The great thing about making pizza at home is that it’s easy to customize. In fact, everyone can make their own designer pizza, adding the ingredients that suit their tastes. Making the dough is a highlight as you get to be a part of the process of turning flour, water and yeast into a restaurant-worthy pizza crust. Set a date with the family to make pizza.
Yield: makes six 15 cm (6 inch) pizzas
Preparation Time: About 2 hours
- 1 cup (250mL) all purpose flour, plus extra for handling the dough
- 1 cup (250mL) whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons (10mL) baking powder
- ½ teaspoon (2mL) salt
- ¾ cup (175mL) milk
- 1/3 cup (75mL) olive oil
- 1 cup (250mL) tomato sauce
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
- ½ zucchini, thinly sliced
- 6 large leaves of fresh basil
- 1 cup (250mL) grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup (125mL) grated asiago or Parmesan cheese
- liquid measuring cup
- measuring cups and spoons
- spoon for stirring
- large-sized bowl
- small knife
- cutting board
- small bowls for pizza toppings (or a tray)
- box grater
- large baking tray (or 2 small trays)
- pastry scraper (‘Fred’)
- rolling pin
- spoon for spreading sauce
- cooling rack
- pizza cutter or knife
1. Measure the all purpose flour and the whole wheat flour and put in a large bowl.
2. Add the baking powder. Sprinkle the salt on top. Mix the ingredients together with a clean hand or a whisk. Make a well in the middle of the flour.
3. Measure the milk. Pour into a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add the olive oil. Stir together with a spoon or whisk.
5. Pour the milk/oil mixture into the flour mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula until a smooth dough forms.
6. Sprinkle a little flour on the work area and put the dough on it. Roll out the dough into a 5 mm thick rectangle, about 25 x 33cm (10 x 14 inch). Fold the dough in half and carefully transfer it to a 25 x 33cm (10 x 14 inch) baking pan. Press into the pan.
7. Poke the dough all over with a fork.
8. Have an adult turn on the oven to 220 C (425 F – a very hot oven!).
9. Measure the tomato sauce.
10. Carefully cut up the pizza toppings (green onion, tomato and zucchini) with a small knife on a cutting board. Hold your hand like a claw to protect your fingers. Put the toppings in small bowls or on a tray.
11. Grate the cheeses. Be sure to protect your fingers.
12. Use the back of a spoon to spread the tomato sauce on the dough, not covering the edge of the dough.
13. Place the green onion, tomatoes, and zucchini on top of the tomato sauce.
14. Tear the basil leaves in small pieces over top.
15. Sprinkle with the cheeses to glue on the veggies.
16. Have an adult place the tray in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbly. Have an adult remove the pizza from the oven when baked and place on a cooling rack.
17. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 8 pieces.
18. Wait a few minutes before eating (hot cheese can burn!). Enjoy!
- You can add many different toppings to your pizza. Look in the fridge to see what is there. Some ideas: feta cheese and spinach; ham and pineapple; onions and fresh tomatoes; pesto and sun-dried tomatoes; broccoli and Swiss cheese. Be creative!
- If you don’t have the time to make the dough, you can make pizzas on pita bread, tortillas or even an English muffin.
- If you have more time, you can make pizza dough with yeast. Watch it rise! It’s amazing! The recipe is here!
STEP-BY-STEP – WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA!
Gather ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine together using one clean finger. Knead until smooth, then cover and let rise.
Gently deflate the dough and cut it into equal sized pieces. The recipe says 6, but we cut it into 5 because that’s how many of us were eating these! Roll the pieces into balls and cover for another rest, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare your toppings. Use what you’ve got! Around this house, that meant leftover Tuscan-style tomato sauce, prosciutto, salami, red peppers, pineapple and fresh basil. And mozzarella to top it off!
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