Day #11 – Homemade Pizza

After days of begging to have pizza for dinner, I decided that it would be a nice thing to make tonight. Last night, Princess was so insistent that we make it, she began rattling off all the potential toppings we could add. I’m not too keen on a rice/apple/peanut butter/chalk/lunchbox/t shirt pizza, so I popped into the supermarket while I was out this morning and grabbed a couple of pizza toppings.

The logic wasn’t lost on me, I should add – that, in order to avoid buying takeaways, I’m going to the supermarket to spend money on components for a specific meal. But, I do believe that there are so many advantages to making food as opposed to buying it. At least I know with certainty what is going into the meal.

As I have previously mentioned, BabyGirl has a Dairy allergy. We are hoping that it is something she grows out of, but for now she is strictly dairy free. If there is one thing that I have learned in the past 3 months, it’s that vendors do not always know what is contained in the food they sell. I always ask if something contains dairy (or cows milk, or specific items such as butter or milk) and I am surprised at the misinformation I have been given. For example, we all got ice creams and I asked for a plain, empty cone for BabyGirl, and the woman selling the ice cream suggested I try a particular flavour as it was “non-dairy”. I happened to know that that flavour was not dairy free as we had purchased it before, it was just standard ice cream. This sort of thing has happened many times – I guess my point is, only you can be responsible for what you eat (or in this case, feed your children) and this is where making from home is the best option.

And, on that note, I needed a dairy free, yeast free pizza dough and the one I found worked perfectly! Add some delicious toppings and *hey presto*, pizza 🙂

Pizza

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2 C Flour

1 t Baking Powder

1 t Salt

2/3 C Water

Oil

Toppings (whatever you like, really)

Cranberry Sauce

Mushrooms

Salami

Ham

Green Capsicum

Olives

Cheese

To make the dough, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and water together to form a dough. Knead it for a minute or two then roll it out into your pizza shape. Rub the oil over the surface with your fingers – this prevents the sauce from soaking into the dough.

Top pizza how ever you desire, then put into the oven until cooked.

Verdict

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Absolute WIN, no contest. This pizza was fantastic. I have never had much success with homemade pizza dough and of course, the simplest recipe appears to be the most successful. The dough came out crunchy and thin, well cooked and delicious tasting. Princess ate her slice and part of mine, BabyGirl wasn’t a fan of the cranberry but loved the olives. And Mr T declared it to be “the best pizza ever. So delicious”. High praise – I’ll take it 🙂

Another easy meal for the kids to help you prepare. “What’s for tea” tonight became, “what are we making for tea”, and was followed by a very helpful 4 year old setting the table, making her own “kids salad” and proudly displaying her pizza to all and sundry, all without needing to be asked by me. Another win.

Tomorrow night, corned beef. Can’t wait.

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