizza. Cook for 10-12 minutes.