A simple pizza, designed to get children involved in cooking
This simple recipe was inspired by one of my Family table articles, answering a question from a parent about the best way to start involving your kids in cooking.
Once you have the bread, tomato and cheese, you can add anything you and your little ones would like. Some children love olives or peppers. Or yes, even pineapple.
For the base:
375g strong white flour, sieved
125g kamut or wholemeal flour, sieved
1 tbsp fine sugar
1 tbsp active yeast
2 pinches sea salt
350ml lukewarm water
2 tbsp olive oil
For the topping:
200ml tomato passata
200g grated mozzarella
200g smoked ham
1 handful of basil leaves
Baking tray (approx 38cm x 27cm)
Pre-heat the oven to 220C.
Mix the sieved flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the water and olive oil. Mix together and knead into a ball, pop this back in the bowl, cover and allow to rest and rise for 20 mins.
On a floured surface, using a large rolling pin dusted with flour, roll out the dough into a large rectangle the size of your tray. Line the tray with baking paper, then the pizza base and bake for 10 mins.
Remove the base from the oven and turn on the grill. Spread the tomato passata in an even layer over the pizza base, then sprinkle over the grated cheese. Grill until the cheese melts and starts to bubble.
Scatter over the ham and basil, then serve.