1.5 envelopes instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1.5c very warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
The dry ingredients were mixed together, then the water and oil were added. The ingredients were incorporated with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Once the dough started to come together, the kids took turns putting flour on their hands to keep from sticking, then dug in to help mix the dough. The next step was to turn the dough out onto a floured table top and start kneading! We learned how to hold our hands together for kneading the dough, then got to work!
After the dough is kneaded and feels smooth and elastic, it is put in a clean oiled bowl and left to rise in a warm spot for at least 2 hours (ideally 3+). Cover the surface of the dough with plastic wrap, and place a kitchen towel over the bowl.
Our Junior Chefs were lucky to have magic dough on hand that had already risen, and each chef was given a small portion for making their own personal pizzas. Mamas were on hand with rolling pins to help the little ones put flour on the table and roll out their dough.
The fun really began as we started to top our yummy pizzas. The chefs used sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni and green olives.
The pizzas went into a 500 degree oven for about 7 minutes.
Time saving tip for mamas- Freeze the dough!
For made ahead pizza crusts to have on hand in the freezer, simply roll out personal sized pizzas, bake in 500 degree oven for 3 or 4 minutes (don't let them get brown or crisp, you will be baking them again when you assemble your pizzas). Cool on a rack. When completely cool, stack them up and freeze in a Ziplock bag. When you need one, take it out of the freezer, top it and bake in a 500 degree oven for 5-6 min. This recipe makes enough for 12 kid size pizzas, or two family sized pizzas.
Thanks to momstown Milton for this great recipe!