Looking for a fun and delicious activity to do with your kids this summer? Look no further than pizza making! This step-by-step guide will show you how to have a blast while creating tasty homemade pizzas. Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, creativity, and of course, delicious pizza!
The first step in making homemade pizzas with your kids is to prepare the pizza dough. You can either make your own dough from scratch or use store-bought dough. If you choose to make your own, you will need ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and water. (We have an easy recipe for pizza dough right here) Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Once the dough is ready, cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the science behind yeast and how it helps the dough rise.
When the dough is almost ready, it's time to set up a pizza-making station. This is where kids can get creative with their toppings. Gather a variety of toppings such as cheese, pepperoni, vegetables, and even some unique options like pineapple or barbecue sauce. Set out bowls or plates with each topping so that your kids can easily access them. You can also provide different sauces like marinara, pesto, or even ranch dressing for added flavor options. Let your kids take turns adding their favorite toppings to their personal pizzas, encouraging them to experiment and try new combinations. This hands-on activity not only allows them to express their creativity but also teaches them about making choices and trying new things. Plus, it's a great opportunity for some quality bonding time with your little ones.
The best thing about summer pizza cooking is that you are able to enjoy the outdoors. If you have a KettlePizza grill insert for your grill (www.KettlePizza.com), you can cook your pizza outside on either gas or charcoal. The outdoor pizza grill device can cook a pizza in 6-7 minutes which is about ½ the indoor oven cooking time. While you supervise the cooking process, your kids can be playing catch or having fun on their swingset getting some fresh air. It’s so fun for kids to peer into the open chamber, which looks much like a woodfired oven you see in restaurants, and actually watch the pizza cooking. Grilled pizza can be so much tastier than pizza cooked in the oven if you add a little wood to the charcoal or even the gas process (insert link) and because the pizzas cook so fast in this manner, you should be sure to have a couple prepped to get another one cooking in while you are enjoying the first one.
Enjoy the pizza and enjoy your summer!
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