The kids love to have a say in what they eat and pizza is a great and simple recipe for such a collaboration.
I used to be intimidated by the proofing of dough, and what nots of baking. But not anymore after watching Gennaro Contaldo on YouTube. He made pizza look so easy. Before long and after a few tries, I realized, pizza is to the ang mohs as dumplings are to the chinese. And definitely it is easier than prata is to Indians cos no flipping involved, so really about anyone can do it.
Here are the ingredients and methods.
2 cups plain Flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast – mix with 1.5 cup warm water with tsp sugar
Cheese – Parmesan, mozzarella. You can use packet grated ones.
Sauce – any store bought sauce – I like tomato purée and bbq sauce.
Toppings – about anything and everything! Anything raw and slightly thicker like chicken meat should be sliced and cooked. Don’t worry about seasoning them especially if your sauce is good.
Here are some of my favorite toppings:
– Meat : minced chicken, pepperoni, any hotdog or wiener cut
– seafood : prawns, calamari
– vegetables: bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, basil, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, anything goes!
So, how do we make a pizza dough? To be honest, I don’t know any of the kneading methods. So just combine all the dough ingredients and mix with your hands til a dough forms. Dust your hands with flour to remove all the sticky dough. Shape the dough into a ball, brush a layer of oil over the dough, cover with cling wrap and let it rest for about 30-45 minutes. During this dough should double in size.
After this, divide the dough into 2 to make 2 pizzas that can fit into our usual SG oven. Shape them into circles and flatten out slowly. No techniques or rocket science here. Just imagine you are playing with play doh. Once all that is done, brush some olive oil again for flavor, place the sauce, arrange the toppings and then top with a generous layer of cheese. Bake in oven say around 200 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. And then we are done! This will be a meal that they would gladly polish off on their own without much fuss!