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Bethany moved schools recently and today was the first time she had a friend round for tea – well  two friends actually – I’m such a pushover!

I am a firm believer in ‘one meal for everybody’, but feeding two extra people whose tastes you do not know is never easy.  Some children are very difficult when it comes to food and the last thing I wanted was to send one of them home hungry!!  What would the playground Mums think of me 😉

So I pulled out my trusty home made pizzas.

The great thing about making pizza from scratch is that you can make individual pizzas, sized to suit the age of the child.  Each person can choose their own toppings, meaning that you all eat the same meal and everyone cleans their plate.

I’m going to come right out and say that although I make the base from scratch, I do cheat and use pasta sauce as the tomato base topping.  I’m not perfect; I make no apologies!!  This is not a dish for showing off your culinary prowess, this is a home made meal for when you are busy with other things (like 2 extra 9 year olds!).

This recipe makes 4 small/medium sized pizzas or 2 large ones.

I usually make it in two halves otherwise it’s an awful lot of dough to deal with in one go, but it’s up to you how you go about it.

Ingredients

12 oz/ 350g Plain white flour

2 level teaspoons of salt

2 level teaspoons of Easy Blend Dried Yeast

1 level teaspoon caster sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 fl oz / 240ml hand hot water

Tomato sauce (home-made or from a jar)

Toppings

Cheese – around 200g will be enough

Method

  • Warm your flour in the oven and transfer to a bowl
  • Add the yeast, sugar and salt and stir
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients
  • Into the well, pour the oil and the water.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon and then your hands until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead until the dough starts to look shiny
  • Put the ball of dough in a clean bowl and cover with cling film – leave in a warm place.
  • Preheat your oven to Gas mark 8 / 230
  • Place your baking trays in the oven to warm
  • Turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface – it should have increased in size, though how much varies
  • Give your dough a few punches!
  • Knead the dough for a few seconds and then roll with a floured rolling pin
  • Shape and stretch the dough with your hands – it should be fairly thin with slightly raised edges
  • Place on your pre warmed tray
  • Spread your tomato sauce onto your base, right up to the edges – don’t put too much on as the base will become soggy
  • Add your choice of toppings!!  Again make sure these go right up to the edge.
  • Cover with cheese- we used grated mozzarella today but you can use any kind of cheese really
  • Sprinkle with a little black pepper to taste.
  • Bake in the oven for around10-12 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown
This may look a little messy but it has been made for taste not beauty and topped by a Primary school child!
Believe me, they tasted amazing; I had three very clean plates!
If you have a fussy eater in the house, why not blend the vegetables and add them to the tomato sauce?  Pizzas have been a life saver for me at times in her life when Beth has been a little fussy with vegetables.  When she’s chosen the vegetables on the pizza, she’s less inclined to complain about them;it’s amazing what she’s agreed to eat on a pizza.  Not peas though, she draws the line at peas. lol.
You could make lots of little ones for a party or make shapes like love hearts for a special treat.
Let me know how you get on?
Rachel
xxx

 

 

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