One of the most fulfilling things about spending time in the kitchen is having your kids there to help. Getting them in the kitchen early to help prepare, taste, and learn recipes will help set the foundations for a lifetime appreciation of food and family. Making them understand food in a way that would get them excited is a wonderful achievement and helps the little ones gain knowledge to cook from scratch. It's a great learning opportunity and it will allow you to spend some quality time with your children.
The following homemade pizza recipe (pizza dough, toppings, and pizza sauce) is going to be simple, fun to make, yummy, and the children will absolutely love it. You and your little people can even use a kid-friendly pizza set with safe-to-use utensils such as a plastic knife, a mixing spatula, a pizza server, and a pizza cutter.
Ingredients that you'll need:
For the crust:
For the toppings:
1. Put the flour in a large bowl and let the kids add the salt and the yeast.
2. Whisk everything together.
3. After you've finished whisking, add the olive oil and stir it with a spatula.
4. While one of you is stirring, the other one can add in the warm water.
5. Stir all of these ingredients together until you obtain a rough pizza dough.
6. Take the dough out and put it on a floured surface. Knead it for a few minutes and then shape it into a ball.
7. Lightly oil the dough ball with a bit of olive oil.
8. Put the dough back into the large bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Set it aside and let it rise for about 1 to 2 hours.
9. Once the dough has risen, move it to a floured surface and knead it a little bit more, then shape it back into a ball.
10. Preheat the oven to 500° F.
11. Start rolling up the dough and bring it to the desired shape.
12. After it's nicely shaped, put the dough in the pan and start assembling the toppings.
13. Add the tomato sauce, the shredded mozzarella cheese, and the pepperoni.
15. On the outer crust, add a little bit of olive oil. Brush it evenly with a basting brush.
16. Place the pizza in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
Tips and tricks:
When your pizza will be done, it will look and taste delicious. Not to mention the quality time spent with your kids while preparing it! Plus, it was easy peasy to make and ready in a jiffy. Great job!
As we mentioned above, one of the reasons you want to have your children help in the kitchen is because it exposes them to the food; which helps them make healthy food choices and increases their willingness to try new foods. There are also some developmental advantages of including children in the kitchen such as the development of fine motor skills, self-confidence, and independence, as well as the chance to work on counting, colors, shapes, and letters.
Here are some recommendations on how to get your kids in the kitchen.
There are a variety of things you can involve your child in. From meal planning and shopping to preparation, serving, and cleaning. You just need to pick tasks that are age-appropriate. Every child is different and will be able to do different things. One thing’s for sure: you’ll have lots of fun and create meaningful memories.