Thursday, October 26, 2017

Making Pizza with Kids

Earlier this year, Naomi had a field trip with her teacher and school mates to Domino's Pizza restaurant and Balai Bomba in town. She had a chance to witness first hand on how to make a pizza at the local Domino's restaurant and if I am not mistaken she even had the opportunity to make pizza with her friends. To cut the story short, she had heaps of fun that day.

A couple weeks ago, I thought of recreating this pizza making activity with her at home. Little did I know that after I shared this pizza-making-with-Mommy idea with her, she kept on asking about it every single day for about week as if I owed her something.

Last Saturday, I realized this idea as my husband would be available to babysit B at home when I was busy preparing the pizza's ingredients from scratch. This whole pizza making activity literally took me about 5 hours to complete because I had so much disruptions during the process.

Our fruit of labor.

I actually love doing a cooking or baking activity with my kids (read: Naomi because B is still too young) simply because it's fun, memorable, educative and it's a great Mommy-child bonding opportunity. On the flip side, I don't really enjoy dealing with the enormous mess in the kitchen when I conduct a cooking-baking activity with kids because when I cook or bake with my little companion, normally I'd have to use more plates, bowls, trays or utensils (which I had to wash clean by myself after the session ends). On top of this, there would be more wet messy surfaces for me to wipe later on.

As such, to minimize the potential mess in the kitchen, last Saturday I prepared almost everything for the pizza. I only let Naomi put pizza topping on the rolled pizza dough as a way to involve her in our pizza making session.

All set for pizza making activity with my 5yo.

Before I called Naomi to join me in making the pizza, I made her wash her hands first, which she gladly obliged. I then arranged all the prepared ingredients for the pizza topping on our dining table.

So excited to start.

This time around I chose to make Hawaiian Pizza for Naomi because Naomi likes to steal and gobble all the pineapple cuts on our pizza every time we buy Hawaiian Pizza. She was so impatient when waiting for me to finish shaping the mini pizza crust and wanted to snack on the sliced sausages on the table. I reprimanded her several times not to eat them because those sausages were not even cooked yet.

Little hands busy making pizza.

I taught Naomi how to do the topping on a pizza once and she did the rest like a pro.

 Don't disturb me, Mommy.

Naomi was so engrossed adding the toppings on the pizza, she didn't let me nor her Dad give her a hand.

Yep, we should have flooded the pizza with more cheese!

Our Mini Pizzas were finally ready to go to the oven and excited Naomi attempted to help me carry the heavy tray to the kitchen.

Let's bake them, Mom.

However, the moment I saw Naomi carry the tray, I quickly took her tray over because she held the tray almost vertically as she slowly walked to the kitchen. Worried Mommy worried all the pizza would soon plonk to the floor. LOL.

Me and my pizza.

Look who's the happiest when the pizza was finally out from the oven and ate a pizza when it's still hot?

Moving on, here's the recipe I used to make the mini pizza last week. The pizza crust was so soft like a bun and we have the liberty to put almost anything we fancy eating for the topping. The original recipe recommends using tomato ketchup for the pizza sauce but I took the trouble in making the Bolognaise sauce myself by cooking fresh chopped tomatoes, oregano, tomato ketchup and some seasonings.

Mini Hawaiian Pizza
(Adapted from Tintin Rayner's book)


Mini Hawaiian Pizza.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

200gr Bread flour
100gr All-purpose flour
40gr Sugar
1 Egg yolk
5gr Instant yeast
60gr Salted butter
150ml Cold water

For the toppings (free style):

Tomato ketchup/Bolognaise sauce
Shredded mozzarella
Sliced sausage
Sliced/chopped sweet onions, capsicums or mushrooms
Dried Oregano, for sprinkle
Shredded chicken
Pineapple cuts

Methods:
  1. To make the dough: Place all ingredients except butter into the bread maker. Once it has formed into a dough, add in butter. Knead twice and proof the dough for 30 mins.
  2. Turn the dough into small balls and flatten each dough ball by using hands or rolling pins.
  3. Smear the top of the flattened pizza dough with tomato or Bolognaise sauce. Add the toppings that you want then sprinkle the pizza top with dried oregano and cheese.
  4. Bake the pizza in a preheated oven at 180-200 C for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.