Making homemade pizza with your kids doesn’t have to be difficult! Pizza is a staple meal around our dinner table and we always make it our self. Making your own pizza is not only cheaper than ordering delivery but also a healthier option because you are in control of what goes on your pizzas. I like to make my own dough as well, but there are great alternatives at the grocery store like frozen dough, or flat bread pizza shells. Feel free to pile on your favorite toppings, or place a shell in front of your kids and get them to create their own pizza masterpiece!
For the dough:
- 3/4 cups (6 ounces) lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon active-dry or instant yeast
- 2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast into the warm water.
- Add the flour and salt and with the dough hook mix until the dough comes together and isn’t so sticky.
- Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel to rise for around an hour or until it has doubled in size. This is a great time to prep your toppings.
- When the dough has risen, divide it in two, and roll them out on a clean surface using a rolling pin or wine bottle to the desired size and thickness.
For the sauce:
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- pinch of fennel seeds
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- pinch of thyme
- pinch of oregano
- extra virgin olive oil
- Heat the fennel seeds and garlic in the olive oil to infuse the flavors.
- Add the can of tomatoes, thyme and oregano.
- Let simmer to combine the flavors.
Assembly of toppings:
- 1-2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
- 50g of pepperoni
- diced mushrooms
- 3 tbsp of chopped basil
- Place pizza crust on a baking sheet
- Cover with sauce, followed by the cheese and then the toppings.
- Save the basil for after the pizza has cooked and sprinkle the fresh basil on top
Bake in a preheated 475 degree oven for 10-12 minutes and rotate the pizzas after the first 5 minutes. Enjoy!