by Jake, age 9
My name is Jake and my favorite pizza is cheese pizza with nothing else on it. Oh, yeah a little sauce too. Well yesterday was a rainy day and thought it was going to be boring hanging out with my sister Ava and cousin Blythe.
But then my aunt Elaine came over with a big basket of food and told us we were going to learn how to make pizza. I couldn’t imagine that I would ever make a pizza by myself, but I did it. It tastes great too!
The first thing we did was learn how to prepare a pizza pan with a little olive oil so the dough won’t stick and sprinkled a little corn meal on the pan to help lift the pizza and make it tastes good.
Next we learned how to make the dough. We were making 2 pizza recipes so there would be enough pizza for my mom, aunt Amanda, Aunt Elaine, Blythe, Ava and me. First we measured a perfect one cup measurement of flour. We took turns measuring.
We stirred in the rest of the ingredients (salt and yeast) and mixed it all up really well.
Then we added wet ingredients (water and olive oil) we stirred until we couldn’t stir anymore. Then aunt Elaine showed us how to knead the dough. We did that too.
When it was ready we had to put the dough on the pizza pans and spread it out with our hands so it was flat like pizza.
Now it was time to add the toppings. We had a lot to choose from but since I only like sauce and cheese that is what I made. Some other toppings were pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms and olives. Ava and Blythe put that stuff on their pizzas. So did Elaine, Amanda and my Mom.
All the pizzas went into the oven for 15 minutes. We had to keeping checking on them to make sure they didn’t burn.
I was really surprised how good the pizza tastes. I don’t think I ever had a better tasting pizza. It tastes just like in a restaurant!
RECIPE: Every Kid’s Favorite Pizza
Remember, you’ll need help from a grown-up for this one, but they’re easy to find — all the adults I know LOVE pizza!
Makes 4 6″ pizzas
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup very warm water
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Pre-heat oven to 450
2. Combine 3 cups flour, un-dissolved yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
3. Stir very warm water and olive oil into flour mixture.
4. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes.
5. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
6. Lightly oil 4 (6-inch) round pizza pan’s, sprinkle with cornmeal
7. For individual pizzas, shape dough into 4 (6-inch) rounds and place on pizza pans.
8. Bake approximately 15 minutes