Most kids love pizza, but shop bought pizza bases often taste like cardboard. It’s really simple to make your own pizza bases and dough balls – the little people will love getting involved and creating something yummy to eat. My little helper had a great time with this recipe!
350 Strong Plain Flour (for making bread not the normal plain flour you use for cakes, pastry etc)
7g sachet of fast action yeast
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
250ml warm water
1 large bowl
1 large mixing bowl
- Making sure the mixing bowl is warm (you can pour boiling water in it and then wipe it over or use it just out of the dishwasher), mix the flour, salt and yeast together.
- Stir in the olive oil and water and xix together until it collects into a dough.
- Sprinkle some flour onto the work surface and then empty the dough out of the bowl and knead for five minutes or so. Little people can get creative with this – for example by using their elbows!
- Put the dough into a the large bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 30 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F/ gas mark 6.
- Tip the dough back onto the floured surface and cut in half. You can use one half for the pizza base and one half to make the dough balls. Roll out the pizza base into a circle and use the remaining dough to make the dough balls by rolling out into a long, thin sausage shape and cutting into small pieces. Then roll each shape into balls using your hands. Our dough balls were not so small or even, mainly because I let my daughter make them herself!
- Put the pizza base on an oven tray and add your toppings.
- Cook the pizza in the oven for 15 minutes (or more if required).
- Place the dough balls on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes.
It really is that simple! My little chef was delighted with her Italian feast.
Aimee Foster is a mum, freelance writer and social media manager, stationery addict and sea lover. Find more of her ramblings over on her blog, New Forest Mum.