Winter feels like it’s dragged on here in the UK, so I’ve had the challenge of coming up with ways to keep my boys occupied while it rains outdoors. Read on to find out how we have kept ourselves busy in the kitchen making homemade pizza!
Boys Vs Mum!
Having 3 rambunctious boys growing up around me means I don’t get to enjoy many quiet activities with them as their mum.
Sitting down to colour and craft only lasts about 5 minutes before they are up from their chairs and jumping around the home looking to do something else (usually something involving a football, Nerf gun or any fast-moving object that’s not suitable indoors! (BIG SIGH)).
Peaceful Pizza Making!
But one thing I do take pleasure in, and that also allows me some peaceful interaction with my boys, is cooking. They all enjoy rustling up a dish with me and their favourite thing to make is pizza!
There’s something very satisfying for them about mixing up dough, watching it expand, rolling out a base as big as they possibly can and then choosing their own toppings. Not to mention enjoying the tasty fruits of their labour fresh from the oven!
I, as their mum, feel satisfied knowing that we’ve made a healthier version of this food, using fresh and high quality ingredients. Plus it’s a fairly fuss-free and cheap recipe to make.
So it’s a win-win all-round really. As we enjoy this activity so much, and have shared it with our family and friends, I would love to share it with you!
Easy-Peasy Pizza Recipe
Below is the recipe which makes 2 servings *
- 200g strong white flour plus extra for dusting (we use Dove’s organic strong bread flour)
- 7g fast-action dried yeast
- pinch of salt
- 140ml water, warm
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for brushing
* If you wanted to increase serving size to 4, use 400g of flour and 150-160ml of warm water, but keep the other ingredients the same as above. Go sparingly with the water – mixing in a little bit at a time to make sure you get a smooth, elastic dough that’s pliable and not too wet. If it’s too wet just add small amounts of flour to the dough and mix in until you get the right consistency. It gets easier with practice.
For the topping
- 1-2 jars of pizza topping sauce (we use Sainsbury’s own brand)
- Organic medium/mature cheddar cheese (as much or as little as you like – alternative you can use 2 mozzarella balls, drained and cut into little cubes
- Your choice of toppings (e.g. pepperoni slices, chorizo slices, peppers, sweetcorn) the choices are endless!
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make
- Prepare 2 baking trays – you can pour a table spoon of olive oil on each and spread it with your fingers, or instead line with baking parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, put in the flour, yeast and salt. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the warm water with 1 tbsp oil. Mix it all together with a wooden spoon to make a dough
- Take the dough onto a floured kitchen work top and knead for 5 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and smooth. Put back into the mixing bowl, cover and leave to rest for around 30 mins at room temp (you can make the dough an hour or two before you need it. When we have friends over after school, I make up the dough myself before school pick up and then the boys and their friends roll it out and put on the toppings after they’ve had a play and are ready to eat)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
- The dough will now have expanded. You can divide into equal halves and on the floured kitchen surface roll out into 2 bases (you can use a rolling pin or your hands to spread the dough out into a round shape) and then put onto the baking trays.
- Using the back of a spoon, spread the topping sauce over the dough – as much or little as you like. Then add all your toppings to taste. Add salt and pepper to season.
- Cook in the middle of the oven for 12-18 minutes until golden brown (shorter time if you like a softer, more doughy pizza and longer if you like it more crispy!).
- Slice and serve!
I hope you enjoy having fun with this recipe, let me know how you get on in the comments!