My three year old loves getting mucky, baking and eating. Those are all her favorite things in the world and I’ve managed to combine them in the making of this pizza.
It’s super quick and easy to do – you’ll need:
300g strong flour
1 teaspoon dried fast acting yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Now many recipes will tell you to add your ingredients carefully but we both know most toddlers aren’t capable of that so just chuck everything in together. Just make sure you put the salt and the yeast opposite sides of the bowl so the salt doesn’t kill off the yeast.
So here is the getting mucky part – put everything in together and stir with a spoon and when its all clumped together get your hands in a roll it into a ball. Your toddler should be able to achieve a nice flour cloud and get dough in their hair so you’ve won on the getting mucky part.
Cover the bowl in cling film and leave for roughly 30 minutes to prove – technical speak for get bigger and let the yeast work. This is just about enough time to enjoy a cup of tea and watch the Gruffalo or Stick Man.
Once 30 minutes has passed / Stick Man has made it home from his harrowing journey you can get the dough out of the bowl and separate it into 2 or 4 pieces depending on how big you want the pizza to be. Roll it out into pizza shapes and put on a greaseproof sheet on a baking tray.
Turn your oven on a preheat it to 200c / gas mark 6 so it’s nice and warm for when you are ready.
Add your toppings – we like to use tomato puree as a base and add grated cheese with big chunks of ham but you can do what you like. Don’t add too much cheese though as the bases can take a while to cook and you don’t want your toppings to burn.
Open a bottle of wine around this point.
Pop the pizzas in the oven to cook for around 16 to 20 minutes or until the bases are golden brown and the toppings are bubbling. Enjoy a glass of wine while they are cooking.
Remove the pizzas from the oven, cut up and leave to cool. Enjoy a glass of wine while they are cooling.
Present dinner to your child and feel good about managing to combine getting mucky, baking and eating – you are just like one of those Pinterest mums! Reward yourself with a glass of wine and savour the moment.