My family loves homemade pizza for several reasons. One of them is that I can easily cater to all kind of requests such as:
“More cheeses, please? Wait, why not have a mixture of Mozallera, Parmesan and Cheddar? That will be ideal.”
“Pineapples, more and more! Mummy!”
“Don’t forget to put in Pepperoni, the one without black pepper please”
“Yes, thin crust only. Remember to add semolina flour this time!”
Even though we had never ordered such a custom-made pizza in any restaurant, I am sure it won’t be cheap to do so.
My initial attempts in making pizza dough were done by hands. It was fun but can be quite tiring especially for someone like me who don’t have strong arms. But now, I discover another pizza dough recipe which I can happily assign all the kneading jobs to my reliable helper, aka my standing kitchen mixer (with a dough hook). It saves me lots of time and energy and at the same time allows me to multi-task other chores. I strongly recommend you to invest in a kitchen mixer if you’re serious about baking.
I had been using this pizza dough recipe to make pizzas for my family for some time as it worked very well with my kitchen mixer. More importantly, the result had been up to expectation so far. Given my family’s preference for thin crust pizza, I modified the flour combination slightly to achieve the required texture. The recipe can yield two 11” thin crust pizzas which is perfect for serving two to three persons. I added a small amount of finely grounded semolina flour to enhance the flavour and give it a bit of golden coloured crust. The crispy crust, when balanced off with a handful of toppings and melted cheeses, was so delicious and addictive when it’s served warm!! We couldn’t resist the temptation of gulping down one after another and my son broke his eating speed record. Guess what’s the rating given by my son to my pizza? 10 little fingers plus 10 little toes!! I was so touched with his generous rating even though it’s a bit over-exaggerating. This is also his usual way of hinting to his mommy that he likes to have another pizza treat soon.
The pizza sauce recipe should only be used as a reference as I didn’t measure every single ingredient. It was just my “guestimation”. However, you can still adjust the seasonings to your liking towards the end of the cooking process.
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Why not mark down a date on your calendar to make pizza during this school holiday with your kids? Kids always love playing with dough. Get your dough ready and let them have fun decorating it with their favourite toppings. It’s definitely a great fun-filled dayfor the family!!