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I like doing pizzas…it’s one of those fail safe dishes that the kids tend to eat, and they quite enjoy lending a hand. Plus, it’s a good opportunity to use up all those old ingredients in the fridge! We’re using half a red pepper (which was looking really sorry for itself), some ham that is getting a bit curly at the edges, and an old tin of sweetcorn!

Fun Mini Pizzas

You Will Need:

1) 350g plain flour

2) 1 tsp easy cook yeast

3) 1 tsp salt

4) 1tbsp oil

5) 200ml warm water

6) 2-3 tomatoes

7) mozzarella, grated or shredded.

8) other cheeses, eg cheddar (if you like it cheesy!)

9) toppings of your choice!

How to make it:

1) About an hour and a half before you want to eat, prepare the pizza dough. Pour the flour into a large bowl, add the yeast, oil and salt, stir together then gradually add the warm water and stir into a dough. Get the kids to do it! Knead the dough for around five minutes, then drape a damp tea towel over the bowl and leave until its doubled in size (around 45 mins?)

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2) In the mean time, preheat the oven to 220c, then prepare your other ingredients, chop the tomatoes, drain the sweetcorn etc. if cooking with kids, pop the ingredients into handy little bowls!

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3) Separate the dough (after its risen!) into four balls and roll them flat, into pizza base shapes.

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4) Pop on the ingredients, tomato first, then cheese, then toppings. The kids enjoy this bit, unsurprisingly…though mine have just both bellowed at me from upstairs that they are ‘too busy’…hmmm.

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5) Pop them in the oven and cook for around 15-20 minutes.

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Total Cost? As everything that I used (bar the dough ingredients) was leftovers, pretty cheap! As an estimate…around £1.40? So 37p roughly per pizza.

The Verdict? DB1 enjoyed it (he always likes things he’s helped to cook!) though DB2 was less keen and basically, just ate all the bread and none of the topping. Seriously, someone tell this kid there is more to life than bread!! I thought it was a pleasant lunch, wish I’d remembered to add a little basil, but there you go. Still a good, filling lunch. OH took his off to the attic, so I can’t comment on his reaction!

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