These homemade pizzas are cheaper and healthier than shop-bought ones – and kids will have loads of fun making them
Makes: 6-8
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips

Ingredients

  • 500g (1lb) strong plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sachet fast-action easy-blend yeast
  • 1 tsp clear honey or sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the topping:

  • About 6-8 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 200g (7oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • A selection of ingredients, eg, strips of red, yellow and green pepper, a few slices of salami, pineapple rings, mini mozzarella balls and olives

Method

  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Measure 275ml (9½ fl oz) hand-hot water in a jug. Add the honey, or sugar, and oil. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix together to form a ball.
  3. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until it?s smooth and elastic. Wash out the bowl, and then lightly oil it. Put the dough back in the bowl. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1-1½ hours until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Using a floured hand, punch the risen dough to knock out the air bubbles. Turn on to a lightly floured surface and knead. Divide dough into 6 or 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece using your hand, or a rolling pin, to rounds about 15cm (6in) in diameter. Lift them on to the baking sheets.
  5. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C. Spread 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup on each dough base, leaving about 1cm (½in) around the edge. Sprinkle each pizza with a good handful of cheese, then add other ingredients to create funny faces. Leave the pizzas until doubled in size, about 10 minutes.
  6. Bake in 2 or 3 batches for 12-15 minutes. Use a palette knife to remove pizzas from the baking sheets and make sure that the dough is cooked. Serve warm.

Top tip: Encourage the children to use pizza toppings to create their own patterns or faces, so that they’re even more fun to make. While the pizzas are cooking, they can prepare ingredients for their salad: chop peppers and hard-boiled eggs, grate carrot, tear up lettuce; they can also include fruit, nuts and baby tomatoes. Put each food in a separate bowl and they can then choose what they want to put in their salad – the only challenge being that they use at least 5 ingredients!Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: Chris Alack. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe.

Nutritional information per portion

fat 17.0g calories 411(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.