We present you our delicious recipe for “Christmas pizzas”, a culinary delight that will delight your taste buds! Please note that this recipe contains pork and is intended for non-Muslims only. Our Cooking with Kids series aims to improve their skills in kneading dough, rolling out dough and learning the art of creating the perfect sauce. Your little ones can then let their imaginations run wild as they create their very own pizza masterpiece, topped with their favorite toppings. Unleash the inner chef in your child and embark on a culinary adventure that is sure to create unforgettable vacation memories!
- 500g strong white bread flour, plus some flour for dusting
- small pinch of sugar
- 7 g bag of fast-acting dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some for greasing
- 300 ml warm water
- 1 clove of garlic
- 400 ml chunky passata
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Handful of basil leaves, chopped
- small pinch of sugar
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- Ham, red pepper, black olives, salami, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, cheddar, tuna, sweet corn
- Hummus and green salad to serve
Freeze your pizzas
If you want to freeze pizza bases for later, roll them out to the desired size, brush them with tomato sauce (see step 5) and place them between sheets of baking paper. Wrap in foil and freeze for up to a month or until needed.
Host a pizza party for kids
Have the dough already made and then let the children start rolling out and topping it. Put the topping ingredients out in bowls and let kids try things they might normally shy away from, like red peppers or olives. Serve the pizzas with something you can dip the base in, such as hummus, so nothing gets lost.
What skills can children learn while making pizza?
MIXING AND KNEADING DOUGH for baking and shaping simple breads. ROLL for later use in the production of pastries and cookies. PREPARE TOMATO SAUCE to use as a pasta sauce for a weeknight family meal.
- Make a sticky dough by placing flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl and making a hole in the center. Measure out 300 ml water, add oil and stir until a sticky dough forms.
- Knead the dough by sprinkling more flour on the surface and placing the dough on top. Stretch the dough and form it into a ball for about 10 minutes.
- Let the dough rise by brushing a clean bowl with olive oil, placing the dough in it, and covering it with plastic wrap. Make it double in size.
- Create a delicious tomato sauce by crushing garlic and mixing it with other sauce ingredients. Put aside.
- Roll out the dough and divide it into the desired number of pizzas. Brush baking sheets with oil and spread the dough on them.
- Carefully pour the tomato sauce on top and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly without tearing the thin dough.
- Build your own pizza by providing different toppings in separate bowls and allowing the child to build their own pizza.
- Carefully place the tray in the oven and bake the pizzas at 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 8 for 12-15 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown around the edges.
- Remove the pizzas from the oven, let them cool slightly and place them on a board or plate. Serve the sliced pizzas with hummus and a simple green salad.
Equipment and tools
To prepare holiday pizzas, you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoon
- rolling pin
- baking paper
Before making holiday pizzas, please consider the following allergen information:
- Contains wheat (from bread flour)
- May contain gluten (from bread flour)
- Contains dairy products (from mozzarella and cheddar cheese)
- May contain soy (from humus).
- May contain fish (tuna).
Storage and leftovers
Follow these guidelines to store and use leftover Christmas pizza:
- If you have leftover pizza crusts, you can freeze them for later use. Roll it out to the desired size, spread it with tomato sauce and place it between sheets of baking paper. Wrap in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.
- Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- To reheat leftover pizzas, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), place the pizza slices on a baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until heated through.
- Enjoy leftover pizzas cold or bring them to room temperature before eating.
- To avoid the risk of foodborne illness, do not leave leftover pizza at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Health Benefits of Holiday Pizzas
Holiday pizzas are not only a delicious treat, but they also offer several health benefits. The combination of ingredients used in these pizzas ensures a balanced distribution of nutrients that can contribute to overall well-being. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits you can enjoy by enjoying holiday pizzas.
High fiber dough
The pizza dough in this recipe is made from 500g strong white bread flour. This type of flour typically contains more fiber than all-purpose flour, making the dough a good source of fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system because it regulates bowel movements, promotes satiety, and prevents overeating.
Antioxidant-rich tomato sauce
The chunky passata and tomato puree used in pizza sauce are excellent sources of antioxidants, especially lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect against certain cancers and reduce the risk of heart disease. Adding tomato-based sauces to your holiday pizzas can help boost your intake of these beneficial antioxidants.
Holiday pizzas offer a wide variety of protein-rich toppings such as ham, salami, mozzarella, cheddar and tuna. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue and supporting the immune system. Incorporating these protein-rich ingredients into your pizzas can help you meet your daily protein needs and keep you feeling full.
Essential nutrients from vegetables
Holiday pizzas can be loaded with vegetables like red peppers, black olives, cherry tomatoes, and sweet corn. This colorful vegetable not only adds flavor and texture, but also provides essential vitamins and minerals. Red peppers, for example, are an excellent source of vitamin C, while cherry tomatoes are rich in lycopene and vitamin A. Incorporating different vegetables into your holiday pizzas can contribute to your overall nutrient intake.
Development of children’s abilities
Baking holiday pizzas can also be a fun and educational activity for children. You can learn valuable skills like mixing and kneading dough that can be applied in the future when making simple breads or even pastries and cookies. Additionally, involving children in making tomato sauce can teach them how to make a simple pasta sauce for family dinners. This hands-on cooking experience can help children develop a love of food and encourage them to try new ingredients.
So, this holiday season, indulge in the deliciousness of holiday pizzas while reaping the health benefits they offer. From the fiber-rich dough to the antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed toppings, these pizzas can be a nutritious addition to your holiday menu. Additionally, involving children in the pizza-making process can encourage cooking skills and a sense of adventure in the kitchen. Enjoy your holiday pizzas with a side of hummus and a fresh green salad for a well-rounded meal.