I love special family nights together and one of my favourite is our weekly pizza night. We make the pizza dough in the afternoon after Roo gets home from school, sometimes he will make it with me, and other times he will just play whilst I make it (checking every so often to make sure I’m doing it right of course!).
Then when it gets to about 5pm, we grate the cheese (which the boys eat, so I have to grate it again), slice up the mozzarella and anything else we want to go on top of the pizza. Once its done we sit down as a family and share out all of the slices, watch a disney film and snuggle. Its so much fun!
Because I love this little ritual so much, I wanted to share with you my perfect pizza dough recipe, so here it is, I hope you give it a go.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of yeast, or 1 packet of dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of warm water (hand touch warm)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
In a bowl mix the yeast and sugar with the warm water and leave to activate for 10-12 minutes. Once the yeast has activated the water will be frothy/bubbly. Mix the flour, salt and butter together in a separate bowl and add the yeast mixture. Mix really well until this forms a dough.
Leave the dough to rise in a warm place (approximately 1 hour), punch down to knock the air out (highly satisfying if you have had a bad day!) and leave to rise again for another hour – you can skip the last rise if you are really rushed for time, or shorten the time to 30mins, but the dough is best if it is double risen. During the second rise (or first if you are skipping the second rise) pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6/7.
Roll out the dough over a well floured surface to form approximately 3 large pizzas, or 6 smaller ones. We always do 3 large pizzas for our family (3 adults and 2 children) this feeds everyone with plenty left over. With a fork prick the dough all over leaving an inch or so around the edge to form a crust – this stops the dough rising up in the oven if you prick it. Bake for 10-15 minutes until turning golden.
Add whatever topping you are planning on using: garlic spread, tomato base, cheese, ham, mushrooms, pepperoni, chicken etc etc. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes until the cheese is completely melted.
At the moment, we really love spicy chicken with peppers, pepperoni, ham and mushroom and four cheese pizzas. I try to get the boys trying different flavours so we change them up whenever we fancy it, but the cheesy pizza is alway a favourite!