Homemade Pizza

Overview

Ingredients - Dough

Ingredients - Topping

Notes

Recipe for 2 adults, 1 child for two days // four large pizzas

Prep time 15 min / Cook time 12 min / Rise time 60 min / Total time 1.5h

Oven temperature: 230°C bottom heat

To be honest, when we tried pizza for the first time I was sceptical but come on… pizza … Who does not like pizza?

You may have already guessed but it was not a huge success. My son is probably one of the few human beings on this planet who did not like pizza right away. The mistake we made is that we looked at this situation in the wrong way. We tried to give him pizza with an actual topping. Now you might think that the topping is the best thing about a pizza and that pizza without a topping tastes like … well … pizza dough and right you are.  With a picky eater like this one, there was just no way that he would eat all of these different ingredients combined.

When we had that figured out, it became a lot easier. The first pizza was dough with a little bit of olive oil sprinkled on top of it. I know, sounds aweful but he loved it. Eventually he allowed us to put some sliced red bell pepper on top of it. Yay! That was it for quite some time. Then came the day when I was able to convince him that tomato sauce – which he already ate – could potentially taste okayish on pizza. Worked out pretty well and now tomato sauce is accepted.  After what then felt like an eternity, he suddenly discovered that mozzarella on pizza tasted really good. I was able to convince him to add a tiny bit on the outermost corner of the pizza and from that day on, mozzarella became one of the regular toppings. Last but not least came the champignons. I really don’t remember how that happened but every once in a while he drops his guard and tries something new and that particular time it was the champignons. So all in all his pizza is now made of the pizza dough, oil + tomato sauce, mozzarella, bell pepper and champigons. For us, that is huge progress.

pizza dough, Teig, Mehl, flour

Preparation

Anyway, enough of our personal struggles; let me tell you about my absolute favourite pizza recipe:

  1. Add the flour, salt and optional herbs and spices to a large bowl.
  2. Make a hollow in the center and add the warm water, yeast and optional sugar.
  3. Stir a little to dissolve the yeast and let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly for approximately 10 minutes or until the dough has a soft texture and doesn’t stick anymore. You can start by mixing it in the bowl and continue on the work surface. That will be much easier.
  5. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover it with cling film. Let it rest in a warm place for ~30 minutes
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces (or whatever works best for you) and bring them into a more or less round shape. With these quantities we usually have a total of 1600g of dough which means that we divide it into pieces of 4x 400g.
  7. Sprinkle the dough with some flour and cover it with a drying cloth for another 30 minutes. In the meantime you can preheat the oven together with the baking tray to 230°C bottom heat and prepare the toppings as well as the tomato sauce.
  8. For the sauce, simply add the tomato paste, passata, herbs and spices, and the sweetener to a small bowl and stir until everything is well combined.
  9. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and place it on a piece of baking paper
  10. Sprinkle some olive oil on the dough, add the tomate sauce and distribute both evenly
  11. Add the mozzarella as well as the other toppings and then place the pizza with the baking paper on the baking tray
  12. Place the baking tray at the lowest possible position in the oven and bake the pizza for about 12 minutes. Enjoy <3

Tipps

You can easily involve your child(ren) in the pizza-making process, allowing them to help with both the dough and the toppings. At this point, my son can independently combine various ingredients and knead the dough – the only thing I might have to do is shape it a little afterwards. 

Opt for a tablespoon or a similar utensil for mixing the ingredients until the water has absorbed most of the flour. This way, you’ll experience much less dough sticking to your hands.

And finally: I love preparing pizza for birthdays, parties etc. because everyone gets to customize their pizza with their favorite toppings. Also, most of it can be prepared in advance – Looks funny but tastes pretty great and everyone is happy 😂