I have a love and hate relationship with Bobby Flay. I love him when he grills, but when he is cooking in front of a stove – not so much. Bobby surprised me one day when searching for a good pizza dough recipe. Mr. Bobby Flay makes the Perfect Pizza Recipe for kids. And I am not kidding!!!
I have made this pizza recipe many times and always the same outcome – just perfect and delicious. The first time I tried the recipe, it was for a Lego Get Together I was having for the kids in the family. All I can say is that the kids did not want to share their individual pan pizzas. Even my niece Kayla, 24 months at that time gave her mom a hard time about sharing. My nephew Serge, little cousins Jacob and Christopher just kept smiling and eating. None of them wanted to share. Unbelievable!
To give you a little background on the get-together or play date. I tried to schedule play dates for the kids in the family not only to play but also to teach them how to cook and to introduce different types ingredients. By incorporating toys or cartoon characters, I have been able to make it fun and appreciative. They bond by sharing their opinion, likes, and dislikes. Just like little elves at work. So cute to see!
By creating these memories, I have realized that the kids are learning to like, dislike, and experience what it means to add ingredients together. They taste each ingredient, and it is such a pleasure to read their facial expressions when they like or dislike something. Those expressions are classic! I wish I could share some photos but unfortunately, I cannot. There are too many reasons for me to try to explain. They are innocent kids, and it is that simple! The Internet is a world of unexpected outcomes.
One important factor when making any dough is the flour. Choosing the right brand and one that you are comfortable with is the key. Although the recipe states that regular all-purpose flour or bread flour can be used, I prefer making it with bread flour because of texture and taste. I find bread flour to be tastier than the all purpose flour. This is not an advertisement, but my preferred brand is King Arthur. It is a little bit pricey, but I believe in choosing a safe and familiar name.
The recipe yields about 5 to 6 – 9-inch individual pan pizzas. It all depends on how thin or thick you want the crust to be. To make the pizza for the kids it is best to let an adult prepare the dough. When it is time to roll it out, cut even portion for the number of pans needed. What made it even simpler for me is I gave each child its plastic placemat. The placemats I bought were multi-functional. They can be used for rolling out the dough and are plain and colorful. Nothing boring for the kids! Each kid also had their rolling pin, and with the help of their mommies, they created their pizza masterpiece.
I have tried on many occasions to change the menu, but the kids always ask for pizza, it is their favorite food to make. And how can you say no to a bunch of angels? To anyone trying to figure out how to teach kids how to cook, try Bobby Flay’s pizza recipe. You won’t regret it! Here is the link Mr. Flay recipe on the Food Network website: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe.html.
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour plus more for rolling (Chef's Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can't find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 envelope instant dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups water 110 degrees F
- 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 2 teaspoons
- Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
- Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes