Hello my lovelies,
I must apologize for not blogging much recently, I am working on rectifying this and hope to bring you some great blog posts, recipes and ideas every week starting today.
It’s half-term for us and as such I try to do some baking or cooking with Missy (DD has now been renamed to Missy since she’s 7 going on 15!). She was really craving pizza but as a dairy free kid she can’t have shop bought pizza. I know I can buy frozen pizza bases but I find they expensive when we can whip up a batch of pizza dough for mere pennies. Plus, I get the added bonus of teaching Missy about weights and measures and help her to learn the life skill of cooking.
We made her pizza and used Marchego cheese which is a hard goats cheese. While I know this isn’t dairy free it doesn’t contain the cows milk protein that affects her, however, she only has it occasionally.
After we made her pizza, there was a lot of dough left and I really didn’t fancy pizza because I was having chicken soup for lunch. Then I had an inspired thought… I could make focaccia!
This pizza dough is really versatile and can be used to make pizzas, focaccia, calzones, dough balls and much more. Check out Kitchn’s post for some great ideas.
Here’s the pizza dough recipe I use. It’s easy enough for kids to help but best made in the morning so that it has time to prove if you want to use it to make lunch. If you’re using it to make dinner, make it in the early afternoon.
Easy Pizza dough
500g plain flour
1 sachet of dried yeast
1 tsp each of sugar and salt
250ml of warm water mixed with 2 tsp olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until the dough is soft and well combined. Knead well in the bowl for about 5 minutes to break down the gluten.
Place the dough in a warm place covered with a tea towel for about an hour until it’s doubled in size. Probably about an hour or so.
Knead the dough again (also called knocking it back) for another 5 minutes. Cover with the tea towel and allow to rise in warm place. About 1-2 hours. It should be nicely risen.
This should make one small pizza and one swiss roll pan sized focaccia.
To make the focaccia, simply grease a swiss roll pan with a little olive oil and press the remaining pizza dough into the pan. Make little dents in the dough with your fingers pressing all the way into the bottom of the pan. Add some fresh sprigs of rosemary and brush with more olive oil all over the surface. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 220 degrees Celsius until it’s golden brown.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and as always, if you try the recipe please leave me a comment and let me know how you enjoyed it.