Easy Peasy Pizza

Blogging has been a bit quiet for me recently for many reasons. I’m working on a project at the moment that is taking up quite a bit of my free time and cooking in the house has been positively boring after a food-filled Christmas break.

This pizza recipe is partly due to the project I’m working on. I’ve been looking for a pizza recipe suitable for a class of children to make, bake & do the washing up all within a 90 min lesson. No mean feat I ask you.  Not a refined authentic pizza recipe in the slightest but a recipe that is perfect to be taught to classes of children with limited lesson time or even to be made at home.  Of course traditional pizza uses a yeasted dough, but with limited lesson this doesn’t give an adequate time period for the dough to rise so I needed to find an alternative. The base for this is essentially a basic scone recipe. It could have herbs, spices and even cheese added to the dough to make it different, however this time I just kept it simple.Topping wise anything can be used, I dare say you could even play with sweet toppings.

Although there is no yeast in the dough due to the self-raising flour the base will rise. The key, like scones, is not to make the base too thin. The thicker the base the more it will rise. This recipe makes 2 individual pizza that are about in diameter and are perfect for lunch boxes. If your interested in other lunchbox ideas, especially for kids, head to The Life of Wendy (who puts my lunches to shame) and Funky Lunch.

Easy Peasy Pizza
Makes 2 individual (5 inch) pizzas

150g Self-raising flour (plain flour could be used but the base won’t rise as much)
20g butter or marg
60ml milk
6 tbsp pizza sauce or tomato ketchup
handful of grated cheese
toppings (eg. sliced cherry tomatoes, ham, pepper)
mixed herbs

1) Rub together the flour and butter until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs. Stir in the milk until you have a soft dough. Knead for 30 seconds.

2) Split the dough into 2 equal balls and roll out into 2 rounds. Place both on a floured baking tray. Cover base with pizza sauce then sprinkle on the cheese, toppings and herbs.

3) Bake at 200°c for 10-15 min until golden.

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

18 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Pizza

  • Chele

    (January 17, 2010 - 5:40 pm)

    The first ever pizza base I ever made was in my school home ec class and was a variation of a scone ‘dough’. It became a regular Sunday night dinner request from my family. I’m sure the kids in your cooking class will get as much enjoyment from making their own as we did in my family ;0)

  • wendymallins

    (January 17, 2010 - 8:05 pm)

    That is a lovely quick alternative to making a pile of bread dough! I shall give it a go xx

  • Jennifer

    (January 17, 2010 - 9:36 pm)

    That looks absolutely delicious. We make pizza every Friday for family movie night, so we might have to give this a go one time.

  • Old Kitty

    (January 17, 2010 - 10:11 pm)

    Hi

    I can’t wait to try this – usually I only make pizza at weekends because of the wait (an hour to prove, another 1/2 hour on top of that etc.).

    So thanks!

    x

  • hopeeternal

    (January 18, 2010 - 12:02 am)

    Hello Jules
    Scone base sounds ideal for the limited time of a lesson. Hopefully you will all be done in time.
    I have a post listing three different types of base which might be of interest: traditional yeast type, scone type and a potato base pizza – plus a few ideas for even quicker bases but not made from scratch.
    http://hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/basic-recipe-pizza-bases/
    I hope your class enjoy their pizza session!
    h/e

    • Jules

      (January 24, 2010 - 9:42 pm)

      I’m really intrigued by the potato base. Does it have a texture similar to gnocchi?

      • hopeeternal

        (January 24, 2010 - 10:17 pm)

        Potato base is lovely but a bit heavier in texture than yeast or scone type. Its a long time since I had gnocci so I cannot remember, but I don’t think it is quite as soft.
        I have just come across another type of base which is cooked in a frying pan and doesn’t go in the oven at all. When I get back to cooking pizzas again I will try it out. (Tends to be summer rather than winter food in our house.)
        h/e

  • James

    (January 18, 2010 - 1:47 am)

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy recipes are always good! A yeast free pizza just makes such sense – fast food can be good food. Will be trying this for sure.

  • katie

    (January 18, 2010 - 7:19 am)

    How simple. I must give this a go!

    Hope it works out with the kids.

    Katie xox

  • Petit Filoux

    (January 18, 2010 - 9:31 am)

    That looks very tasty!! Not sure it’s a good idea for me to see this first thing on a Monday morning, it’s making me hungry already! x

  • Lexi

    (January 18, 2010 - 10:29 am)

    Looks lovely, sounds like a good work round for the time frame too!

  • the caked crusader

    (January 18, 2010 - 11:19 am)

    That looks tasty…very tasty!

  • Alex

    (January 18, 2010 - 1:11 pm)

    I’m always looking for tasty shortcuts to try – yum! Thanks!

  • The Curious Cat

    (January 18, 2010 - 4:37 pm)

    Looks good – just need a child to bake it with! Oh well! :) xxx

    • Jules

      (January 24, 2010 - 9:43 pm)

      Forget the kids, you can always cook it for yourself :)

  • beth

    (January 18, 2010 - 9:07 pm)

    My mum always uses a scone base for Pizza’s at School. Will try this with Lowen, who LOVES pizza

  • PinkCat

    (January 23, 2010 - 10:00 am)

    Mmmm. It looks great for big and little kids! You must let us know how it goes when you make it with your class. x

    • Jules

      (February 3, 2010 - 7:26 pm)

      The kids really enjoyed making them. We had so many different combinations of toppings.

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