Sunday, May 8, 2011

Make Pizza! (simple method)

Sure it's a bit messy, but making pizza is a lot of fun. I know some people are purists and would want to make the pizza dough from scratch. My little boys just do not have the attention span necessary for the long method, so we bought all the ingredients: pre-made pizza dough in a bag, tomato sauce, cheese, and meat toppings from Trader Joe's for about the cost of a large pizza from Papa John ($20). This project will take about 1 hour. Attention span requirement is only about 25 minutes.

The instructions are very simple:
(1) Remove pizza dough from bag, wait 20 minutes.
(2) Make sure the boys wash their hands.
(3) Have about 1/2 cup of flour and spread them all over the pan, dough, and kids' hands.
        - Make sure the dough, pan, and hands maintain the barrier of flour.
(4) Start preheating the oven at 450 degrees F.
(5) Let the kids have fun kneading the dough and spreading it on the pan.
        - Try not to help too much.
        - Keep a small amount of dough for "hole" repairs.
(6) Spread tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings of their choice.
(7) Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes.

The pizzas turned out great!

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