It’s Friday night and in our house that means it’s pizza night, but instead of ordering in we make our own. Big B loves to cook and he looks forward to pizza night all week long. We hand him a ball of dough and he does the rest.
**I have included our recipe for the dough and pizza sauce at the bottom of this post!**
Big B adds flour to the counter so the dough does not stick:
He flattens out the dough into a somewhat pizza shape:
Next, he adds his sauce:
The last step is to add toppings… but it’s likely that not all of them will make it onto the pizza:
I’m warning you… It can be quite messy
But is totally worth it:
Believe me, it’s delicious! I would pick it over ordering out or a frozen pizza any day.
Pizza Dough Recipe:
- 4 cups Bread Flour
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 1 package of yeast
- 2 tsp of kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
Combine yeast and water in a small bowl or measuring cup.
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add water/yeast mixture and olive oil to the dry mix. Combine with large mixer, or by hand (more fun!), until a large dough ball is formed. If it is too wet add more flour.
Grease the bottom and sides of another large bowl with a small amount of olive oil, and place the dough ball in the bowl. Cover and set in a warm spot for at least an hour, and until the dough rises to roughly twice it’s size.
Preheat oven to 525 or higher if possible (be careful with the kids around the oven, of course)
We can form two equal sized dough balls and a smaller child’s sized dough ball from this recipe. Form each into a ball. I prefer to chill the dough slightly before handling, but use your own judgement. We also like to make several batches at once and freeze them. It makes pizza night easier.
Add Sauce (recipe below), Cheese and Toppings.
Bake Pizzas until cheese is melted and starting to brown slightly.
Pizza Sauce Recipe:
- One 8oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
- One 8oz can of Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
- Salt, Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until nice and hot. Remove from heat. Place sauce in a metal bowl and place bowl in an ice-bath to cool sauce. Put sauce with ice bath in the refrigerator until needed. We also like to make large batches of the sauce as well.
Cooking is such an important life skill. We try to allow Big B to help in the kitchen as much as possible. I am considering doing a “Cooking with Your Kids” segment every Friday to go along with my life skills curriculum. Let me know what you think!