Cooking fun with your Toddler: Ditch the processed supermarket and takeaway pizzas and make your own.

Cooking with your toddler or a child of any age for that matter can be extremely fun. It also teaches your child valuable life skills. Eating freshly prepared food is also a lot cheaper and healthier than processed food.

I’ve made pizza’s with my daughter since she was about 19 months and she absolutely loves it. This recipe is enough for 3 to 4 pizza’s, but you can freeze the remainder to give you a quick meal another day.

Ingredients you’ll need:

For the base:

  • 650g Strong White Flour
  • 375ml lukewarm water
  • 7g sachet of dried yeast
  • 25ml olive oil
  • a pinch of salt

For the tomato sauce:

  • tube of tomato puree 175g-200g
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-4 garlic cloves depending on taste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of dried herbs (Oregano, Basil, Marjoram, etc) or you can use mixed herbs
  • 250ml water
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:

Anything that you fancy really. Examples, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, onions, olives, ham, chicken, pineapple. anything that you and/or your child fancy. Although I do recommend using cheese on top.

Method:

For the base:

  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a big bowl, add the olive oil then gradually add the lukewarm water. It is best to do this gradually as if you have slightly too much water your dough will become to sticky and you will need compensate with more flour.
  • Now comes the exciting part for your child. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes till it becomes elastic.
  • Put in a bowl and cover with a clean, damp tea towel and leave to rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. At this stage you can start on the tomato sauce and start preparing your topping
  • When ready knead again and separate into 3 or 4 balls.
  • At this stage you can freeze any balls you will not need
  • Roll out required balls on a flour covered surface and shape into pizza bases and put onto a baking tray or pizza stone

For the tomato sauce:

  • mix together all the ingredients except for the water.
  • gradually add the water until you reach your desired consistency, which could be quite a bit less than the full amount of water.

Putting it all together:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200c
  • Spread tomato sauce over the base, you can freeze the rest in batches to use with your remaining pizza bases.
  • Let your child decorate the base with the chosen toppings, you might have to even thing out after they have finished.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start going nice and brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Enjoy

 

How did you get on?

I hope you like this recipe and try it out. I’d love to see photos of your homemade pizzas. I’ll hopefully be making this again in the next week or so, possibly today but my eldest is having a long nap, and will post the finished result.

 

 

 

 

 

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