Simple and delicious pizza dough to make Pizza Day more enjoyable.
I have a love-and-hate relationship with Bobby Flay. I like when he grills, but not so much when he cooks before a stove. Bobby surprised me one day when searching for a good pizza dough recipe. Mr. Bobby Flay makes the Best Pizza Recipe for kids. And I am not kidding!!!
A family favorite pizza dough recipe
I have often made this pizza dough recipe, and it always has the same outcome – perfect and delicious. The first time I tried the recipe was for a Lego Get Together I was having for the kids in the family. I can only say that the kids did not want to share their pan pizzas. Even my niece Kayla, 24 months at that time, gave her mom a hard time sharing. My nephew Serge and little cousins Jacob and Christopher 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 to play, teach them how to cook, and introduce different ingredients. I have made it fun and appreciative by incorporating toys or cartoon characters. 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.
About the Dough Recipe
One important factor when making any dough is flour. Choosing the right brand and one 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 its texture and taste. I find bread flour to be tastier than all-purpose flour. This is not an advertisement, but my preferred brand is King Arthur. It is a bit pricey, but I believe in choosing a safe and familiar name.
The recipe yields about 5 to 6 – 6-inch individual pan pizzas. It depends on how thin or thick you want the crust to be. It is best to let an adult prepare the dough to make the pizza for the kids. When it is time to roll it out, cut an 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 a rolling pin, and with the help of their mommies, they created their pizza masterpiece.
The Sauce for the Pizza
A good tomato sauce is necessary for the perfect pizza. I always stick to my favorite brand, Barilla Sauces. If you are interested in making your own, try these recipes.
I have tried 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? Try Bobby Flay’s pizza recipe to anyone trying to figure out how to teach kids how to cook. You won’t regret it! Here is the link to Mr. Flay’s 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
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