Cooking with Kids: No-Rise Pizza Crust
By Jackie Currie, Happy Hooligans
Feb 24, 2015
When it comes to cooking with kids, making pizza from scratch is always a hit. After-all, most kids love pizza, and I’ve never met a child who doesn’t love to get their hands into a big batch of dough.
Making homemade pizza terrific way to get kids involved in the kitchen. The process is fun and easy, and this particular pizza dough recipe is a favourite here for a few reasons.
First off, it produces a delicious crust! It really does. Even though the recipe is super-simple, you’ll be impressed by how great your homemade pizza will taste when you use this recipe.
Secondly, I love this pizza dough because it doesn’t require any actual kneading. This makes it the perfect recipe for toddlers and preschoolers because you can’t ruin the dough by handling it too much or too little.
The best thing about this dough is that there’s no wait time. Many pizza crust recipes require a rise and rest period which can take an hour or more. Not this recipe! Your kids can stir the ingredients together to form a loose and lumpy dough, and minutes later you’ll be loading your pizza up with toppings and popping it into the oven.
- 2.25 tsp (or one 8g packet) quick-rising or dry-active yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110º F)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2.5 cups flour (I use all-purpose flour, but bread flour would be great too)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
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Making your pizza dough:
Heat your oven to 450ºF.
In a bowl, combine the yeast and sugar and warm water. Give it a quick stir, and let it sit for several minutes until it becomes creamy (5–10 mins). The hooligans love watching the transformation take place right before their eyes.
When the yeast is foamy, pour it into a large bowl with the flour, oil and salt. Let the kids stir it all up until you have a loose, messy dough.
Let the dough rest for 5 minutes (ahhh, rest... doesn’t that sound nice?). The dough does not need to be shaped into a ball or anything for this stage. Just leave it loose and messy in the bowl.
While the dough is resting, your kids can grate cheese, sort out their toppings.
When 5 minutes has passed, flop the pizza dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and let the kids get their hands into it.
Have them press and pat out their pizza crusts.
You can go with one large pizza crust if you want, but my guys like to make their own, so we usually make four individual pizzas with this recipe.
Once their crusts are shaped, using a spatula or lifter, move them to a baking stone or a lightly greased baking sheet.
Add your toppings:
Now the kids can load up their pizzas with their favourite toppings.
Start by spreading a dollop of pizza sauce over the dough with a spoon.
Then sprinkle on a handful of mozzarella, and top with various meat and veggies if you wish.
For a large 12-inch pizza, bake at 450ºF for 15-20 minutes.
For smaller, individual pizzas, bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is browning and bubbling.
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