Have loads of fun with your little ones with this easy and fun recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small bunch fresh basil
- olive oil
- 400 g good quality tinned plum tomatoes
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a small bowl, combine yeast, water and 1 tsp sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups flour, salt and remaining sugar. Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture and olive oil.
- Stir using the paddle attachment or a spoon until the dough just comes together. Then knead, either by hand or in a stand mixer fixed with the dough hook, for about 5 minutes (3-4 minutes if using stand mixer). Add remaining flour in 1 tbsp increments just until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl or is no longer sticky.
- Shape dough into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with lightly greased plastic wrap to allow it to rise until double in size (about 45 minutes to 1 hour).
- Punch down risen dough, shape into a ball and place on a lightly-floured surface. Roll out into a circle of desired crust thickness and let rest for about 10 minutes. At this point, you can put on the tomato sauce and your desired toppings.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F or 260 degrees C. Place pizza in oven and bake about 10-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are baked. Let pizza rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
For the tomato sauce
- Peel and finely slice the garlic.
- Pick the basil leaves and discard the stalks.
- Heat a saucepan on a medium-low heat and add a splash of olive oil and the garlic. Cook gently until the garlic starts to turn golden, then add most of the basil leaves, the tomatoes, and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cook gently for around 20 minutes, or until smooth, mashing the tomatoes up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- When done, have a little taste, and season again if needed. If you do not have the time to cook the sauce from scratch, you may use ready-made pasta sauce.
Toppings you can use:
Olives, ham and chargrilled artichokes; sliced tomato, spinach, garlic, onion, cheese and a whole egg cracked on top; mozzarella, pesto, roasted red peppers, canned pineapples and sliced mushrooms. The choices are endless. Let your imagination and taste bud lead you!
You can keep cooked pizza in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. For days when you have no time to cook, it will be your lifesaver. Just heat up the pizza for 2 minutes in a microwave oven or about 8-10 minutes in a toaster oven after thawing.