From Pitta to Pizza
If you made the pitta bread recipe last week you will see that making pizza base dough is roughly the same principle. I have just added the base recipe and tomato sauce and then it’s up to you to be creative with the toppings you and your family love.
You will need
- 350g strong white bread flour
- 1tsp sugar + a pinch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 small packet of dried yeast
- 180ml warm water (never hot as it kills the yeast)
- 2tbsp olive oil
WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND CLEAN A SURFACE TO WORK ON
- Place the yeast in a cup and add 100ml of the warm water and a pinch of sugar. Mix with the tip of your finger. Leave for about 20 minutes until the yeast makes a foam.
- Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
- Pour the foamy yeast into the flour mixture.
- Start adding the warm water and use your hand to mix until you have formed a lovely clump of dough. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to get a lovely crispy base. Don’t worry if there are some lumps and be careful- you might not need all of the water.
- Use some energy to knead the dough for a good 7 minutes. Throw it about a bit, squish it, smooth it and do this again and again to get the gluten in the flour working for you.
- Cover the bowl with a clean towel or cling film and place in a warm area for a good couple of hours until the dough grows and at least doubles in size. It’s O.K. to keep peeking at the yeast making bubbles in your dough. That’s the magic of bread making.
- When ready, knock back (beat up) the dough and knead into a ball before dividing into 2 large or 4 smaller balls.
- Using a little flour on the surface roll each one as a ball and then roll flat into a pizza shape. You can also stretch and pull it out with your hands. (Maybe leave the swirling in the air to a professional).
- Meanwhile get an adult to switch on your oven and heat to the highest temperature.
- Now to make the tomato sauce. Just slice up some tomatoes and add a little oil and salt and maybe herbs like basil or oregano. Garlic is great too if you like it. Cook this down into a mush and it’s ready to top your pizza base.
- Get adventurous with toppings – you don’t need too much – gooey mozzarella, ham, grated cheese, colourful peppers. It’s totally up to you.
- Place your pizzas into the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You will see them crisp up and the cheese melt. Then they are ready so ask an adult to remove them for you.
- You can freeze the dough if you have extra left over.
Have a lot of fun bakers and let me know how you get on !
Science link – What food groups have you used making your pizza?
More recipes coming soon….