Homemade pizza makes me popular. When I make it I hear a chorus of “Thank you Mommy!” coming from all ends of the family.
Coming from challah baking where rising time is 3 hours, I just love that pizza dough takes only five minutes to be ready.
I don’t know how it is in your house but here pizza making is an activity. I think because we have a large family and just two oven racks, no matter how quick it is to make, it takes all night to eat and serve. Just as we sit down to one pie, there’s another one that needs to go in the oven. So we’re jumping up and down from the table a couple of times. But I like it. It makes dinner linger in a chilled out way that the kids love.
Birthday parties and pizza- we’ve done this for our kids – even for our son’s 12 year old birthday and it was a huge hit. ( Now they’re popular! lol)
We wrote out the recipe on a big cardboard and gave each of the boys a bowl. The ingredients sat in the middle of the table and off they went. I loosely supervised but mostly let them figure it out on their own and they loved it! Those little looked like Tarzan beating their chests “I make good pizza!”
Warning – the mess factor is pretty big with B-day pizza making. On the flip side, it keeps them occupied for hours and you don’t have to cook or buy dinner for them.
So, without further a due, here’s the recipe. Below and pics so you can see how much fun a simple dinner can be.
Simple Homemade Pizza
Heat oven to 450
1 pk or 1 TBS yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 TBS oil
Let is rise while you get out the pans, open the sauce and prepare the cheese.
For a crunchy crust grease the pan generously with oil for a regular crust, you can use Pam.
Roll the pizza nice and thin, add pizza sauce, cheese and any vegi’s you like.
Recipe makes 1 pie
We like to use White Splet flour when we can, it tastes great!
Note – To make this pizza kosher don’t bake it in an oven that recently had meat or chicken in it. Either self clean the oven first or leave it on 500 degrees for an hour. This will burn out the “meatiness”and prepare it for dairy use. ( Part of Kosher is not cooking or eating milk and meat together.)
The best way to show how much happiness it creates is through pictures, so here goes!
Idea – My old neighbor Debbie used to prepare the dry ingredients in Ziplock bags with instructions on the outside of which wet ingredients to add. This was she had it available for her kids and they would make pizza at times when she needed to stay late at work. I love that! It’s a touch of mom’s love and a touch of “hey kids, you can do this!”And that’s a great recipe for a childhood.