Cooking with Anita Marcela: Pizza with Kids
Pizzas are one of the kid's favorite foods, and making them at home is very easy; you have to follow the instructions.
Depending on the age of your children, you can involve them in the whole process and start preparing the dough from scratch, or advance the mass and put them to work when the dough is ready to be stretched. The entire process is kid-friendly, but when they are small, it is difficult for them to wait an hour while the dough grows. In their minds, making pizzas means: I stir the dough a little, put the sauce on, suck my fingers, put the cheese, put more cheese, and ready to eat.
Another thing to take into consideration when making pizzas with the little ones is that they will not always come out as lovely as we would like. But, the beauty of this is making them feel part of the cooking process in the kitchen and promote independence and personal safety. So when the dough is in the shape of a doodle or has much more cheese than the ideal, you still have to make them feel that their pizzas are the most delicious in the world.
Once you master the recipe, you can prepare it with more kids and organize a pizza playdate. Ideally, put a table where everyone has their workstation, with a dough ball. In the center of the table place the roller (if you have more than one is better), a bowl with sauce, a container with shredded mozzarella cheese and toppings. For toppings, you can have mushrooms, ham, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, and small pieces of red and green pepper. Grease the baking trays in advance so that each child can go to pack their pizza directly in the tray to make it more practical.
The best part? Then each child can eat their pizza before going home.
Serves: 2 medium size pizzas or 4 mini pizzas.
What you'll need //
For the pizza dough:
- 2 cups wheat flour, ideally bakery flour or "00 type". If you can't find it, you can use all-use wheat flour.
- 1 sachet of active dry yeast. It is obtained in supermarkets in the area of ingredients for desserts.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 can tomatoes
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
Prepare the dough in a large bowl. Add the flour and then the yeast onto the flour. Make a hole in the middle of the flour and add the olive oil and water there. Mix with a wooden spoon.
When the dough is compact, transfer the dough to a floured meson and knead for 5 minutes. If you have an electric mixer, you can also knead the dough with the hook until you get a homogeneous and elastic dough. The idea is that you can stretch it with both hands.
Put the dough in a clean bowl and cover it with a kitchen cloth. Let it rest for an hour to grow. The dough should double in size.
While the dough rests, blend half a can of tomatoes until you get a liquid sauce.
Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare two baking trays with olive oil.
If you are going to prepare the small pizzas (for size reference see the photo below) divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, cutting it with a knife. On a floured surface, roll out each dough ball until a finite circle is obtained. Put the pizzas on the baking trays.
Add 3 tablespoons of sauce to each pizza and then place the mozzarella cheese on top. If you want you can also add some Parmesan cheese and some basil leaves.
Bake the pizza for 15 minutes or until it has a golden look.
Decorate the pizzas with your favorite Merry Monday toppers so kids can celebrate their homemade pizzas!