School is out for…Easter!!

This is one of my favourite things to do with my two…we each pick & choose our own toppings and experiment with flavours…then settle in to watch a good movie…a real treat!!

This is also a great idea for play dates over the holidays – keeps them entertained and fed – win win!!!

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Make your Own Pizzas

Serves 4

No matter what age – pizzas are popular! We have had some great fun making our own pizzas on Friday afternoons, I prepare the dough ahead of time and let it rise in a warm place. The toppings are in bowls so that everyone can choose and have a go at creating their own.  

Basic Pizza Dough

Makes one 30cm x 40cm rectangle or three 30cm rounds

1 rounded tsp dried yeast (or ½ x 7g sachet)

½ tsp sugar

150ml lukewarm water (more if required)

250g Italian ‘00’ or strong white flour

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp salt

120ml good quality tomato sauce

A few suggestions for toppings: 

Chorizo, roasted red peppers and chargrilled asparagus

Pancetta, spinach and feta

Roasted courgette ribbons, aubergine and mozzarella

Sliced mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes and shredded kale

Leek, thin slices of sweet potatoes and sprinkle over some roughly chopped walnuts

For the sweet tooth – cream cheese, blueberries and raspberries with maple syrup drizzle

  1. To make the dough, mix the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water and allow the yeast to activate. When the yeast foams, it is ready to use.  This takes about 10 minutes.
  2. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt, olive oil and yeast mixture. Mix to a loose dough, adding more flour or water as required. Knead until the dough is very pliable, which should take about 5 minutes using the dough hook of a stand mixer or 7 to 10 minutes by hand. Leave the dough to rise in a well-oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap until the dough has trebled in size and is springy to the touch, which will take about 2 hours. This will rise best in a warm, draught-free place, e.g. a hot press or near a cooker or oven.
  3. Preheat the oven to 230°C/fan210°C /gas 7. When it has risen, knock it back and place onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it again by hand for 2–3 minutes.
  4. Roll out or stretch the dough with your hands onto a lightly oiled pizza pan/screen or baking sheet.
  5. Lash on some tomato sauce and arrange your favourite toppings.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes until golden and crisp.  Remove from the oven and slice.

Recipe from the Weekend Chef – Easy Food for Lazy Days

Published by Gill & Macmillan

Photography by Joanne Murphy

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