A child’s guide to making pizza. In 20 relatively easy steps:
Recipe makes one large pizza or four mini pizzas, plus dough balls.
1. Lovingly tip 800g of plain flour, 14g of dried yeast and 2 tsp of salt into a bowl.
2. Stir it together then dig a hole, making sure to spill plenty over the sides of the bowl.
3. Pour in 500ml of warm water (Daddy insisted on helping with this even though I was clearly doing fine by myself. I think he was feeling a bit left out).
4. Give it another good stir. Tip: Sticking your tongue out aids concentration.
5. Squish it up.
6. Use half the mixture for the pizza bases and leave the other half in the bowl. Divide into 4 equal amounts.
7. Roll out the pizza bases so they are around 1cm thick. (Yes, this is a water bottle because somebody ‘lost’ the rolling pin… I am working with complete amateurs here!)
8. Measure with your hand. If you like.
9. Transfer to a greased baking tray.
10. Divide the other half of the mixture into equal amounts to make dough balls. Complain to parents because you thought you were making snowballs.
11. Flatten the dough balls and put a cube of Mozzarella in the centre of each one.
12. Fold it up and squish back into a ball shape.
13. Transfer to a greased baking tray.
14. Build a quick dough ball tower while parents aren’t looking. Resist the urge to start a snowball fight – you will most likely get told off.
15. Attempt to juggle peppers.
16. See the mountain of tomatoes and find someone else to chop them all up for you. Make your excuses and leave.
17. Put chopped tomatoes in a bowl with chopped onion, garlic, basil, a splash of olive oil and a dash of lime.
18. Use this to top the pizzas, followed by cheese and other toppings of your choice (we used peppers, mushrooms, salami and the remaining Mozzarella from the dough balls)
19. Bake for around 20 – 25 minutes.
20. Eat them! We served our pizzas and dough balls with nachos (topped with the remaining salsa we made for the pizzas), baked potato wedges and salad.