Pizza is one of our favourite family meals, and we often make home-made pizza dough and pizzas. In fact we love pizza so much, we just bought an outdoor woodfired pizza oven. It is soooo much fun.
I love baking and cooking with the kids and pizza is a great thing to make with them. Pizza is also a really easy way to feed a crowd, and you can easily accommodate food preferences (and anti-preferences) by making mini pizzas. If your guests or family are really fussy, why not let them make their own…
And of course, pizza leftovers are great in kids lunchboxes!
Home-made pizza dough
A pizza can be as simple as a grilled pita bread with tomato paste and cheese on top. Or you could start with a traditional home-made dough. It is so simple to make home-made pizza dough, and most bread-makers come with its own recipe. Or you could try Annabel Langbein’s two ingredient which you can find on their youtube channel.
Once your base is sorted, then all you have to do is add a bit of things you like and you have a great easy dinner. Having a great standby tomato sauce is important too. I will share my easy tomato sauce recipe soon.
I made the dough below in my breadmaker and have been experimenting with different types of flour. My friend Kirsten from Playcentre introduced me (and a few others who she has cobbled together into a purchasing collective) to some of the flours produced by Terrace Farm Organics. They are lovely to work with.
Mummy to three small boys
- 290 mls water
- 60 mls olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 250 g Rye (eg Terrace Farm Organics Stoneground)
- 250 g plain flour or a bread maker mix (eg Edmonds mixed grain)
- 2-3 tsp surebake (a dry active yeast)
- Pour water and oil into the bread pan.
- Add the sugar, salt and then flour.
- Make a small well in the top of the flour and place the yeast in the that.
- Cook according to your breadmakers instructions for creating a dough.
- When this is completed, remove from the pan and let it rest for an hour or two in a warm place.
- When you are ready to cook heat your oven to 210 degree C.
- Need or roll the dough into the ball. If it is sticky, it may need a little bit extra flour added to it.
- Roll out the dough to a thin base, and cover with your favourite pizza toppings. Keeping it simple is usually best.
- Cook for approximately 12 minutes until the base is a little bit crispy and the toppings are heated through nicely.