Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pizza Night

Designer Pizza
Saturday night at home I plan on making some sort of Italian dish most weeks. Generally, this means spaghetti bolognaise as that is what my picky eaters like best. Sometimes though, just for fun, we make our own pizzas.

Since we each have our own idea of what makes the perfect pizza, we each get to make our own. It's a great way to have fun in the kitchen and encourage kids to cook.

I make a bread dough

500gm strong bread flour
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoons sugar
1 packet dried yeast
Warm water (about 250 - 300ml)

  1. Mix bread flour flour with a pinch of salt, 1 packet yeast, & 1 tsp sugar. Pour in warm water, a bit at a time, until a firm, soft dough is formed.
  2. Knead 5 min, adding more flour if needed. 
  3. Place in a clean bowl, cover, and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
  4. Divide into portions
  5. Roll each out to desired thickness.

Once rolled out, I spoon a layer of tomato sauce over the dough and let the boys decorate their own pizza.

I don't get fancy with the pizza sauce. I use a plain passata, or one with Italian herbs. Spoon a bit of that on each pizza and you're good to go.

We set out a selection of pizza toppings.

A variety of sliced meats - pepperoni, sausage, salami.
A variety of vegetables - sliced red onion, peppers, mushrooms, olives, sweetcorn.
A variety of cheeses - mozzarella, parmigiano, goat's cheese (for me)
Extra bits - balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh or drief herbs

And then, we create!
Pizza Night

The boys each have their own style.

Thing 1 gets creative and makes patterns and designs with his pizza. He tends to be a little carnivore and lately only wants meat on his.

Thing 2 also likes to make designs, but uses less meat and adds a few veggies to his pizza.

I like a lot of veggies, and not much meat these days. I especially like putting soft goat's cheese, red onions, and balsamic vinegar on mine.

The pizzas are then topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of black pepper and salt.

Bake at GM 7/ 220C for 10 - 15 minutes

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