Friday night is “take away” night in our house. A great thing to do is homemade pizza. The kiddies can help out and you get to use up all the leftovers and little bits left over in the fridge from the week. The pizza dough is quite quick to make and fun for the whole family.
- 1 ½ cups flour (cake flour or bread flour)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 120 – 150 ml luke warm water (start with the 120mls and add as needed if dough too dry)
- 1 tablespoon olive oilEnough for 1 think pizza or 2 thin based pizzas.
I am quite lazy especially on a Friday afternoon so I use my breadmaker to mix the dough. If you do this place all ingredients starting with the liquid and ending with the yeast into the breadmaker and put onto the dough setting. Keep watching the dough and if it is dry then add a bit more water as you need. If you are making a bigger portion then I still use the breadmaker but once the dough is mixed I transfer it to a bowl that has been oiled. Cover with plastic (also oiled) and leave in a warm place to rise (about an hour).
If you do not have a breadmaker then you can use the dough attachment on a mixer or mix by hand as follows:
- Sift the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl then stir in the yeast.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the water and the oil.
- Mix to a soft dough.
- Knead the flour on a lightly floured board for about 10 minutes or until the dough is nice and elastic and smooth.
- Please in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic. Make sure there is olive oil on the plastic as well or it will stick when you take it off. (Leave for about 1 hour).
Once the dough is ready you can roll it out on a floured surface and make a nice flat base. It is a homemade pizza so any shape is ok, it does not have to be perfectly circular.
Then go ahead and add the toppings and top with mozzarella cheese. Let the children create their own. They love it!
Bake in a preheated oven (230° C) for about 10 – 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and when the cheese is melted and the base is a golden brown take out and enjoy.
If you have any dough left over roll it out and add marshmallows and chocolate or banana and syrup before baking. Makes a great end to a pizza evening.
If you want to try gluten free options Dischem have a range of pizza dough mixes you can try. Instructions are on the bag and it makes a great option so everyone can take part.