KIDS: The writing in bold is for you. GROWN-UPS: The rest is for you. Mix a sticky dough. Put the flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl
and get the child to make a hole in the middle.
Measure 300ml water – that isn’t cold and isn’t
hot but just right (like the little bear’s porridge in
Goldie Locks). Add the oil and water; point out
that the two don’t mix well. Stir with a wooden
spoon until you have a sticky dough. Add a
splash more water if needed.
Now you need to do something called kneading. Scatter a bit more flour over the surface and tip
the dough onto it. You now want to ‘stretch’ the
dough and bring it back into a ball shape. This will
need to be done for about 10 mins. I usually give
children a few minutes bashing the dough about,
then take over to make sure that the dough is
smooth and elastic enough.
Leave the dough to grow. Brush a clean bowl with a little olive oil, put the
dough in it and cover with cling film. Leave it
somewhere warm for it to grow until doubled in
size. Now is a good time to tidy up and wipe
down surfaces a little before you start again.
Make a tasty tomato sauce. Crush the garlic by using a garlic crusher
or by grating it on the fine edge of a box grater.
Tip into a bowl and mix with the other sauce
ingredients. Stir well until everything is
combined, then set aside.
Roll out the dough. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Show
your child how the dough has grown, then divide
into the amount of pizzas you want to make.
Brush the baking trays with extra oil. Divide the
dough and roll out, then lift onto the baking trays.
Spoon on the tomato sauce. You need to be a bit more careful with this
task than you think. If the dough is thin, a child
can easily tear it, so make sure that they use the
back of the spoon to spread the sauce over. You
can now freeze the pizzas – see tip, below.
Build your own pizza. Put all the toppings out in different bowls
and let the child ‘build’ their own pizza. Little
ones will need to be handed the ingredients as
they will try to just pile up as much as they can
or not be able to scatter things evenly.
Get cooking. You can get older kids to carefully place the
tray in the oven using oven gloves (see safety first,
opposite). Bake pizzas for 12-15 mins until puffed
up and golden around the edges, then carefully lift
out of the oven. Leave to cool slightly, then slip
onto a board or plate. Serve cut into pieces with
houmous and a simple green salad.